If you guys are comparing Ryan to Gagne, you're getting a tad carried away. Gagne never had a whip over 0.91 as a closer. Ryan's currently at 1.17. Big difference there. The interesting thing about Ryan is that his whip against righties is 1.22. His whip against righties was 1.48 last year, and 1.58 for his career. So Ryan is definately doing better against righties this year. That's the key to his success so far and something which I will admit I didn't see coming.
I do find it curious that I am the one who has to defend his pre-season predictions. Should I be honored? Or am I that hated?
No, I just happened to be watching TV the other day and heard something about the Astros, followed by BJ closing down another O's win and that reminded me of our bet. Since it's close to 1/4 of the season done, I thought I'd check things out.
You can probably find lots of stupid things I predicted, too. Generally, you'll find threads like this pop up at key points in the season (1/4 done, ASB, etc.)