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Who Is The 2nd-Best Defensive Team in MLB?

By MARK SIMONThe Cardinals seem to be the clearcut best defensive team in baseball entering 2022. They return all five of the players who won Gold Gloves on last year’s team, including Fielding Bible Award winners Paul Goldschmidt and Tyler O’Neill.Six of their players finished in the Top 20 in the NL in the SABR [...]

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​Trevor Story's New Homes

By MARK SIMONTrevor Story is a man on the move in more ways than one.Story signed a six-year deal with the Red Sox where, at least for 2022, he’ll be their everyday second baseman. Xander Bogaerts will be the Red Sox starting shortstop. Story has never played second base in the major leagues and hasn’t [...]

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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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