A quick refresher on the stats: AVG+, OBP+, and ISO+ are how many points above and below league average each of that hitters’ stats are. BsR is how may runs a player contributed on the basepaths. This includes stealing and advancing to third on hits. Fld is fielding runs above average determined by Ultimate Zone Rating since 2002 […]Read more "All-Time MLB Draft: Round 1, Picks 11-30"
I like ranking things. I rank the best quarterbacks in the NFL and the greatest Led Zeppelin albums (each of their first six are tied for first). And, like many before me, I’ve ranked the greatest baseball players in history. But there’s a problem with doing that. For starters, how does one compare batters and […]Read more "All-Time MLB Draft"
Baseball fields are the only playing surfaces in America that aren’t bound to specific dimensions. Football gridirons are 100 yards long, basketball courts are 94×50 feet, and so on. But no two baseball stadiums are the same. Deep outfields generally make a ballpark pitcher-friendly, and short fences favor hitters. Today we’ll examine how one team is putting up offensive […]Read more "How to Build a Lineup in a Pitcher’s Park"
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"