On occasion we are treated to, “Grey, you told me to…. You really hosed my team.” It’s usually from someone with 3 replies. I probably submitted one like it my first week at Razzball. Regardless, it prompted me to take an accounting of Grey’s actual prognostications. On a given day, what were the questions posed to the Wizard? What were his recommendations? And, how did they work out?
So, I randomly chose a seemingly fitting day, the First Day of Summer, June 21. As it happens this fell on a Sunday. Razzball readers understand that Friday’s post is the hub for all questions related to lineup and roster changes for the weekend and the the next week (since generally there are no new posts on the weekend). Therefore, the questions for the survey came from the two postings of Friday, June 19.
The attached excel spreadsheet (to download it) contains each of the questions, each of the responses, and spaces for evaluation: ‘+’ for Grey nailed it, ‘-‘ for he might have missed it, and ‘E’ for an Even call. You can enter your own ratings and the totals at the top will change to reflect your evaluation.
This isn’t scientific and is somewhat unfair to the Master. We don’t have access to the team rosters of those posting questions. The amount of data to evaluate is minuscule since it has been less than two full weeks since the posting. In truth much of what the Wizard projects is based upon post-All-Star proclivities and a truly fair evaluation couldn’t take place until end of season. Nevertheless, many readers evaluate the worth of Grey’s input based on immediate results. Some of it is fair, since many transactions happen on a daily basis: players get dropped, injuries occur, etc. So, I made my ratings on the data since June 21. I only added a couple of lines of my own description so that you are free to make your own evaluation and ratings.
Overall, my totals came out to 41 +’s, 29 -‘s, and 24 E’s. When one thinks about it, giving thorough review and honest evaluation of 94 questions that encompass the morass of baseball statistics is staggering to me. Indeed, a wizard sleeps with one eye open.
Thank you, Your Greyness!