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Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Brewers are becoming more and more positionless on defense | SI.com

Down is up and up is down.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 20, 2018 at 07:38 AM | 23 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, strategy

Thursday, October 11, 2018

The Biggest Problem With Bullpenning - The Ringer

In his 1970 treatise on punishing pitchers, The Science of Hitting, Ted Williams advised aspiring sluggers that their first time at bat in a given game is “a key to effective hitting, a key to the day you are going to have and therefore a key to your baseball life.” For Williams, the primacy of the first plate appearance was simple. “You figure to face a pitcher three or four times in a game,” he wrote. “The more information you log the first time up, the better your chances the next three. The more you make him pitch, the more information you get.”

Williams was right. Decades later, sabermetricians quantified what’s come to be called the “times through the order penalty,” a tendency for hitters to perform better each time they face a starting pitcher in the same game. As best we can tell, the phenomenon stems from familiarity, not pitcher fatigue. And as Williams asserted, it’s magnified the longer the look the hitter gets in his first trip to the plate. “The big advantage seems to come from seeing a lot of pitches, especially in the first [plate appearance],” wrote Mitchel Lichtman, who found that hitters who see more than four pitches their first time up gain 2.5 times the advantage in their next PA than hitters who see fewer than three pitches. (Ironically, Williams himself didn’t have a huge times-through-the-order advantage and was no better the third time he faced a starter in a game than he was the first.)

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2018 at 06:35 AM | 17 comment(s)
  Beats: bullpenning, strategy

Why MLB players don’t bunt against the shift – Dodger Thoughts

It depends on the player.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 11, 2018 at 06:23 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: bunting, strategy

Friday, September 28, 2018

The Brewers Used a LOOGY as a Starter

On Monday night in St. Louis, left-hander Dan Jennings received the start for the Milwaukee Brewers… he faced a single batter, recorded a lone out, and then departed the game in favor of a right-hander.

The Cardinals started only one lefty, leadoff hitter Matt Carpenter, and the Brewers threw a bullpen game.

PreservedFish Posted: September 28, 2018 at 06:42 AM | 33 comment(s)
  Beats: strategy

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

MLB Hitters Explain Why They Can’t Just Beat The Shift

Or…won’t.

CC: Scott Boras

ESPN.com recently asked three lefty hitters who face varying percentages of shifts for their takes on the state of affairs. How do they try to attack defensive shifts, and do they think MLB can take any steps to address the problem—if there is, indeed, a problem?

Those hitters include Daniel Murphy, Kyle Seager, and Matt Carpenter.

Bote Man Posted: July 11, 2018 at 02:23 PM | 89 comment(s)
  Beats: hitting, shifts, strategy

 

 

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