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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

Pitchers with the Best and Worst Run Support

September 18, 2014 Thankfully, the baseball community has moved beyond judging pitchers solely by their won-lost record. Last season, Clayton Kershaw took home the NL Cy Young despite having three fewer wins than Adam Wainwright. More famously, Felix Hernandez won the AL Cy Young in 2010 with just a 13-12 [...]

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Which teams have come on in the second half?

September 09, 2014 The baseball season is a marathon. When teams like this year's Athletics get off to fast starts and gain sizable leads in their divisions, it is easy to take for granted that they are clearly among the best teams in baseball, even if their recent play does not support [...]

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Instant Replay

September 02, 2014 Before 2014, instant replays in baseball were restricted to disputed home runs, fair vs. foul, fan interference, and wall border calls. This season, the scope of replay expanded greatly with the introduction of a challenge system similar to the one in the NFL. Now, it’s possible for [...]

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Top Defensive Players for 2014

August 20, 2014 Last year was an incredible year for defense. For the first time ever, a defender saved his team more than 40 runs according to Baseball Info Solutions’ Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) metric. Incredibly, two different players set the record! Andrelton Simmons saved the Braves 41 runs at [...]

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Who Are The 2014 MVP Candidates?

August 08, 2014 It’s never happened before, but could pitchers win the MVP award in both leagues? Clayton Kershaw and Felix Hernandez are posting some gaudy pitching numbers. The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best record in the National League, and Kershaw’s MLB-best 13-2 record and MLB-best 1.82 ERA have [...]

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How Do Shifts Affect League-Wide Batting Averages?

July 25, 2014 I was recently asked the following question by Rob Neyer: If infield shifts work so well, why aren't league-wide BABIPs (Batting Average on Balls in Play) dropping? It's a great question. Shifts are designed to to take hits away from certain pull-heavy hitters, and with the huge increase that [...]

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The Best and Worst Baserunners in 2014

July 18, 2014 We are in the middle of a very exciting year of baserunning. Last season, Jacoby Ellsbury was the only player with at least 50 stolen bases for the season (he had 52). This season, Dee Gordon (43), Jose Altuve (41), and Billy Hamilton (38) are on pace to [...]

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The White Sox Blow Another Lead

July 10, 2014 Last night, newly voted in All-Star Chris Sale was cruising along in the eighth inning. He had allowed just four hits and struck out six. He had not yet allowed a run, but Mookie Betts was on third base after having led off the inning with an infield [...]

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Shifts Against Right-Handed Hitters

June 26, 2014 In general, defensive shifts have increased dramatically over the last few seasons. That trend is more than simply a greater number of teams deciding to shift players like David Ortiz and Chris Davis. Teams are also relying on hitter ball-in-play tendencies to uncover nontraditional candidates to shift. [...]

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Cannon Arms in 2014

June 10, 2014 Last season, two players separated themselves from the field with their excellent outfield arms. Gerardo Parra saved the Diamondbacks 12 runs with his arm, part of his combined 41 Defensive Runs Saved season across all three outfield positions. That tied him with Andrelton Simmons for the most in [...]

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