Checking in on the Hitter’s Count by Owen McGrattan May 28, 2021 There is a lot to dissect when it comes to understanding the increase in strikeouts in baseball. Pitchers at the plate are striking out at a higher clip than ever, but even when filtering out their plate appearances, we’re still seeing yearly increases
Forget (Some of) What You Know About Runners on Third by Ben Clemens May 25, 2021 I’ll spare you the description of how I came up with the idea for this article. There was a lot of Alex Rodriguez’s announcing involved, and this is a family website, so my opinions on that will remain undiscussed.
Unpacking the Impact of Foul Balls on Strikeouts by Devan Fink May 21, 2021 In eight of the 12 different count-states, fouls and whiffs come with the same penalty: a strike. In a 1’1 count, for example, it really doesn’t matter whether you look silly swinging and missing at a curveball or just miss a
Pitcher zStats at the Quarter-Mark by Dan Szymborski May 21, 2021 Not everyone is interested in projecting the future, but one common thread in much of modern analytics in this regard is the attempt to describe a volatile thing, such as a play in baseball, using something less volatile, such as an underlying ability. This
Where Did the Homers Go? by Devan Fink May 7, 2021 On Monday, I examined the new baseball’s impact on April home run totals. In sum, home runs were down in April 2021 compared to April 2019, with the home run per batted ball rate dropping by roughly 0.45 percentage points, a figure that would
Are Relievers Wilder Upon Entry? by Ben Clemens May 7, 2021 On Wednesday afternoon, Liam Hendriks entered a tough situation. There were two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but his margin for error was nonexistent. The bases were loaded, and the White Sox were locked in a tie game. One hiccup in command,