Six Spring Training Truths (Small Sample Size Be Damned)

As my loyal readers might have noticed (all three of you), the activity here at 500 Level Fan has been a bit slow as of late. That’s not because I’ve had enough of the blog. It’s not because I’m losing my love for the Jays. No, it’s mainly because I’m not really a Spring Training kind of guy.

Don’t get me wrong – I’m excited that baseball is back. Thrilled really. But the spring games are kind of lost on me. Things would be totally different if I was in

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Dunedin (which hopefully happens next year. #Dunedin2013!). I would be all over the games, constantly at or around the field. But it’s just hard for me to get excited about the game here. It’s tough to listen to them on the radio because the players don’t really play all that hard, and the announcers spend a lot of time talking about things other than the actual game. It’s impossible to watch them on TV – a lot of times it looks like the games are being filmed on a cell phone camera. And it’s hard to be excited about the results, because for the most part they’re meaningless.

But screw it.

I’m going to have some fun with the spring stats now, just because I can.

Here are six things we know – 100% for certain – so far:

1. We won the Sergio Santos – Nestor Molina trade….by a mile

Nestor Molina: 0-1, 5 ER in 1.1 IP, 33.75 ERA, 5.25 WHIP, .700 opponents average

Sergio Santos: 2 IP, 0.00 ERA, 0.50 WHIP, .000 opponents average

An absolute steal by AA.

2. Travis Snider wins the LF job

Snider: .267 average, 1.000 OPS, 2 HR, 6 RBI

Thames: .250 average, .750 OPS, 1 HR, 2 RBI

Mission accomplished.

3. Kyle Drabek is a lost cause

Three innings pitched. Three earned runs. 9.00 ERA. 2 walks. .364 opponents average. Release him!

4. The Colby Rasmus trade looks worse and worse

First St. Louis won the World Series last year. Now Marc Rzepczynski has a 0.00 ERA, 0.00 WHIP, and a 18.00 K/9 ratio! And Colby Rasmus is only hitting .222! Failure!

5. Signing Omar Vizquel was a terrible move

Omar was brought in primarily for his defense. Yet he already has an error and a ghastly .750 fielding percentage! Horrendous!

6. The Second Wild Card is ours

Looks like the Yankees are aging fast and that Tampa Bay isn’t as good as expected. They have a combined winning percentage of .308 – much closer to last than first.

So there you go.

Lesson 101 on how meaningless spring stats are.

Bring on the real games.

4 thoughts on “Six Spring Training Truths (Small Sample Size Be Damned)”

  1. Yes, but the two years that the jays had their best spring training records (if I recall, it was 85 and 89) they won the al east. (thank you, twitter knowledge hat). Thus, jays are the best team ever.

  2. Snider needs to be traded. Even if he gets the job he will inevitably flop, and get demoted….again. I say give it to Thames (it’s his to lose anyhow), and get an asset for Snider.

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