Today is the last day to enter the Stumbling on Wins book contest. I introduced Stumbling on Wins and the contest on Monday. The winner gets a free copy of the book. There is one main question and one tie breaker question. If there is still a tie after the tie breaker, then there will be a random drawing. Please send your answers via e-mail: TIGER337 (at) COMCAST (dot) NET (I left out @ and . to throw off SPAM bots). Also, please put "Book Contest: Stumbling on Wins" in the header of your e-mail. The deadline for entries is tonight at 8:00 PM.
Main Question: How many runs will the Tigers score against the Seattle Mariners in the three game series from April 16-18?
Tie breaker: Which Tiger will get the most hits in the series and how many will he get?
I also wanted to mention that sabermetrics has hit the mainstream media again today. This time the New York Times has a column written by Baseball-Reference creator Sean Forman. He discusses Batting Runs, ERA+ and Total Zone and includes 2009 leader boards for each. It's really good to see the mainstream media start to accept and try to understand sabermetrics as they have recently.
Predictably, the commenters are skeptical of the new statistics. One of them even says that we can't trust the numbers because we don't know how they are calculated. Of course, that's not true. They are all explained in Beyond Batting Average. Batting Runs and ERA+, in particular, are explained in great detail.