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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

​Who is benefiting from pulling fly balls more often?

BY MARK SIMONWe’re in the midst of a fly ball revolution, with more major league hitters taking the approach that it’s best to swing for the fences than play small ball. The past success of players like Daniel Murphy in changing their swing and approach has begotten many followers. One way to look at these changes [...]

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Is Robinson Cano Already a Hall of Famer?

The Mariners were dealt two tough blows in a row with Robinson Cano's broken hand and 80 game suspension for masking performance-enhancing drugs. This will break an impressive streak of eleven straight seasons with at least 150 games played for Cano, and the interruption brings with it the opportunity to talk about his career and how his Hall [...]

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Hardest Hitting Minor Leaguers According to Synthetic Statcast

Statcast is a really exciting product to have at our fingertips when analyzing players. It has given the public a whole new vocabulary with which we can talk about baseball. How many times did you hear the terms “spin rate,” “exit velocity,” or “launch angle” before a couple years ago? Now these terms are everywhere. The trouble with Statcast is that analysis [...]

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Who was April's top defender?

By MARK SIMONOakland Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman is the Sports Info Solutions Defensive Player of the Month for March and April. The selection was made based on voting by a panel comprised of members of SIS' Research & Development department and Operations staff, as well as longtime baseball writer Jayson Stark. We'll be picking a player each month for the [...]

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Top 5 QB Prospects: Performance by Throw Location

Here at Sports Info Solutions, we track the direction and throw depth of every throw made at the FBS level, as well whether the ball was catchable or not. A huge conversation this draft season has been about the top five quarterback prospects and how well their true accuracy was represented by their Completion [...]

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Pass-Catching Versatility of NFL Draft RB Prospects

As the NFL draft approaches, the versatility of how a running back can be used in the passing game is as relevant as ever. The NFL continues to evolve into more of a passing league, and the pass-catching and route-running abilities of running backs have never been more valuable. This past season featured an explosion [...]

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A Closer Look At Early-Season Intriguing Stories

It’s too early in the season to make judgments on predictability or sustainability for most statistics. Who you play, who you don’t play and an abundance or lack of flukish plays can wreak havoc on early-season numbers.But within the smallest of sample sizes are interesting stories from the first two weeks of the season. Here [...]

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The Outlook for 2017's Overachieving & Underachieving Pitchers

By Mark Simon We’re a few days into the 2018 season, and one of the questions on your mind is probably “How will my team's starting pitchers perform?” That’s a question that can be looked at in some interesting ways. At Sports Info Solutions, our defense-independent pitching statistics (DIPS) are able to provide expected results on every ball in play against a pitcher [...]

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The Outlook for 2017's Underachievers and Overachievers

By Mark Simon With the MLB season beginning, there are some things we can count on. Some players will struggle inexplicably. Some will have unexpected remarkable success. But how do we know whether a struggle or success is legitimate? There are statistical measures that help. Our defense-independent batting statistics (DIBS) are able to give expected results on every ball [...]

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The Outfield Shift Has Arrived

Over the weekend there was a bit of hubbub about the Phillies’ use of seemingly conflicting shifts in the infield and outfield in a Grapefruit League game against Twins first baseman Joe Mauer. Their infielders were playing Mauer in what BIS calls a Full Ted Williams Shift (three men on the pull side of [...]

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