Buster Olney: Colossal Hack
And I quote:
" The Rockies won 76 games last year, and with Tulowitzki at shortstop this year, they are 86-72. Well, actually, they are 84-67, because on those days when Tulowitzki hasn't played, Colorado is 2-5. As of today, Tulowitzki has been on the field for 84 Colorado victories this year. The Brewers were 28-19 when Braun was promoted to the big leagues, and are 1-1 on the days he hasn't played. So this year, Braun has been on the field for 52 Milwaukee victories. If Tulowitzki was a left fielder, or a right fielder, maybe the fact that he has played in thirty-two more victories than Braun wouldn't mean so much. "
1. Tulowitzki has been on the field for more victories than Braun
2. Tulowitzki is not a corner outfielder
3. Tulowtizki has been the best rookie in the national league
Facts Buster Olney may wish to consider:
1. Fuck that
2. Colorado has more wins
3. Shortstops are not infinitely more crucial to team wins than corner outfielders
4. Seriously, we're talking about 10% of a team's plate appearances, 0% of balls pitched, and maybe 15% of balls fielded that Tulowitzki is responsible for. But hey, 32 wins sounds more impressive.
5. Ryan Braun is cockslapping the ball at historic rates
6. Ryan Braun is cockslapping the ball at historic rates despite missing seven weeks of the season
7. Tulowitzki is putting up tremendous numbers for a rookie SS, yes, but HE'S DOING IT AT COORS MOTHERFUCKING FIELD.
Let the record show that BCB acknowledges Tulowtizki's higher WARP, however he attributes this exclusively to the Coors advantage. He cites Tulowitzki's .962/.721 Coors/not-Coors OPS split as evidence.