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Fahouse.com explains their lack of understanding of baseball by demonstrating that they also don’t understand cause and effect
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 Blue Jays
Rank them in the top four in any order you like and you’ll be off to a good start.