It really should be Obscure Offday Musings, but I an a sucker for alliteration.
1) Why are errors not counted in OBP? The batter got on base, I think that should be the only criteria. HBP counts, and that is less of a skill than putting the ball in play, and when you consider that many errors are borderline hits, they really should count.
2) Why does the pitcher who put the runner on base always get full credit (blame) when that runners scores, even if the next pitcher gives up a homer? I think they should do what they do in the NFL, and award half runs in those situations. When a pitchers leaves with a runner on base that he let get on, and another pitcher lets that runner score, both pitchers get a half of a run added to their runs given up total. It's not like baseball stats don't use fraction or decimal points anywhere else? It really won't be any harder to figure out ERA's this way, and I think it would be much fairer.
3) Shouldn't the Runs Frequency Matrix compiled by Tangotiger be updated? Here it is:
It was compiled from data from 1999 to 2002. That was in the heart of the Steroid ERA. I just think it would be interesting to see if anything has changed in terms of runs frequency now that the game has changed. During that period, MLB teams averaged 4.92 runs a game, while during the last 4 years, they averaged 4.74 runs a game. Not a huge difference, but one that could show up in a new runs frequency matrix.
Anyway, just curious....