Talking about Trout’s “problem” hitting a fastball is like complaining about the ugly feet of a supermodel.
No, this is not the OTP thread.
Pierre and Dunn are the John Adams and Thomas Jefferson of their generation. They rose to prominence around the same time, became the focal points of rival factions, and, in their declining years, saw their differences reconciled. And finally, they exited the stage almost simultaneously, having left us in a far different place philosophically than we were when they arrived.
His team needs a new pitcher.
Sorry, it’s the right adjustment.
“A hitter can take as many swings as he wants,” Butcher said. “Pitchers are only allowed a certain amount of throws per day. So when you start tinkering with the strike zone, I think it’s a longer adjustment process for a pitcher to go through. I think it would be a tough adjustment and the wrong adjustment for the league.”
Lee Panas looks at catcher defense.
ESPN rates every sports organization on its use of analytics.
Yeah, nerds, stop whining while you run your regressions and correlations!!
An interview with Travis Sawchik, author of the upcoming book “Big Data Baseball: Math, Miracles and the End of a 20-Year Losing Streak.”
Non-Strat-O-Matic fans who are curious about the subject can try to follow Poz’s attempt to explain the game mechanics. I have no idea if that is actually possible to do in this format. He tried, anyway.
Strat fans can presumably nod along, and appreciate this:
And veterans cost a hell of a lot more than prospects.
Tonight is the deadline. Last chance to vote!
Cutter-ing it up.
Brad Ausmus was good after all.
Quantifying a catcher’s ability to steal strikes is one of the great sabermetric advances over the last ten years.
But what I have established here is that the effect of a good receiver extends beyond the pitches that batters let go by. A good framer, by changing the probability of a strike at the edge, causes the opposing hitter to modify his own behavior, causing him to swing at pitches a little bit further from the center of the zone. In addition to harming the batter’s chances directly, ...
Is it really that difficult to come up with ideas of things to write about?
What do the Mets need to do to win next year?
Barkley, of course, has long experience in not winning championships.
The Naismith Hall of Famer and TNT analyst then disavowed the widespread use of [advanced stats] in sports, saying its proponents were “a bunch of guys who have never played the game, and they never got the girls in high school.” [...] “They say that same crap in baseball, and they put these little lightweight teams together and they never win,” Barkley said. “They’re always competitive to a certain degree and they don’t ...
Jay Bruce under the sabermetric microscope.
How much do we apportion the blame to their draft scouting and to their player development system?
Since the largest uncertainties are principally independent of one another, they can be combined in quadrature to establish the 90% confidence interval on FIP’: 0.538 runs per 9 innings. The largest contributor to the uncertainty in FIP is the HR/FB rate. xFIP mitigates this uncertainty contributor considerably by adjusting each pitchers’ HR/FB rate (xFIP therefore has less total uncertainty). Pitch-based techniques can be used to reduce the uncertainty in each of the other major ...
James Shields under the sabermetric microscope.
Trout Catcher Mask Replica!
Hey Bill, there’s an interesting article today about Ron Hunt on the 538 blog. It says that his feat of 50 HBP in one season is 13 standard deviations better than average, which is apparently off the charts. When people talk about unbreakable records you don’t hear much about that one. Thanks.
... since the minimum in the category is zero and there are 1,519 players [since 1900] who have had 8 or more, it is thus apparent that the distribution of this group is in no ...
I haven’t been able to scrutinize this is detail yet, but this looks very interesting after a quick read.
Jeff Sullivan puts Billy Hamilton under the microscope.
How do you make Billy Hamilton better at the plate? It’s easy to notice the strikeouts being a little high. It’s easy to notice the bunts that didn’t go for hits. But Price touches on something pretty basic. Hamilton is a burner, and he’s not known for his strength. Never will be. Your classic leadoff-hitting burner slaps the ball onto the ground. Hamilton hit too many into the air, and no mathematical gymnastics are required to see ...
LOOGYs and ROOGYs, oh my!
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