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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Phillies beat writers are funny

Today is perhaps the slowest sports day of the year, so I will take the time to nit-pick a blog post from David Murphy. In a story about an 18-year-old pitcher in the Phillies organization at class-A Lakewood, Murphy writes:

"Phillies prospect Jason Knapp, a second round pick last season who is one of the hottest prospects in the Phillies system, was placed on the seven-day disabled list with shoulder fatigue. The righty, who turns 19 later next month, is 2-7 with a 4.01 ERA at Class A Lakewood, but has struck out 111 and walked just 39 in 85 1/3 innings."

Just 39 walks? Over 85.3 innings, that total gives Knapp a rate of 4.1 walks per 9 innings. The ML average in 2008 was 3.4. So when Murphy writes that he's walked "just 39," he's leading you to believe he has good control. In actuality, he should say that Knapp has "walked 39 in just 85 1/3 innings."

But, you know, he went to journalism school, and I live in my mother's basement, so what the hell do I know anyway.

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