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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Noah: Trying to Improve fWAR Part 1

fWAR, specifically for pitchers, is riddled with minor problems that together make the metric less valuable.  In Part 1 of the series, we’re going to look at a hotly debated issue regarding fWAR that has been brought up by other readers before: the fWAR park factors.

According to the FanGraphs glossary, a basic runs park factor is used when calculating fWAR.  Because FIP models ERA, using runs park factors for FIP shouldn’t be a problem.

Unfortunately, this idea simply isn’t true. ...

JE (Jason) Posted: December 30, 2014 at 01:03 PM | 43 comment(s)
  Beats: fangraphs, statistics, wins above replacement

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Spector: Stats incredible! Numbers from the 2014 MLB season will amaze you

John Davidson just keeps following Jesse around.

Victor Martinez finished second in the majors in all three slash-line categories…

Major league strikeout leader Ryan Howard and Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd became the first pair of teammates to each strike out 185 times in a single season…

Reds rookie Billy Hamilton stole 56 bases, but was caught 23 times, the most in the majors since Scott Podsednik stole 59 and was caught 23 times for the 2005 White Sox…

A.J. Burnett finished the season with a major league-high 96 walks, the fourth time in five years that nobody has walked 100 batters. The last time that happened was 1871-81, when far fewer games were played per season…

Yankees outfielder and Hank Aaron Award nominee Brett Gardner, Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller, and Indians infielder Jose Ramirez shared the major league lead with 13 sacrifice bunts. That is the lowest total to lead the majors ever, including strike-shortened seasons…

Brewers right-hander Marco Estrada led the majors with 29 home runs allowed, making this the first time since 1981 that no major league pitcher served up 30 gopherballs, and the first time in a non-strike season since 1976…

The San Diego Padres finished last in the majors in all three slash-line categories, at .226/.292/.342… The Padres did do better than the average hitter facing Clayton Kershaw: .196/.231/.289, but worse than the average hitter facing Cole Hamles: .235/.296/.345.

The District Attorney Posted: September 30, 2014 at 03:37 PM | 69 comment(s)
  Beats: statistics

 

 

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