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Who are the 2017 Fielding Bible Award/Gold Glove Contenders? (Part I)

Who are the 2017 Fielding Bible Award/Gold Glove Contenders? (Part I)October 13, 2017 For the next two weeks we will be writing a two-part series examining who the likely 2017 Fielding Bible Award contenders are. We will also be giving our predictions for the Gold Glove winners at every position in each league. This week, for [...]

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The Total Runs Leaderboard and the MVP Race

The Total Runs Leaderboard and the MVP RaceSeptember 27, 2017 As the 2017 regular season winds down, the debate over major league awards like Most Valuable Player (MVP) will intensify. With that in mind let’s take a look at the MVP race using the Total Runs leaderboard. Total Runs is a statistic created by Baseball Info [...]

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Corey Kluber Rises to the Top

Corey Kluber Rises to the TopSeptember 20, 2017 On September 7, in the middle of what would become a 22-game win streak, the Indians' Corey Kluber dominated the White Sox, giving up two earned runs over seven innings while striking out thirteen batters and walking just one. With this dominant performance Kluber surpassed Max Scherzer (who [...]

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2017 Shift Slowdown

2017 Shift Slowdown September 11, 2017 Back in April, we took a look at the state of shifting in Major League Baseball and predicted that teams were on pace to total 31,677 shifts during the 2017 season. While this projection was a 13 percent increase over the total number of shifts in 2016, the projected year-over-year increase [...]

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The Best and Worst Defensive Players So Far This Season

Thus far during the 2017 season, Mookie Betts sits atop the Defensive Runs Saved leaderboard, saving 28 runs in right field for the Boston Red Sox. [...]

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Trading for Lucroy

Last week, the Colorado Rockies traded for veteran catcher Jonathan Lucroy from the Texas Rangers in the hopes that his experience will aid their young pitching staff down the stretch. However, his production (or lack thereof) this season does not appear likely to fill the team’s offensive and defensive holes at catcher. Prior to [...]

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Beltre and the 3,000-Hit Club

On Sunday, during the fourth inning of a 10-6 loss to the Baltimore Orioles, Adrian Beltre hit a double down the third-base line to become just the 31st player to reach 3,000 career hits. He is the only player from the Dominican Republic and the fifth player not born in the United States to reach [...]

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Defensive Transitions from the Minors

Matt Chapman of the Oakland Athletics has played only 21 games in the majors and has already made a splash defensively, saving eight runs at third base. He is tied for third in Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) out of all third basemen this season despite only playing 186 innings. Third Basemen DRS [...]

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All-Star Game Starter Selections vs. Total Runs Leaders

As the All-Star week is upon us, let's see how the fans did in their selections for the starting lineups by comparing the fan-voted All-Star Game starters to the Total Runs leaders. Total Runs is a statistic created by Baseball Info Solutions that combines offense, defense, baserunning, and an adjustment that allows for comparison across [...]

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The Best Baserunning Teams

As we approach the All-Star Break, let’s examine the best baserunning teams so far this season. We will do so using Net Gain—a statistic created by Bill James that measures baserunning by looking at advancements on hits and outs in addition to stolen bases. Here are the best baserunning teams thus far: Team Net [...]

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