One of my most favorite shows growing up was Bill Nye the Science Guy (or his site). My favorite segment was always the ‘DID YOU KNOW THAT?’ bit that ended with the same crazy voice echoing, ‘KNOW YOU KNOW….’
Long and short of it, the show was truly the only reason many of us thought science was cool, and that segment always hit the spot. Knowing this, and knowing I’m always looking for a gimmick (like, say, letting one of our friends write instead of me… don’t judge our back catalog ladies and germs, I was n ‘sabbatical’), I think you know what’s coming:
DID YOU KNOW THAT…
… Roy Halladay, the notorious control king has an excellent K:BB ratio of 6.61. Cliff Lee is just being ridiculous this year. His K:BB? 14.833. CAN YOU IMAGINE WHAT WOULD BE GOING ON IF HE HAD STAYED IN PHILLY?! @#$%&*!
… in 85 at bats (entering tonight) over the past month Cliff Pennington, yes THAT Cliff Pennington has 6 doubles, 4 triples, and 5 stolen bases? And a .436 on-base percentage to boot?
… Scotty Podsednik has 6 sacrifice flies (4 the past month). He has 10 sacrifice bunts. He has been caught stealing 10 times. You do not want this man on your wiffle ball team.
… We were kinda right about this Sean Rodriguez guy?
… Russell Martin, the bane of my fantasy existence at catcher, has a BB:K ratio of 40:48. He’s having a decent season, by most accounts. His OPS? .684. Would you like to know who has a higher OPS? My grandmother (drum roll, cymbal crash). Gosh I’m like butta’ I’m so a roll.
…Ricky Nolasco has given up 20 homers. That in and of itself is a stat to look at. He has given up 115 hits. I will do the math for you: that is 17.39% of his hits surrendered going over fences. AND 9 of the last 42 hits he has given up were homers (21.43%). Ricky, just hit the guy!
… but Randy Wolf (who had a 5 homer-allowed game) has him beat. Over the past month (30 innings) , Wolf has surrendered 14 walks and 27 hits. How many for long john silverbombs? 9. That, ladies and germs, is 1/3, or 33.3% Wow. Hopefully, you have benched him accordingly. And have prayed to the trade gods.
… Speaking of trades, J.J. Putz hasn’t given up a run his last 12 and 1/3 innings- Will someone please let him close? Or can the Red Sox trade for him? I just watched Hideki Okeydokeyjima give up a laser to Crawford. The other Sox don’t need him. Please?
… Joey Votto leads the NL in runs created. He has 21 homers and 59 RBI’s. His OBP is .395. He has 751 total bases. His middle name is Daniel. And he might not be an All-Star. This is sad. And infuriating to all Votto owners. But also a sad commentary on the voting system for the game and how it is treated by the MLB
… Over the last month, your #4 and #6 leaders in hits? Gaby Sanchez (39) and David Dejesus (38). This is interesting to me, sorry.
… Carlos Santana is VERY good. (9 2B’s and 5 Homers good.)
… That Wilson Betemit is still in the Majors?
OK that was mean. But NOW YOU KNOW!