Only a decade removed from the biggest-hitting era in the major leagues since the Great Depression, we’re living in a pitcher’s world. The 2014 season saw fewer runs scored per game in a full season than any year since 1976. The home run rate was also down, at its lowest since 1992. However, 2015 is […]Read more "Bringing Back the Long Ball"
Second base is the ugly duckling of infield positions. The best fielders in the infield play shortstop, and the best hitters play first. Second basemen tend to be light-hitting and are often fairly replaceable. The last ten years, however, have seen four second basemen break this stereotype and gain widespread recognition. These four players have a combined […]Read more "Career Watch: Second Basemen"
It’s commonly said that baseball is unique in the fact that if you fail 7 times out of 10, you’re successful. Making contact against major league pitching is incredibly difficult, let alone getting good wood on it. In my last post, I talked about types of batted balls and what they mean for hitters. Today, I’ll talk […]Read more "Squaring up MLB Pitching"
Batting average is often seen by casual baseball fans as the most important batting statistic. Although this isn’t necessarily true, the statistic still has its uses, and much more goes into it than the average fan would expect. An important component of AVG is batting average on balls in play, or BABIP. BABIP is one of those fickle […]Read more "BABIP: Solving the Riddle"
Zack Greinke and Clayton Kershaw are the unquestioned aces of the Los Angeles Dodgers pitching staff. They were each expected to excel this season, and in some respects, both have. However, looking at traditional pitching metrics, they’ve begun the 2015 season in different ways. Each pitcher has made 7 starts. Greinke is 5-0 and leads the […]Read more "Best Dodgers Pitcher?"