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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

AL Central – Defense-Independent Standings

June 17, 2015 The Kansas City Royals have the best record in the American League, and similar to last season when they made an unexpected run to the World Series, defense has been their biggest separator. Lorenzo Cain and Alex Gordon have combined to save the team 20 runs according to Defensive [...]

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Who Will Throw the Next No-Hitter?

June 11, 2015   Two nights ago, Chris Heston threw the first no-hitter of the 2015 season. It was an impressive game, with Heston striking out 11 Mets hitters and getting 13 more to ground out, one for a double play. There were only two flyball outs. According to Baseball Info Solutions’ (BIS) Range and Positioning System, [...]

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2015 Booms and Busts

May 29, 2015 Prior to each season Baseball Info Solutions projects player performance, both offensively and defensively. With nearly two months of the baseball season now behind us, it’s a good time to assess which players have so far most overachieved and underachieved our projections for them. To decide which [...]

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Are the Padres’ Outfielders Hitting Enough?

May 20, 2015 Less than two months into the season, the Padres are hovering around .500, and it’s unclear whether their blockbuster offseason roster makeover will pay off as the season unfolds. However, one result of all of the team’s moves has become very clear over six weeks; the Padres’ outfield [...]

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Who are the Best and Worst Defensive Teams So Far?

May 14, 2015 With a bit more than a month of the season behind us, the best and worst defensive teams have started to take shape. On the positive side of the ledger, there is a mixture of familiar faces and a few teams who look like they have made big improvements [...]

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Who's Hot and Who's Not...according to Bill James

April 30, 2015 Several years ago, Bill James devised a system that measures how hot or cold a player currently is. And it's as easy to understand as a thermometer. His temperature rating scales a player’s hotness or coldness on the same scale as Fahrenheit temperatures, where players start at a [...]

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Shifts Continue to Rise

April 23, 2015 This Stat of the Week has become an annual tradition. Back in April of 2013, we shared how teams were well ahead of their 2012 season paces in their defensive shifting. Last season, we did the same. Well, several weeks into this season, teams are once again on pace to [...]

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Home Runs and Home Run Robberies

April 15, 2015 Following his quick and impressive run through the minors and an excellent 52-game debut in the majors in 2014, many expected Mookie Betts to have a breakout season in 2015. Monday, Betts demonstrated why he’s such an exciting player. In the first two innings of the Red Sox [...]

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What is the Upper Limit of Shifts?

March 30, 2015 The SABR Analytics Conference took place a couple of weeks ago in Phoenix. I strongly recommend attending this annual conference if you are interested in baseball analytics. During one of the luncheons I was talking to Rob Neyer and Brian Kenny about shifts. The usage of the [...]

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A Strike on Every Pitch?

March 20, 2015 If Kyle Lohse was pitching to Jose Altuve with Jonathon Lucroy behind the plate and Bill Miller umping, would every pitch be called a strike? Not quite, but this combination would produce one of the highest percentages of called strikes on borderline pitches according to Baseball Info Solutions’ [...]

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