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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

The Best Projected Defensive Infield and Outfield

February 06, 2015 In the upcoming Fielding Bible—Volume IV, set to release on March 1, 2015, we provide both positional leader and trailerboards as well as team breakdowns of our Defensive Runs Saved projections. Here is a preview.   It may be surprising to think about because of the struggles that this team [...]

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Let's Eliminate The Shift

January 30, 2015 That’s what Rob Manfred, the new commissioner of baseball, said in an interview with ESPN’s Karl Ravech earlier this week: Manfred: "…injecting additional offense in the game. For example, things like eliminating shifts, I would be open to those sorts of ideas." Ravech: "The forward thinking, sabermetric, defensive shifts?" Manfred: "That’s what I’m talking about, yes." Ravech: [...]

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The Most Pitcher & Hitter Friendly Umpires

January 16, 2015 As a quantifiable skill, pitch framing has been garnering a lot of attention in the past few years. While most research on that front has focused on a catcher's ability to get extra strikes called, at Baseball Info Solutions we have developed a methodology for dividing the credit among the catcher, the pitcher, [...]

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The Best Baserunning Team in MLB

January 09, 2015 After the playoffs, you’d be expected to think that the Royals were far and away the best baserunning team in baseball in 2014. Royals Alex Gordon and Terrance Gore were the only two players with more than two steals in the postseason, and that does not even mention the [...]

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Are Defensive Runs Saved Predictive?

December 31, 2014 Defensive analytics have grown in leaps and bounds in the last decade. At Baseball Info Solutions (BIS), we eat, sleep and breathe defense, but there is always more to learn. A recent research project uncovered some remarkable new information. One of the public perceptions has been that a player needs [...]

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The Downside of the Recent Padres Acquisitions

December 19, 2014 The Padres have had a lot of trouble in recent seasons adding power to their lineup. Current division rival Adrian Gonzalez has four of the team’s five seasons with 30 or more home runs since 2002. The other belongs to recently re-signed Yankee Chase Headley, who was unable [...]

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The Flat Bat Award 2014

December 04, 2014 While 2014 continued the overall decline in power of recent seasons, it was something of a renaissance for bunting. In particular, Billy Hamilton and Dee Gordon took advantage of their first full seasons of major league playing time to attempt 43 and 40 bunt hits, respectively. With [...]

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Mark Buehrle – One of the Most Durable Pitchers of All Time

November 25, 2014 Cy Young, Warren Spahn, Gaylord Perry, Christy Mathewson. And Mark Buehrle. That’s an amazing list. How does Mark Buerhrle get on that list? In recent years, baseball has moved more and more toward specialization. In the early 1900s, starters would routinely finish the games they started, [...]

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Is Madison Bumgarner the World's #1 Starting Pitcher?

November 14, 2014 Bill James has a ranking system called the World's #1 Starting Pitcher. Bill introduced the idea in an article on Bill James Online in September of 2011, and it has been fully explained and updated through the end of the regular season in the just-released 2015 Bill James Handbook. [...]

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Giants Defensive Positioning a Big Assist in Game 7 Victory

November 05, 2014 Madison Bumgarner will be remembered as the hero of the Giants’ 2014 World Series title, and he deserves every accolade. After holding the Royals to one run in Game 1 and no runs in Game 5, Bumgarner entered Game 7 in relief on two days rest and held the Royals scoreless from [...]

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