Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Plate discipline stats, above all other metrics, are the most stable, repeatable stats in the game, reducing the component of ‘luck’ solely to the quality of the opposing pitcher and, more rarely, the whims of the umpire – in short, not luck in the least. Unlike batting average or BABIP, the numbers that we see from a batter’s plate interaction give us a clear narrative of a batter, one not muddled by fortune’s caprice.
The narrative of Kipnis’s plate discipline in 2013 was that of an incredibly low swing rate which fueled a very high walk rate and, in part, an increase in strikeouts – an increase as much a result of a diminished contact rate as the low swing rate. By far the most notable facets of Kipnis’s plate discipline was his puzzlingly low rate at which he swung at pitches, a rate that was fourth-lowest in the majors among qualified batters.” [Grimm/Indians Baseball Insider]
“With 2014′s National Signing Day set for Wednesday, nearly all of the state of Ohio’s top 100 recruits have chosen where they will play their college football.
Nine are headed to Ohio State, including the top six of Cincinnati Moeller linebacker Sam Hubbard, Cleveland Glenville defensive backs Erick Smith and Marshon Lattimore, Cleveland St. Ignatius linebacker Kyle Berger and Akron St. Vincent-St. Mary teammates Dante Booker (a linebacker) and Parris Campbell (a running back).” [Hartman/FSO]
“For 11 years, with two notable exceptions, the Super Bowl was terrible. This is a strange thing, if you have not reached a certain age, to consider. We have become spoiled by terrific Super Bowls. Since the clock turned to Y2K, we’ve had that half-a-yard-short Rams-Titans game in 2000, the emotionally stirring Patriots-Rams tilt in 2002, that sneaky-great Patriots-Panthers game in 2004, the McNabb Vomit Bowl of Patriots-Eagles in 2005, the wild fourth quarter of Steelers-Cardinals in 2009, the NOLA street party of Saints-Colts in 2010, the Eli Manning ascendance of Giants-Patriots II in 2012, the blackout lunacy of Ravens-49ers in 2013 and, best of all, the sticky-helmet gasping wonder of Giants-Patriots I in 2008. Those are nine games that would have been considered breathtaking if they happened in the regular season; to see them in the Super Bowl made them immortal.” [Leitch/Sports on Earth]