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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

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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The Most Improved Defensive Teams

June 06, 2014 The Cardinals were an exceptional team last season. They finished tied with their eventual World Series opponent Red Sox for the most wins in baseball (97). They were fifth in baseball with a 3.42 team ERA and third with a .332 on-base percentage. However, that excellence did [...]

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How Many More No-Hitters This Year?

May 29, 2014 Last Sunday, Josh Beckett submitted the first no-hitter of the 2014 season as the Dodgers beat the Phillies 6-0. Beckett has had a difficult transition back to the National League. Last season, he had an ERA over 5.00 in eight starts and missed the rest of the season [...]

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Rookie of the Year – Tanaka or Abreu?

May 16, 2014 The two major pre-season candidates to win the American League Rookie of the Year award have certainly not disappointed a month and a half into the 2014 season. Then again, Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka are not your typical rookies. Abreu is a 10-year veteran of professional [...]

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Can the National League Reverse a 10-Year Trend?

May 09, 2014 A look at the World Series winners over the last decade would suggest the National League has been the better of the two leagues. Since 2003, the NL holds a 6-5 edge over the American League in those critical matchups. However, even seven game series provide too small [...]

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