Welcome to Betaville, Population: You

If you’re reading this, you’ve stumbled upon the Futility Infielder WordPress beta. Despite having decided that it would be easier to fake my own death and start a brand new blog than take nine years — NINE YEARS (I forgot to celebrate the site’s anniversary on April 9) — and some 1300+ posts worth of FI posts and port them from Blogger to WP, I’m currently attempting to do just that.

Or more, actually — since building pages in DreamWeaver for the other parts of the site is a tedious bore, I’ll be turning the site’s entire architecture over to WP, though my coding to adapt one of the WP themes to my own devices is being done with all the grace of a man trying to perform a kidney transplant with a screwdriver, a nail gun and a book on dog psychiatry as a guide. Even so, the architecture is falling into place, though there’s plenty of decoration still to be done; I haven’t worried much about the various peculiarities of text styling for the blog. You’ll have to pardon my dust for awhile.

In any event, this week’s Baseball Prospectus content cooked in my kitchen consisted of the National League Hit List, the American League Hit List, and the combined, league-adjusted rankings. Atop the AL:

[#1 Rays] Kicking Ass, Taking Names: The Rays are dominating opponents, outscoring them by over three runs per game. Having scored at least eight runs in six of their past eight games, they’re averaging an MLB-best 6.5 per game and yielding a meager 3.3. Ben Zobrist (.250/.330/.369) has yet to get into the swing of things, though he does receive an extension which could run five years and around $30 million, or stop short at about $18 million if the first of two club options isn’t exercised. Some may raise an eyebrow given the manner in which the Zorilla’s 2009 stats scream “Fluke!” in an empty ballpark, but at a going rate of more than $5 million per win via the new MORP, he won’t need MVP-caliber production to justify the deal.

[#2 Yankees] The Microwave: It’s not the Yankees’ best week as they endure a 1-4 mini-slump, but they’re hardly in bad shape given that they’ve been getting almost nothing from their number two and three hitters, Nick Johnson (.143/.385/.232, albeit with an AL-high 20 walks) and Mark Teixeira (.139/.292/.266). Picking up much of the slack is Robinson Cano (.407/.444/.790), who’s first in the league in batting average, slugging, and True Average; he’s got four homers in his last four games, including a pair on Thursday night. Always a streaky hitter, Cano’s hottest months have never exceeded an OPS of 1053, but right now he’s in the stratosphere of Alex Rodriguez’s April 2007 start (.355/.415/.882).

I’ve started actually porting over the old FI posts, and I’m still sifting through the results. I’ve been told to expect the urge to punch a wall, Kevin Brown-style. Lead with the left, Jay, lead with the left…

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