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0 Subject: Daily Blurb - September 20, 2012

Posted by: Guru
- [330592710] Thu, Sep 20, 2012, 11:50

Quote of the day
"We want to do a little of Minnesota Fats ... got to run the table We've got to believe we can do it. We have to get really hot. We have no alternative. The standings are very difficult, but we are alive and kicking." -- Tampa Bay manager Joe Madden. After a 13-3 rout of Boston, the Rays are still 5.5 games behind the 2nd wild card slot

Daily blurb
A few curious facts about the Baltimore Orioles:

  • They lost their first two extra inning games on April 10 & 11. Since then, they are 15-0 in extra innings.
  • They are 27-8 in 1-run games.
  • Over the course of the season, they’ve been outscored by 10 runs. (By comparison, the Yankees have outscored their opponents by 100 runs.)
  • Based on runs scored and allowed, the Bill James formula for expected wins produces an expected W-L of 73-76, versus an actual record of 85-64.
What’s it all mean? I guess they’ve had a knack for winning the close games and losing the blowouts. Or else they’ve been incredibly lucky. Or both.

I posted the 2012-13 NBA schedule yesterday, in the various RotoGuru formats. Scroll down to find the links in the basketball section of the left menu. And let me know if you see any errors. I have a process for putting this all together, but when I only do this once per year, I’m susceptible to forgetting or bungling elements of the process.

The Tour Championship teed off at 11:35am this morning. Jim Furyk is the most widely held GuruGolfer, owing mostly to his relatively cheap price. Of the more expensive golfers, Phil Mickelson has the greatest sponsorship. For the full season GuruGolf standings, the best ball title seems to be pretty securely in hand, but the worst ball title is definitely still up for grabs.

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