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Comment Winter Olympics, Joba Chamberlain, Johan Santana and the Mets' roster depth

It was an interesting week here at the blog, prompting the judges to wonder, "Can't we all just get along?"

In any case, it's time for the medals.

The bronze goes to JE, who sneaked in one more riff on the upcoming Bud Selig statue:

My hope remains that the statue will replicate Selig's pose just before announcing that the All-Star Game in Milwaukee would end in a tie. 

The silver goes to Bob Tufts, who responded to my notion that perhaps the Red Sox were getting too cute with their strong emphasis on pitching and defense:

Ken - hold any negative thoughts on the overvalue of pitching and defense until we see the first two months of the Mets.

And the gold goes to Islander505, who offered yet another takedown of my affection for statistical analysis. I of course disagree with his opinion (from two time zones away I believe), but what the hell, I got a good laugh out of it:

It's getting to be more and more like tuning into ESPN Classic every time I link into this blog. The only thing missing is a catchy opening jingle with a Jim McKay's voiceover:

"KDB's Wide World of Stats! Spamming the Internet to bring you the constant regurgitation of mental gymnastics, the thrill of decimals, and the agony of percentages. The human wasteland of actuarial computations.....this is K-D-B's Wide World of Stats.

(The first portion of today's show is brought to you by TEK Electronics, the worldwide leader in computational products....TEK brings out the nouveau chicness in you).

Good afternoon everybody, I'm Ken Davidoff, and today we're travelling to Turin, Italy (by way of Tampa) where a 16-year-old-girl, using graphic illustrations on her XBox, has come up with some amazing revelations and statistical analysis of why Vinko Bogataj tumbled down the ski run so long ago.

Young Anita Bellavita has spent the last 120 days in front of her computer screen and calculator to come up with an amazing hyperbolic matrix that blames a slushy track brought on by global warming and too many squat exercises after consuming excessive stuffed grape leaf dinners. Come with me as we travel to Turin to learn about this amazing calculation!"

--For my column from Yankees camp, I wrote that the team should give Joba Chamberlain one more chance to be a starting pitcher. Not the current situation, which is, "If everyone's healthy, Joba will relieve," but a real chance to start.

The thing that strikes me is how easy it would be to switch Chamberlain and Phil Hughes (or Alfredo Aceves, Chad Gaudin or Segio Mitre) if Chamberlain as a starter worked out as shakily as it did last year. Chamberlain could pretty much switch instantly from starter to setup man, whereas Hughes could gradually build up his pitch count the way Chamberlain did in 2008.

Besides, with Hughes on a modest innings limit (it'll probably be in the 180 range), he couldn't be a full-fledged starter for the entirety of the season, anyway.

--Johan Santana says he's the best pitcher in the NL East, and if you're a Mets fan, you've gotta love the bravado. But...I'd probably go with new Phillie Roy Halladay, myself. Even with a challenging home ballpark, Halladay has to be salivating over the assignment of pitching in the inferior NL.

--Occasional commenter Will Davidian wrote an interesting piece about the Mets' organizational depth, and argues that, should another injury plague strike the Mets, they'll be better prepared with some improved talent at Triple-A Buffalo.

--The Verducci Effect gets some scrutiny here and here. Thanks to JE and NaOH for the links.






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