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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

Olympic Medal Predictions

The United States, China, and Russia finished 1-2-3 in the medal standings at the 2012 Olympics in London. Every two years we work closely with the Wall Street Journal projecting Olympic medal totals for the Olympics. Our projection system predicted that order of finish. Three weeks ago we were projecting the [...]

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The Best and Worst Baserunners So Far in 2016

Who comes to mind when you think of the best baserunner in baseball? Bill James created a statistic to measure baserunning production called Net Gain that takes into account stolen bases (SB Gain) and baserunning advancements on both hits and outs (BR Gain). Using this statistic, we can evaluate who the best and worst baserunners [...]

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No Boots, No Walking

A good friend of “Stat of the Week”, ESPN Chicago radio host Mike Murphy, asked the following question: has a shortstop ever led Major League Baseball in the fewest errors and walks in the same season? This question was inspired by Tim Anderson, rookie shortstop of the Chicago White Sox, who has only one error [...]

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All-Star Game Starting Lineup vs. Total Runs All-Star Team

After the All-Star Game selections last week, let's see how the fans did in selecting the starting lineups by comparing the All-Star starters to the Total Runs leaders. Total Runs is a statistic created by Baseball Info Solutions that combines offense, pitching, defense, baserunning, and an adjustment that allows for comparison across positions into one [...]

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Who Will Throw the Next No-Hitter?

Nearing the halfway point of 2016, Jake Arrieta owns the lone no-hitter of the season, a feat he accomplished on April 21 against the Reds. In the mid-2000s, this scarcity of no-hitters would not have seemed strange, but following a total of 12 no-hitters thrown from 2014-15, it stands out. Offense is up [...]

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The White Sox’s Defensive Decline

The White Sox were the toast of the AL in the first few weeks of the season. Not only did their 16-7 start to the season earn them a three-game lead over the World Series champion Royals in the Central on April 28, it gave them the best record in the league. Only [...]

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The Best and Worst Defensive Players So Far this Season

Last season, Kevin Kiermaier led all of Major League Baseball saving an estimated 42 runs defensively for the Tampa Bay Rays. That was the most by any player in a given season since Baseball Info Solutions began tracking the data in 2003, and 13 runs ahead of the next ranked player in 2015, Ender Inciarte. [...]

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Who are the Rookie of the Year candidates?

It has been a great first two months for rookie performances in baseball, but it has not been the rookies many expected. Several elite prospects like Byron Buxton and Jose Berrios have struggled since their debuts and have landed back in the minors, but that has opened the door for some surprising and fun [...]

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Who’s Hot and Who’s Not…According to Bill James

The first month of the MLB season is already behind us, and as temperatures are heating up across the country, I am reminded of one of my favorite Stats of the Week to write each year: who’s hot and who’s not. Several years ago, Bill James developed a system to measure how hot players [...]

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Why Shifting Does Work

Renowned Baseball Prospectus researcher Russell Carleton wrote an interesting article earlier this week on Baseball Prospectus that utilized the Baseball Info Solutions shifts data made available by the great folks at FanGraphs and questioned whether defensive shifts are actually an effective technique. However, there are a couple of small flaws in the technique that [...]

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