Fanhouse gets out the dartboard for another power ranking

Saturday, May 2nd, 2009   (7 years, 12 months ago)

Fahouse.com explains their lack of understanding of baseball by demonstrating that they also don’t understand cause and effect

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Another week another example that no one at fanhouse.com has ever actually followed baseball. This week fanhouse.com has chosen a new theme for their “power rankings” - proving that they don’t understand cause and effect.

They explain that the Marlins huge tailspin over the last week was a sign that the team had succumbed to the “curse” of being ranked #1 by fanhouse.com. Now some people would have looked at the Marlins numbers and realized that they were a team that was getting very, very lucky and were already in the process of crashing back to earth when you ranked them #1. Some might have considered their record against teams that weren’t the Nationals. Others though might choose to rank the team first while ignoring those facts and then assert that there is a curse associated with the top spot.

And that’s where the whole cause and effect thing comes in. The Marlins collapsed because they are a mediocre team with very mediocre pitching, batting and fielding numbers that got lucky and had a soft schedule. Ranking them first and then having them go into a tailspin isn’t a sign that your rankings carry a curse - it’s a sign that you’re idiots who don’t understand baseball.

Meanwhile, relating back to my previous post on this subject, the Blue Jays are now only ranked behind two teams that they are significantly better than.

There’s only gonna be so much Roy Halladay can do when the offense finally slows down a bit

Interesting outlook. More interesting though is that the team you rank first has given up exactly 3 fewer runs than the Jays in 2 fewer games. The Jays currently lead the AL East in team ERA, BAA, WHIP and strikeouts (by 15 over Boston). The story so far has been the Jays’ MLB leading offense, but their pitching has been among the best in baseball (certainly the best in the AL East)

In conclusion let me help you out with this inability to recognize good baseball fanhouse: There are currently 4 exceptional teams in the Major Leagues.

The Red Sox
The Dodgers
The Cardinals
The Blue Jays

Rank them in the top four in any order you like and you’ll be off to a good start.

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Comments on “Fanhouse gets out the dartboard for another power ranking”

  1. admin

    Oh and they decided to break their pattern and keep the White Sox in the #11 position this week even though they lost a series to the Blue Jays. Sneaky move fanhouse…

  2. laojoe

    It’s funny how fanhouse removed their week 3 rankings from their site. Go to their power rankings and you will see they have them archived since the preseason , then week 1,2 and straight to 4. I think they got thoroughly embarrassed and that they are only bringing the Jays up a little and dropping the Marlins a little to make it look like they are getting smarter without admitting they were wrong.

  3. admin

    That is awesome!

    …now if only they could be convinced to stop doing any more power rankings. Or to hire someone who actually follows baseball.

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