OK, so everybody knows what happened to the Birds on Sunday (and Monday. Eeeesh...) but it was interesting to watch that game through the eyes of a 6 year old. It was his first time watching an extra inning game.
The Win Probability graphs from those two heartbreakers, courtesy of FanGraphs:
Do you know what the odds are of coming that close to winning and then blowing the game two nights in a row? My college statistics skills are a little rusty but the rough calculation is something like 1 in 3.4 gazillion! Damn you, Baseball Gods!
Alex Cintron is on the DL and Freddie Bynum is back with the big club.
I have always been a fan of Cintron, even back to his early days with Arizona. Even though the production was not always there, I just love that guy as a player.
It's the same thing with Freddie Bynum. I'm just glad he's back. Somehow, I think he makes the team better.
Adam Jones vs. Nick Markakis (rookie years)
Jones' Batting Markakis' Batting
April .263/.311/.389 .182/.270/.288
May .226/.273/.312 .254/.329/.338
June .323/.349/.455 .338/.403/.400
It's encouraging progress.
I'm very curious to see how Adam Loewen performs out of the bullpen. More to come...