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  • Posted Does Jeff Mathis have a purpose in life? to The Halo Is Lit
    Update: I've modified the arithmetic with the help of some newly discovered catching statistics tracked by Baseball Reference. The conclusions remain the same.A Fanpost by mattwelch over at Halo's Heaven pretty much explodes the common perception (common at least among...
  • Posted Pitchers: Pulling their weight, but just barely to The Halo Is Lit
    I've been extremely busy lately with a big project at work, and it takes just about all the time I have to spare to follow the team each day. But, I did promise a breakdown of the pitching staff, to...
  • Posted Position players: Earning their keep to The Halo Is Lit
    Here is the view of Angels position players (with 100 PA or more) from the sabersphere (i.e. Fangraphs): RAR WAR Worth Paid Value Torii Hunter 27.6 2.8 $12.4 $7.1 $5.3 Chone Figgins 22.8 2.3 $10.3 $2.4 $8.0 Juan Rivera 20.9...
  • Posted Regression fallacy to The Halo Is Lit
    In a recent explosion of offense, the Angels have cruised to two lopsided victories over the San Diego Padres while scoring 20 runs and hitting 7 balls over the fence (4 of them by Torii Hunter). And this comes on...
  • Commented on Don't mess with Texas?
    I've been torn about what to think about Bill James in recent years. Judging from the essays in the last few BJ Gold Mines, he seems to have lost some of that critical "edge" that made him such an effective...
  • Commented on Don't mess with Texas?
    The fact that pitch counts are measured at all is an indication of how the game has changed in the last 10-15 years; a pitcher's workload used to be measured purely in innings pitched. The sabermetrics people are completely responsible...
  • Posted Don't mess with Texas? to The Halo Is Lit
    Note: The stats below were current when this was drafted on 6/1. Since then, Texas has split its last 4 games while being outscored 23-18.It's the burning question in the AL West this year: Are the Rangers for real? Texas...
  • Posted Erick Aybar, the two-hole, and the Brandon Wood NOW! Political Action Committee to The Halo Is Lit
    With Brandon Wood hitting .337 / .417 / .726 (!) at AAA,and the team slugging only .413 through Saturday's game, it is understandable that Angels fans are clamoring for his recall. However, it should be obvious by now that, for...
  • Posted The bell tolls for thee to The Halo Is Lit
    Regardless of your feelings about the Red Sox, it was tough watching David Ortiz this week. Not because I feel sorry for him; he'll make more money this year than I will in my entire life. It was tough because...
  • Commented on Falling on Black Days
    Mostly I've been busy with work, but hopefully I can become more active on both blogs as things settle down in the near future. I didn't realize I would be missed; I appreciate the sentiment....
  • Posted "If on-base percentage is so important, then why don't they put it up on the scoreboard?" to The Halo Is Lit
    Those are the words of Jeff Francoeur, spoken like a player with a career .312 OBP. And actually, Jeff, many ballparks do put OBP up on the scoreboard. The quote comes from a recent ESPN.com article by Jerry Crasnick, which...
  • Posted Definitely Maybe to The Halo Is Lit
    Aside from last Friday's horrific bullpen fail, which I had the displeasure of witnessing in person (more on that another time), the Angels have really come to life over the last ten days. The team continues to get performances from...
  • Posted Falling on Black Days to The Halo Is Lit
    I'll be helping out this season here at The Halo Is Lit, hopefully reviving some user activity, and maybe even contributing something worth reading once in awhile. Updates may be sporadic for a few weeks, but they should become more...
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