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Tuesday, March 01, 2016

Astros Use Cutting Edge Technology To Get Better At Baseball

Lance McCullers wants to master his changeup, so he mimics a master…McCullers wants his changeup to look the same way Hernandez’s does in the eyes of opposing batters, so he seeks out data from the Astros’ analytics team. The club, like every other team in baseball now, has access to data from Trackman, the pitch-tracking radar technology employed by MLB’s Statcast. That information shows McCullers where and when Hernandez releases the pitch, and its spin rate: The number of times it rotates en route to the plate.
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Though drafted out of high school, he needed less than three full seasons in the minors before graduating to the Majors. And he said he latched on to the club’s spin-rate data as soon as it was presented to him.“I thought it was real cool from the get-go,” McCullers said.
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“It’s all about break, how it looks and how a hitter views that pitch, and based on the analysis that they gave us, we’re able to recreate that feel — that in-game experience — in the bullpen.”
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But McCullers is part of a generation that came of age in baseball long after numbers became an integral part of it, and when presented with the ever-dreaded notion of “overthinking,” he hailed the certainty of his methods.

GrumpyFan Posted: March 01, 2016 at 09:07 PM | 10 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, sabrmetrics

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Tim Raines on getting into Hall of Fame: ‘It matters, but it doesn’t’

Currently the roving outfield and base running co-ordinator for the Toronto Blue Jays, the 56-year-old said he’s intrigued how the advanced statistics that have only recently become more prominent in the game are helping to make his case for induction.

“It’s kind of mind boggling,” said Raines, who was in Vancouver for a team function with the single-A Canadians. “I didn’t really know I did all those things those guys say I did.

“It’s quite interesting.”

Dennis Eclairskey, closer Posted: January 31, 2016 at 10:01 PM | 82 comment(s)
  Beats: hall of fame, montreal expos, sabrmetrics, tim raines

 

 

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