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What's Aaron Judge Crushing?

Did you see Brewers pitcher Luis Perdomo’s reaction to giving up Aaron Judge’s 59th home run of the season?Perdomo made the ultimate mistake.** Click here to see it **First off, he threw Judge a slider.Per FanGraphs’ pitch values, which have been tracked for the last 20 seasons (using our pitch data), no hitter has had [...]

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Which Teams Shift The Most?

By MARK SIMONThe Dodgers have led the majors in full shift frequency in each of the last four seasons, so they're going to have some adjusting to do with the implementation of new rules prohibiting such defensive alignments next season.A full shift is defined as one in which three infielders are playing on the pull [...]

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The Yankees and 100 Defensive Runs Saved

The Yankees hit a milestone earlier this week when they reached 100 Defensive Runs Saved for the season.Now understand that Defensive Runs Saved aren’t like wins or home runs. Your defensive performance can fluctuate and the Yankees did in fact dip below 100 to their current total, 98. They’ll likely finish at or above 100 [...]

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August's Defensive Player of the Month

By MARK SIMONThis is not a misprint. Reds outfielder Aristides Aquino has 19 Defensive Runs Saved in 389 innings this season.Aquino tied for the MLB lead with 9 Runs Saved in August and won our voting for MLB Defensive Player of the Month for August.What differentiates Aquino, and helps him record so many Runs Saved [...]

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Albert Pujols Finishing With A Flourish

As of July 9, the Albert Pujols farewell tour had been a dud. He was hitting .198 with a .624 OPS.But over the last six weeks, the Cardinals designated hitter and occasional first baseman has looked much more like he did in his prime.Since July 10, he’s hitting .393 with 10 home runs and 20 [...]

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Aaron Judge's Amazing Stretch ... and Season

By MARK SIMON“Oh what a sock it was!”“It was one of the sockiest socks we ever saw.”Those are the words from the person who wrote the game story in the New York Daily News for the Yankees' 4-3 win over the Tigers on May 26, 1920 (there's no byline, so they are forever anonymous to [...]

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Notable Outfielders Dealt At Deadline

BY MARK SIMONThose who cover MLB are calling the Juan Soto trade among the biggest in baseball history, with the Padres acquiring a generational talent and sending the Nationals the top players in their farm system in return.And while it’s likely that Soto’s bat will have a huge impact, not just on this pennant race [...]

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Who are MLBs top pitch framers?

BY MARK SIMONOn this week’s edition of the Sports Info Solutions Baseball Podcast, we talked to Mariners catcher Cal Raleigh about the team’s success and his work behind the plate this season.Raleigh rates as one of the top pitch framers in MLB in 2022, so this seemed like a good time to look at the [...]

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2022 First Half Defensive Runs Saved Leaders

BY MARK SIMONAs we get set to start the second half of the season, let’s run through the MLB leaders in Defensive Runs Saved.At catcher, it’s a runaway. Jose Trevino of the Yankees leads all catchers in Runs Saved by a wide margin. His 15 Runs Saved are more than double the next-closest catchers, Reese [...]

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World's No. 1 Starting Pitcher Rankings

Last night, Corbin Burnes threw 7 1/3 innings against the Giants, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out 10.In doing so, Burnes took over the No. 1 spot in Bill James’ World’s No. 1 Starting Pitcher Rankings.Burnes, the NL’s reigning Cy Young winner, has a better ERA in 2022 (2.14) than he did in [...]

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