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How Important is Hitting the Catcher’s Target? At Baseball Info Solutions, our video scouts recently began charting the catcher’s target before each pitch. This opens up many new avenues for analysis, but first we should examine the difference between pitches that hit the target and those that don’t. Considering all final pitches of each at […]

February 20, 2011  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

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The Winner of the Cliff Lee Sweepstakes The wait is over: on Monday night, Cliff Lee agreed to a five-year contract with the Yankees Rangers Phillies. There’s good reason Lee was so highly coveted this offseason, as his 2010 season was one of the most masterful seasons in baseball history. In 212 innings, Lee struck […]

December 14, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: biz of baseball, John Dewan, news, players, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

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MVP and Rookie of the Year – Who Should Have Won? Now that the Rookies of the Year and Most Valuable Players have been announced, which players were most deserving? Josh Hamilton won the American League MVP by a comfortable margin, but Total Runs (see below) and other analytical metrics depict a closer race. While […]

November 30, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: awards, fielding, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

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Hitting from the On-Deck Circle In his first week as a member of the White Sox, something incredible happened to Manny Ramirez. In two different games, while he was standing in the on-deck circle, a game-winning home run was hit. On August 31, it was A.J. Pierzynski who connected and the very next day Paul […]

September 10, 2010  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  2 Comments

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Rare and Near Perfection – What are the Odds? Prior to this season, in 134 seasons of Major League Baseball dating back to 1876, only 18 perfect games had been thrown. That’s one every seven or eight seasons. This year, we’ve had three in less than a month (though only two count). Dallas Braden was […]

June 4, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

A Couple of Alternatives to ERA For years and years and years, and to this day, the standard stats to quote when talking about a player are home runs, RBI and batting average for hitters, and wins, losses and ERA for pitchers. Here are a couple of examples. From MLB.com’s Player of the Month section […]

April 30, 2010  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

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The Super Bowl Prediction System — Super Bowl XLIV is a toss-up All the betting lines favor the Colts right now by five or six points, but in my book it’s a toss-up. If I were a betting man, I’d take the Saints and the points. But if you do that, don’t blame me if […]

January 29, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week  No Comments

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Who are baseball’s best and worst baserunners? In The Bill James Handbook 2010 we analyze a player’s baserunning ability.  For each player, we measure his ability to move first to third, second to home, and first to home in addition to the number of outs he records on the bases and how he fares in […]

November 26, 2009  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Who are the MVP leaders based on Total Runs? Teams are clinching playoff spots almost daily now that we’re in the last week of the season, but has anyone sewn up the MVP award? As we did last week for the Rookie of the Year candidates, let’s use the Total Runs metric first introduced in […]

September 28, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   Posted in: awards, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

The Latest Scoop In the previous edition of Stat of the Week, we took a small sample from Baseball Info Solutions’ Enhanced Fielding data to compare Jason Giambi and Mark Teixeira‘s ability to scoop bad throws at first base. We showed that while Teixeira scoops more balls than Giambi, he also plays the field more […]

August 26, 2009  Tags: , , , , ,   Posted in: book, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments