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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

The Most Improved Pitch Framers

When Baseball Info Solutions developed its pitch-framing component Strike Zone Runs Saved, we discovered that it was one of the most consistent and important aspects of catcher defense. Catchers who are good at drawing extra strike calls because of their framing tend to stay good from year to year. For example, Jonathan Lucroy [...]

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Is Segura An Improvement Over Ahmed?

This past Saturday, the Diamondbacks and Brewers struck a five-player deal that saw Jean Segura and Tyler Wagner head to Arizona in exchange for Chase Anderson, Aaron Hill, and infield prospect Isan Diaz. There are some things we don't know, like how much the Diamondbacks value the monetary relief they gained from shedding a portion [...]

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2015 National League Game Scores

Flipping through The Bill James Handbook can reveal a lot of fun and interesting tidbits about the most recently completed Major League Baseball season. For instance, looking at the best Game Scores in the National League in 2015 shows some very notable performances. [...]

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The Ray Searage Effect

Since taking over as the Pirates pitching coach in August 2010, Ray Searage has demonstrated a unique ability to maximize pitcher effectiveness. Collectively, over the last five seasons, the Pirates have led the majors in soft hit percentage, groundball rate, and Batting Average on Grounders and Short Liners, and are second in two-seam fastball and [...]

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The Best Baserunner of 2015

December 24, 2015This past season was one of the greatest displays of baserunning the sport has ever seen, and most of us were unaware of what was unfolding in front of us. Baseball Info Solutions began collecting comprehensive baserunning data back in 2002, allowing Bill James to formulate an all-encompassing statistic to measure baserunning production [...]

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Ender Inciarte Was Not A Throw In

December 14, 2015 The most interesting deal of the Winter Meetings was the Shelby Miller trade. With it, the Diamondbacks acquired a formidable No. 2 starter behind newly-signed ace Zack Greinke, and the Braves dramatically improved their farm system with the No. 1 pick from the 2015 draft, Dansby Swanson, and pitching prospect Aaron Blair. Because [...]

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The Royals’ Low Strikeout Rate

December 01, 2015 Much of the attention paid to the 2015 Royals was given to their excellent pitching and defense, but their offense was compelling as well. Despite being in the bottom third of the league in home runs and walk rate, the Royals were seventh in runs out of 30 teams in Major League Baseball. [...]

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The Flat Bat Award 2015

November 24, 2015 It's time again for the Flat Bat Award, which we give annually to the past season's best bunter. The reigning winner of the Flat Bat Award, Leonys Martin, actually won the Award in both 2013 and 2014. However, poor overall offensive production led the Rangers to demote Martin, and with only 310 major [...]

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The Andrelton Simmons Trade

November 16, 2015 Last Thursday, the Braves traded Andrelton Simmons to the Angels for two pitching prospects and Erick Aybar. The move isn’t a stunner since the Braves lost 95 games in 2015, third-most in baseball. It makes sense for them to continue to rebuild. Still, it’s not every day you see an elite defender change [...]

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Stolen Base Times Revisited

November 09, 2015 Two weeks ago, we posted a Stat of the Week highlighting the new Stolen Base Times section of The Bill James Handbook 2016 that is based on data collected at Baseball Info Solutions (BIS). That post featured the average stolen base times of players on the Royals and Mets who had at least [...]

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