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Lowell Cohn's pertinent and impertinent take on sports

Statistical proof Giants and A’s can’t hit: or how I gave myself a migraine

I never do stats, except for this morning. I did stats. Grant let me into the beauty of OPS+. Millions of people know about OPS+ and even consider it outdated. Me, I’m not into stats and don’t know from OPS+. I wrote my Tuesday column about OPS+ and what it reveals about the Giants and A’s and how bad their hitting truly is. I still can’t believe I wrote about anything with a code name OPS+, but to read my… Read More »

World Series: Importance of Game 3

I’m about to head to the ballpark — yes, reporters get there very early. I want to leave you with this thought. The third game of the World Series is crucial — especially in this series. If the Giants win you must say they will win the World Series; it’s only a matter of time. If they lose, it’s now two games to one and the Rangers have two more at home. If the Rangers win, the World Series is… Read More »

The foul pole and the World Series

My press seat for the World Series at AT&T Park is in the auxiliary box, way down the left field line in the upper deck. I never sat there before and I find it interesting, mostly because of the foul pole. I sit above the foul pole. I never have looked down on a foul pole before. It’s windy in the ballpark and the pole rocks back and forth a few inches in each direction. I assume it’s built that… Read More »

Giants fans — I advise caution

It is a good feeling, I’m sure, for Giants fans. Their team is up 2-0 and¬†twice the Giants murdered the Rangers. But I advise a feeling of caution to go along with your terrific feeling of exuberance. I am not trying to be a drag. But I don’t feel comfortable declaring this World Series is over right now. I don’t feel comfortable at all. Texas is a strong team that handled the Rays and Yankees, two tough teams. This is… Read More »

Today’s Giants-Braves schedule

Just want to give you a heads up on how today works for the two teams and the media. It’s a big interview day. 4:20 pm — 4:45: Bobby Cox and Derek Lowe in the interview room at AT&T Park 4:45 — 6:00: Braves workout 5:30–6:00: Bruce Bochy and Tim Lincecum in interview room 6:15–7:30: Giants workout 7:30–8:00: Giants clubhouse open to media I hope Bochy announces his 25-man roster today — I’m not holding my breath. That would give… Read More »

Do Giants have an ace?

Today I’m asking a hypothetical question: Do the San Francisco Giants have an ace pitcher? I can ask this question another way — and this is the hypothetical part — if the playoffs started today, who would pitch the first game for the Giants and who would be the other two starters, assuming there would be only three starters in all? A year ago, you would have said Tim Lincecum would start the first game of the postseason, no question,… Read More »

Preferred Giants lineup

Note to readers. Grant sent me his preferred Giants lineup but I have been slow to post it. Sorry. Here goes. Bruce Bochy made his third different lineup in three days. He likes to tinker.¬† If I were the manager, I wouldn’t tinker so much. I would roll with this lineup: 1. Torres – CF 2. Sanchez – 2B 3. Sandoval – 3B 4. Huff – 1B 5. Burrell – LF 6. Uribe – SS 7. Posey – C 8.… Read More »