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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

Cannon Arms in 2015

August 28, 2015 This season, it seems as if every night there’s another highlight of a runner being gunned down trying to take an extra base. In fact, 2015 is on pace to break the record for kills—direct throws to a base to nab a runner—in a single season since Baseball Info [...]

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What a Month for the White Sox

August 07, 2015 The White Sox started the month of July seven games out of a playoff spot, but a surprising run led to many of their fans clamoring for the team to be buyers—not sellers—at the non-waiver trade deadline. The Sox went 16-10 in July, the third-best record in the majors in the month, behind [...]

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Tulowitzki is a Defensive Upgrade Over Reyes

July 31, 2015 Prior to the Blue Jays trading for David Price, they surprised the baseball universe with the first major deal of this year’s trade deadline period by snagging Troy Tulowitzki and LaTroy Hawkins from the Rockies in exchange for Jose Reyes and several prospects. The reason for everyone’s shock is that the Blue Jays [...]

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Curtis Granderson Defense-Independent Batting Statistics

July 24, 2015 Curtis Granderson produced some exceptional seasons with the Tigers and Yankees, but a broken forearm and finger limited him to 61 games in 2013, his last with the Yankees. He was already 33 years old in 2014, the first year of his new four-year, $60 million contract with the Mets. [...]

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Infield Hits by Speed Score

July 07, 2015 We often assume a player's ability to get hits is a function of luck and his ability to make solid contact, but speed can be a hit tool as well, particularly when it can help result in an infield hit. Bill James first created his Speed Score statistic nearly [...]

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Is Max Scherzer the World’s Best Pitcher?

June 29, 2015 In the 2015 Bill James Handbook, Bill James introduced his new formula to determine the World’s Best Pitcher at any given time. The system is based on Game Scores and weighs positive and negative recent performances more heavily than older performances. As of the publication of the [...]

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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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