What’s in a number?
For one thing, we know they can be “rational” or “irrational” or “imaginary.”
Just to be clear:
A number r is rational if it can be written as a fraction r = p/q where both p and q are integers. In reality every number can be written in many different ways. To be rational a number ought to have at least one fractional representation. For example, the number
((√5 + 1)/2)2 + ((√5 – 1)/2)2
may not at first look rational but it simplifies to 3 which is 3 = 3/1 a rational fraction. On the other hand, the number √5 by itself is not rational and is called irrational. This is by no means a definition of irrational numbers. In Mathematics, it’s not quite true that what is not rational is irrational.
Or as Kanye might say:
“That shit cray.”
Which leads us to this gem, according to John Harper:
At a staff meeting a couple of days ago, Sandy Alderson told Mets executives and baseball personnel that he strongly believes that the ballclub can and maybe even should win 90 games this season.
At which point Emperor Fred Wilpon chimed in, “We better win 90.”
How’s that for throwing down the empty gauntlet?!
Big talk, all around.
In the old days, this might have been called giving a man enough rope to hang himself. Or, more likely, hang somebody — it usually starts with the clubhouse boy, works its way to hitting coach, then the manager.
As Harper pointed out, the Vegas line has the Mets at 73.5 wins.
Baseball Prospectus projects the Mets at 73-89 based on PECOTA.
My blogging partner, Mike, is calling for an 85 win acid test. Not that he’s predicting it, but that 85 should be the measure. It’s time to produce on the field. Or the fecal matter should hit the winding turbine.
Meanwhile, I’m still not seeing an 80-win team.