John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

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

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Who are the Favorites for the Fielding Bible and Gold Glove Awards (part 2)? Picking up where we left off last week, here’s a rundown of the best fielders at the remaining four positions: left field, center field, right field, and pitcher. (In the charts below, each player’s Defensive Runs Saved appears next to his […]

October 6, 2010  Tags: , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

Who are the Favorites for the Fielding Bible and Gold Glove Awards? With a week left in the regular season, let’s take a look at the leading contenders for baseball’s post-season defensive awards using Defensive Runs Saved as the key measure. This week we look at infielders and catchers. Next week we’ll take a look […]

September 27, 2010  Tags: , , ,   Posted in: awards, John Dewan, players, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

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™

Manny Being Manny… in the Playoffs Chicago White Sox General Manager Kenny Williams was thrilled to acquire veteran slugger Manny Ramirez from the Dodgers this week, but he’s hoping the addition will provide its biggest benefits beyond Game 162. “Our thought behind it was very simple,” said Williams on MLB.com. “We not only want to […]

September 3, 2010  Tags: , , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, playoffs, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

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

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

I’ve always wondered how effective those throws were, statistically speaking. Especially the half-hearted lobs that allow the runner to casually stroll back to the bag without a play.  Here’s what John Dewan has to say…   Are throws to first to hold the runner a waste of time? A fast runner is at first and […]

August 31, 2009  Tags:   Posted in: game of baseball, John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  No Comments

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

John Dewan’s Stat of the Week™

How many scoops? The most recent edition of ESPN‘s Wednesday Night Baseball pitted the New York Yankees against the Tampa Bay Rays. Rick Sutcliffe, former major leaguer and current ESPN color commentator, was talking about the Yankee defense in 2009 and made note of the change at first base this year, from Jason Giambi to […]

August 3, 2009  Tags: , , , , , , ,   Posted in: John Dewan, Stat of the Week, stats  One Comment