Posted at 12:52 PM on November 7, 2006
by Josh Lee
We have an amazing diagnostic tool here at The Bleacher Bums. We like to call it "hindsight." Using this wondrous device, we can disassemble the past and put it back together in whole new ways, taking the way things were and turning them into the way things should have been.
For the past few weeks, the Hindsightotron ][c Plus has been hard at work figuring out what the Twins could have done to win a playoff game (conclusion: hit the ball a little harder), but now we've got it running regression analyses on whether Francisco Liriano should have had Tommy John surgery three months ago instead of yesterday; whether that would have made a difference in anyone's 2007 season (using hindsight to predict the future is particularly tricky); and whose fault all this back-and-forth about rehab regimens and schedules and sites has been.
While we run those regressions, though, we can always keep ourselves occupied by plugging names into our HS-99/4A (or as some call it, the "hot stove") as we try to figure out who will fill Liriano's spot in the rotation next year. Glen Perkins? Scott Baker? Maybe the Twins should get in on the Daisuke Matsuzaka sweepstakes.