A New Bell in Town

By: Brendon Gu Despite Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell signing with the New York Jets in March 2019, there’s a new Bell in town: the Pittsburgh Pirates’ first baseman Josh Bell. NOTE: All statistics in this article are as of June 14th. Understanding the Metrics In this article, to quantify certain aspects of offensive performance,

Clayton Kershaw’s Pitch Sequencing is Hard to Beat

Written By: John McCool (@Desertrose28) Entering the 2017 baseball season, Dodgers’ left-handed pitcher Clayton Kershaw is at his most dominant form. With a back injury that shortened his 2016 season, Kershaw posted a 1.80 FIP and 10.39 K/9 over 149 innings. In a game full of elite pitchers from Max Scherzer

Pitch Framing on the West Coast

The Hidden Value of Buster Posey and Yasmani Grandal Written By: John McCool (@Desertrose28) Pitch framing is the art of using slight body movement and positioning to create the illusion of a strike. A good pitch framer turns borderline balls into strikes and keeps pitches received in the strike zone as

Long Home Runs from Unusual Suspects

By: John McCool (@desertrose28) Long Home Runs From Unusual Suspects On a hot mid-July afternoon, Starling Marte launched a 430-foot long home run against reliever Oliver Perez into the left field bleachers giving his team a 2-1 lead in the top of the eighteenth inning against the Nationals. Of his nine home

A New Method for Clustering Pitchers

Note: This was piece was written as part of a hackathon sponsored by TruMedia   By Steven Silverman (@Silver_Stats) Introduction TruMedia’s detailed pitch-by-pitch data allow for extraordinarily deep analysis. Having access to velocity, spin, and movement for every pitch, plus the identifying information about the involved parties and the outcome of the pitch

Toronto Blue Jays ALCS Outlook

By John McCool On Wednesday evening, the Toronto Blue Jays advanced to the American League Championship Series for the first time since 1993. After falling behind two games to the Texas Rangers, the Blue Jays rallied to win three straight in dramatic fashion. The final game at the Rogers Center was

Abandon Ship... in May?

By Ron Yurko (@flyingSerb21) It’s easy to forget how long the baseball season really is.  In 2014 it seemed the Oakland Athletics were destined for glory, with blockbuster trades for aces like Samardzija and Lester it was clear the A’s were going for a deep run in the playoffs.  Except the