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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Joey Gallo benefits from tighter launch angle

An interesting look at Joey Gallo using Statcast.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 30, 2018 at 07:28 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: joey gallo, rangers, statcast

Wednesday, January 03, 2018

MLB starters who fare better in shorter stints

If you are going to pull starters earlier, why not go to a four-man rotation? This would add another body to the pen (someone you should be able to use for two+ inning stints). As Earl Weaver used to say, it’s easier to find four good starters than five.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 03, 2018 at 08:29 AM | 20 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Tuesday, January 02, 2018

Castillo, Chatwood among 2018 breakout arms

More good Statcast stuff. I’m all aboard the Statcast train.

Jim Furtado Posted: January 02, 2018 at 06:27 AM | 16 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Monday, December 18, 2017

Major League Baseball’s Statcast Can Break Sabermetrics

We are clearly at a fork in the road.

That’s notably different from the operating procedure that’s fairly standard in the public analytics community: typically, if a researcher knows something he’s working on is incomplete, he’ll want to, well, complete it before its release (or at least slap a “beta” label on it). But as Tango notes, the incentives and big-picture goals of a complex enterprise like Statcast are dramatically different from those of a guy moonlighting on Baseball Prospectus. And while independent researchers often measure the system by the same standards as any other project in public baseball analysis—or by even higher ones, given the involvement and investment of the league—it’s simply not any other project in public baseball analysis. It needs to speak to a far larger and more varied audience, and it needs to be available in far more forms, and it needs to work on a timetable that incorporates multiple partners. Statcast isn’t aiming for just public baseball analysis, but public baseball entertainment, too.

Jim Furtado Posted: December 18, 2017 at 08:54 PM | 21 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Star Statcast pitchers who debuted in 2017 | MLB.com

Interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2017 at 07:07 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

xStats

Andrew Perpetua has been doing some interesting stuff with Statcast data. Check it out.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 30, 2017 at 06:07 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Impact of stadiums on Giancarlo Stanton | MLB.com

The future (or present for some teams) of adjusting for parks. Of course, it doesn’t factor in changes of approach, but this is interesting stuff.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 28, 2017 at 10:35 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: giancarlo stanton, marlins, statcast

Friday, November 17, 2017

Fangraphs: Let’s Make One Thing Absolutely Clear About Aaron Judge

Click the link for a rather compelling graphic beyond my ability to embed, as well as additional data, but the conclusion is:

Judge hits the ball the hardest. The point that’s less obvious: That means Judge gets to play by his own rules. Strikeouts don’t mean for him what they would for someone else, because Judge doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be good. He doesn’t need a low strikeout rate to be terrific. He doesn’t even need a low strikeout rate to be a deserving league MVP. Statcast has revealed the whole truth of Aaron Judge, and the truth is that, at least in the American League, he is one of a kind. That might make it harder to see the future, but then, maybe, it doesn’t make it harder at all.

And he just might cut down on those strikeouts.

The Yankee Clapper Posted: November 17, 2017 at 12:34 AM | 22 comment(s)
  Beats: aaron judge, exit velocity, home runs, new york yankees, statcast

Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Year Three of xStats–A Review | FanGraphs Fantasy Baseball

This is interesting work.

Jim Furtado Posted: November 08, 2017 at 06:47 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast, statistics

Friday, October 27, 2017

Toolshed: Fall League lessons from Statcast | MiLB.com News

More minor league Statcast, please.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 27, 2017 at 01:11 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: afl, statcast

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Statcast of the Day: Turner’s HR helped by heat

As we noted before the game, research has shown that every 10 degrees of temperature can add approximately 3.3 feet of distance to a batted ball, and the average temperature in Los Angeles at this time of year is 77 degrees. Because the temperature at the start of the game was 26 degrees higher, it was fair to expect that a fly ball on Tuesday could possibly go seven or eight feet farther than it might have on a regular Southern California evening.

Kind of surprising how big of an effect the temperature can have on how far the ball travels.

Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: October 25, 2017 at 01:36 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: astros, dodgers, statcast, world series

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

How Tracking Technology Helped Baseball’s Best Fielding Outfielder - WSJ

Byron Buxton, the human vacuum cleaner who patrols center field for the Minnesota Twins, reached a frightening conclusion last winter: Even with his sprinter’s speed, superhuman instincts and unparalleled fearlessness around the wall, his defense could still be better.

He arrived at that belief thanks in part to Statcast, Major League Baseball’s sophisticated player-tracking technology that counts Buxton as perhaps its prototype player. With data provided by Statcast and the Twins’ coaching staff, Buxton learned that his first step—how quickly he reacts after the ball connects with the bat—wasn’t as quick as he would have liked.

So over the offseason, he spent a couple weeks at his old high school in Baxley, Ga., focusing intensely on trying to improve an area that not long ago couldn’t have been quantified.

Jim Furtado Posted: September 20, 2017 at 03:21 PM | 3 comment(s)
  Beats: byron buxton, statcast

Monday, September 18, 2017

Run or slide into first base? Let’s ask Statcast

The dumbest play in baseball….OR IS IT????

Is sliding into first base faster than simply running through it? It’s a question that’s been kicked around baseball for years, with few satisfying answers. Of course, for most of those years, Statcast™ data weren’t available to apply to situations like this. Let’s use it now to dig into one of baseball’s longest-running discussions, and hopefully we can prove at least part of it.

Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: September 18, 2017 at 11:43 PM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: statcast

 

 

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