Pitching Numbers, Cost of Spam, Cookie Poll

Goodbye, Bowling Green and hellloooooooo, West Michigan. After splitting four games with the Hot Rods, the TinCaps take on the Whitecaps for the first time in two months. While July and August were jam packed with games against South Bend, the home stretch involves a lot of West Michigan, Lansing, Dayton and Bowling Green.

The Whitecaps are 22-22 in the second half, five games out of first place. As the standings fall today with 26 regular season games remaining, the TinCaps are in a good spot:

Bowling Green 27- 17 0 GB

Fort Wayne 26-18 1.0 GB

Lansing 25-19 2.0 GB

Lake County 24-20 3.0 GB

South Bend 22-22 5.0 GB

West Michigan 22-22 5.0 GB

Since Bowling Green and Lansing qualified for the playoffs in the first half, it’s the next two teams with the best records that make it in, which right now puts Fort Wayne and Lake County as your qualifiers.

Something to keep an eye on as this series begins:

In the first seven days of August, the Fort Wayne relief corps has carried the innings load. With Frank Garces throwing five innings on Tuesday, that leaves starting pitchers having gone 22 innings this month, and relievers having thrown 38. In those seven games, the TinCaps have gone 3-4.

In today’s TinCaps Report Podcast, hear from Travis Jankowski, who says a change from the leadoff spot was good for him:

“I was struggling at the top of the lineup. Jose made the right call to move me down and help me get my confidence back and see some better pitches. I feel a lot more comfortable at the top of the lineup now and hopefully I can continue to get on base and score some runs,” Jankowski said.

THE COST OF SPAM

We all get it and we all hate it–spam email. But if you use a service with a good-enough spam filter, you hardly even notice that it’s there anymore. While most of us just ignore spam, there are some folks who have decided to study it, and to determine spam’s cost to society. Here’s what they found:

“Justin Rao of Microsoft and David Reiley of Google (who met working at Yahoo) have teamed up to estimate the cost of spam to society relative to its worldwide revenues. The societal price tag comes to $20 billion. The revenue? A mere $200 million. As they note, that means that the “‘externality ratio’ of external costs to internal benefits for spam is around 100:1. Spammers are dumping a lot on society and reaping fairly little in return.” In case it’s not clear, this is a suboptimal situation. “

The two researchers found that only 1 in 25,000 people need to buy something through spam to make it worthwhile for the spammers.

One day, though, I really will win a foreign lottery…

GIRL SCOUT COOKIES

I had some Thin Mints last night, and I must say–they were quite delicious. When I say I had some, I really mean about seven. Is it possible to eat just one or two? No. That answer is indisputable. However, I still contend that the Tagalongs remain as the clear winner in the Girl Scout cookie world. The perfect combination of peanut butter, chocolate and crunchy cookie places it at a Usain Bolt-like distance ahead of all other choices.  The same goes for the head-to-head matchup of chocolate chip vs. oatmeal raisin cookies. It’s chocolate chip by a landslide.

I open this vote today to you, the people, to declare your choice for Girl Scout cookie champion. Comments are welcome at the bottom of the post.

MUSICAL GUEST

Mumford and Sons (with a new song!)…take it away!

If you’d like to get in touch, you can reach me at Couzens@TinCaps.com or on Twitter @MikeCouzens.

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