Archive for February 21st, 2008

Thursday, February 21st, 2008
Yankees Rumors & News

Last week Popular Science reported on a statistical analysis (dubbed Spatial Aggregate Fielding Evaluation, or SAFE) by professor Shane Jensen at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. The study attempted to develop a formula that would determine “the probability of the average player at each position recording an out on a batted ball,” which could then be compared against the real-world statistics to determine how many runs were saved or caused by an individual player’s fielding.

The study showed, not surprisingly, that defense at first base impacts the game the least, with even the best fielding first baseman only saving a run or two over the course of a season (Sorry, these findings are already starting to sound fishy).

Of more note to New Yorkers, the study found that during his time playing shortstop for the Texas Rangers, Alex Rodriguez was the best everyday shortstop in the game, saving 10.40 runs each season. You will never guess who ranks dead last in these rankings.

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Mets Rumors & News

In case you missed it, the newest Met, Johan Santana, is featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated this week for the magazine’s 2008 Spring Training Issue.

The featured column is entitled “The Savior of Port St. Lucie” and looks at how Santana has lifted the gloom over the franchise without even throwing a pitch.

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Islanders Rumors & News

I’ve been hearing rumors that Six Flags is thinking about making an Islanders themed roller coaster. This season has been nothing less. From a 7-game losing streak into a current 5-game winning streak(their longest since 2003) the Islanders are once again in the thick of the playoff race.

Going into last nights game against the Washington Capitals, the Islanders were riding high after a come from behind win on Monday stretching their winning streak to 4. But with 4 out of their top 5 defensemen injured, the Islanders had a tall order in front of them.

The Islanders came out flat footed and 2 minutes into the game, goalie Rick DiPietro was forced to make a tough save on former Islander Viktor Kozlov from the top of the crease. Only seconds later however, Alexander Semin streaked down the ice on a breakaway, deked to his backhand and scored to put the Caps up 1-0. After the goal, the Islanders buckled down and increased their effort on the forecheck giving themselves more chances in the offensive zone. …

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