Wednesday, March 26, 2008

A Pleasant Surprise

Sports Illustrated's baseball preview issue came today, and as the title of this post suggests, I was pleasantly surprised. SI continues to prove itself as the best publication of the mainstream media. First of all, I was surprised at how reasonable the playoff projections were. First of all, SI has the Tigers winning ninety games this year, as opposed to ESPN's prediction of 177, as well as the Yankees winning the AL east. They have the Tigers over the Cubs in the World Series, but I won't argue here, as the playoffs are basically impossible to predict. In the team previews, SI truly shines. They still include useless stats such as batting average, RBI, runs, W-L record, and saves, but they now include K/9, BB/9, as well as a new influence on OBP. They even included PECOTA projections, as well as a mention of OPS+ (!). I completely understand the inclusion of the older, useless statistics, because this will keep the ignorant majority happy, but the transition to more sabermetrically inclined statistics will help spread these stats.