Nerd of Batman, sports, logic, objectivity, Star Trek, personal enlightenment, Lincoln, the Rays, psychology, mic dropping. Kind've in that order.
KCP - Kentavious Caldwell Pope
WAR - Wins Above Replacement
FIP - Fielding Independent Pitching
LD% - Line Drive Percentage.
LOOGY - Left Handed One Out Guy
B/S - Batman/Superman
Paul Goldschmidt and Joey Votto are fine MVP choices, but Clayton Kershaw is putting up some historic numbers this year. Someone finally agrees with my Kershaw-for-MVP sentiment. What will work against Kershaw is that he was brilliant pre-Puig, when Mattingly was about to be let go, as well as right through this moment. Puig, and Hanley Ramirez have had more to do with the Dodger's blistering last 60 games than Kershaw, who's done nothing but mowed away hitters from day 1.
More quality writing on the Lions, and their dominate front four, from The MMQB. Perhaps I was year too early when stating that Lions front four could offer what the Giants line has done recent years. If Suh, Fairley and company can't live up to that expectation, it's going to be another long season for the Lions.
The LBs still do nothing more than tackle what hits them in the chest, and their coverage skills may be even weaker. If you follow this type of stat, typically it's used for fantasy, the Lions may be fantasy's worst defense against tight ends this year.
No corner, aside from Chris Houston, has distinguished himself. And it's victory when Louis Delmas can do more than warmup.
The offense? Well, they're two weeks late, but it seems they've heeded my advice about find more reliable pass catchers, though it's likely too late to find what they're said to be looking for.
If they do manage to acquire a receiver, I expect Mikel Leshoure to be the barter fee. Running back is really the only position the Lions can say they have any type of surplus (I don't think they want to subtract from the defensive line, unless they can convince someone Willie Young's going to break out this year). No, Havard Rugland isn't worth what you think. Nice try though.
I've brainstormed ways to back up this assertion, but because one is an outfielder and the other a pitcher, I can't find comparable points. So just trust me when I say Jose Fernandez's mostly 20 year old season (just turned 21) deserves to be thought of when you ruminate on Mike Trout's incomparable rookie year last year. Is he already the best pitcher in baseball? No. But someone gave that argument a shot. If you wanta legitimate debate, how about, 'who would you rather...Fernandez or Harvey?'
Baseball cards, remember them? Maybe the worst one ever, and other thoughts on something that really is no more.
Me, on #batfleck.
I was sleeping, then driving, so here: You guys (the Internet) act as if Daredevil came out yesterday. It was TEN years ago, and it was unreasonably compared to the exceptional Spider-Man movies. That was the benchmark at the time. Personally speaking, DD was better than both F4 movies, the third Spider-Man and the Ghostrider calamities. If DD was remade today with the dark tone it deserves, and how much of cinema has been Nolan-ized, it would be a no-doubt smash. (Watch, if Guardians flops, Marvel will kick themselves with $1000 bills for not recalibrating DD). Affleck also gets dealt unfair criticism because of how he got himself sucked into pop culture relationships...again, TEN years ago. He's not some pretty boy, heartthrob anymore. When the movie comes out he'll be nearly 42. And with all the vitriol out right now, I'm sure he'll be more than ornery enough to play the Batman role the next movie needs - you know that role if you got the quote from SDCC. Then, WB/DC has a fantastic director, to work with/mentor Zack Snyder for future movies. Geez, I can't imagine how the Internet would've collapsed on itself when people found out Mr. Mom was tasked with reviving comic's darkest hero. That worked out just fine. Rant. Over.
Warp drive! Let's go to Kronos! No. Wait. We're going anywhere because this guy won't share his research info proving WHY and HOW we can do warp. Boo.
I'm confident, like 7 out of 10, in my Bengals pick to win the AFC. Read this, and your courage may equal mine.
These girls look much better in their comics shirts than I do.
Uh oh, the Pirates should've gotten a bigger bat before the deadline.