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The Defensive Excellence of Matt Chapman & Matt Olson

By MARK SIMONWith two big trades, the Athletics dismantled one of the great corner infield combinations in recent MLB history.The trades of Matt Chapman to the Blue Jays and Matt Olson to the Braves should have prominent effects on their new teams.After all, they are getting the standard-setters at their respective positions.Chapman’s 78 Runs Saved [...]

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2021's Top Minor League Bat-Missers

By MARK SIMONLast week we looked at some prominent minor league hitters and the quality of their contact. This week, we shift to minor league pitchers and which ones were best at avoiding contact.A reminder that we track minor league data at the Single-A, Double-A, and Triple-A levels and that includes the specificity of whether [...]

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​Putting (Synthetic) Statcast Numbers on Top Minor League Sluggers

By MARK SIMONFor the moment, let’s focus on baseball that we know will be played this season – Minor League Baseball.SIS is an industry leader in Minor League Baseball coverage with advanced data collected from more than 5,000 games each season. In 2018, SIS built a machine-learning model, Synthetic Statcast, that was trained using actual [...]

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A Fresh Look at NBA Assists

By SIS Hoops StaffWhile we patiently wait for the MLB lockout to end and for baseball to begin, we thought we’d update you on some of the cool work we’re doing in another sport.In 2020, Sports Info Solutions expanded its sport coverage to include college basketball (you might recall this Stat of the Week). In [...]

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The Super Bowl is Super Hard To Predict

By MARK SIMONIt was tradition in this space for John Dewan to devise a Super Bowl prediction system using a variety of statistical categories to pick the winner during Super Bowl week.So we’ve tried to find a way to modernize that.We’ve got Total Points, our player value stat, back to 2016, and can tell you [...]

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Aaron Donald's Dominance

By MARK SIMON It’s been three years since the Rams last Super Bowl appearance and Aaron Donald is almost as dominant now as he was then. It’s fair to call Donald, a four-time Defensive Player of the Year winner, an all-time great. What’s so impressive about him is how much he stands above others at his position, [...]

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Upcoming Baseball Hall of Fame Ballots

By MARK SIMON With this year’s Baseball Hall of Fame elections now complete, we can now look forward to the upcoming Baseball Writers Association of America ballot classes. Scott Rolen will have some strong momentum going into next year’s ballot, having received 63% of the vote in the most recent election. That’s up a little more than 10 percentage points [...]

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2021 NFL Total Points Leaders

As we wait for baseball news (we’re looking forward to the Hall of Fame announcements next week), we’ll stick with a football theme for this week. There will be a lot of great players playing in this weekend’s Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs. But the No. 1 ranked player in our value stat, Total Points, will not be among them. Chargers [...]

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NFL Playoff Football Power Rankings

By MARK SIMON We’ve been largely devoted to the baseball offseason, but with the NFL playoffs beginning on Saturday, a football cameo seemed in order for this week’s post. All season long we’ve been keeping track of our player value stat, Total Points, on a team level to create a power ranking of sorts. A brief primer on Total Points Total Points takes [...]

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Carlos Correa's Amazing Slides, Dives, and Jumps

By MARK SIMON Carlos Correa is someone who values advanced stats. He’s spoken about it both on TV and radio and even criticized Derek Jeter’s repeated selection as a Gold Glove winner (perhaps influenced by this article from Bill James?). So I think Correa might like what I’m going to present here. Our company tracks all sorts of things related to how [...]

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