Each day that we follow our beloved team brings new enlightenment. That's really why we do all this blogging stuff, isn't it? I'm sure not contributing to this wonderful journal in order to preserve the details of the season for posterity. I do it to learn about MYSELF and my relationship to MY TEAM. So what did I learn? I yearn for the ability to predict performances, yet I'm too irrational to pull it off. Let me explain...
As always, I like to prepare myself before Tim pitches. With a little effort I came across these factoids:
1. Tim owns a perfect 6-0 record in May, with a .211 avg against
2. He is also perfect against Atlanta, 4-0 with a 2.70 era. Last year he won twice giving up 3 runs in 15.2 innings.
Based on this I was sure of one thing: Tim was going to LOSE!! Makes sense, huh? I guess it is reverse logic; if it looks too good it probably is too good. I suppose all I'm trying to do is protect myself from HUGE expectations. But COME ON, Tim was pitching! Didn't matter, I was sure we were in for trouble. Even I was impressed by my pessimism.
Of course, I was wrong. Tim was, well Tim. He dominated the Braves again: 8 innings, NO RUNS, 5 hits, 2 walks and 8 STRIKEOUTS. His ERA is down to 3.03 and his record stands at a nifty 4-1. His record when given 3 runs or more is a sweet 23-1. The guy is the real deal and we all know it.
His performance was, in fact, quite predictable. So why wasn't I capable? Will I ever get over my irrational fears and be able to prognosticate? Is my insecurity clouding my judgement? Does judgement even matter?
Comment Starter: What predictive indictators do you use? Anything scientific, or is just mystical (Zo?) and irrational? What's the BEST PREDICTION you have ever made? Any current predictions you would like to share? .....oh yeah, you can talk about the game too.
photo credit: ME! I took this on our last trip to Bandon, OR