Mood: buzzed
Posted on 2006-06-09 13:48:00
Tags: baseball baseballstats
Words: 244

I'm having one of those days (really, one of those "last few days") where things are going very well (codewise). I left work yesterday with a mysterious problem, and solved it quickly this morning (my idea of what the problem was was right on, just needed a little more tweaking), which is always a good feeling. Also, I had a large mocha this morning, so I've reached a state of higher consciousness.

Nachos for lunch (not just nachos, mind you, but suuuuper nachos!) is awesome. Nachos for dinner (as I did at the astros game last week) is also good.

Inspired by the baseball books I've been reading, I present the expected runs per inning finder. There isn't a whole lot of data, but it's rather interesting. For example, if you have a runner on first with no outs, you never want to sacrifice him to second - the probability of having a zero-run inning goes from 57.6% to 59.3%. Sacrifices in general usually aren't worth it on a runs scored per inning basis, although they can be if you really just need a run.

From a technical standpoint, I used XPath for the first time, and got it to work with IE and Firefox without too much trouble. I also added more Retrosheet data to both the expected runs per inning finder and the Win Expectancy Finder.

The Texas Pride Festival is tomorrow in Austin. I'll be there!

Thank you, namaste, and good luck.


Comment from djedi:

Nachos are pretty good already, so I'm sure Suuuper nachos are even better!

Comment from gregstoll:

A coworker and I had a discussion about at what point nachos become super. We decided that you had to have some sort of meat, but also something other than cheese (to exclude the "chili and cheese" case, which is definitely not super). Also, guacamole automatically makes them super.

Comment from djedi:

Yes, I know you love guacamole. :) I'll have to learn how to make some at home.

Comment from wonderjess:

ooh! carrie has a super-easy and yummy recipe for guacamole. one avacado, and some salsa, mixed together. then you can choose how spicy it is, or whatever, by picking a yummy salsa.

Comment from djedi:

How do you fix the avacado?

Comment from wonderjess:

just slice in half around the pit (all the way around, but not all the way through) then twist the two parts apart and pull out the pit (should come out pretty easily). then use a spoon to scoop out all the yummy green parts, then just mash it all up in a bowl and add salsa (don't need much salsa--too much and it tastes like all salsa and no avocado). yum!

Comment from gregstoll:

Ooh, interesting!

Comment from anonymous:

If you like guac, you should have the stuff they serve at Boudro's in San Antonio. They make it at your table...mmm, so good.

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