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John Dewan's Stat of the Week

The Angels Are Looking Good

By MARK SIMONIt’s only 20 games, but the Los Angeles Angels look like a completely different team from last season’s squad in a couple of important areas.For one thing, take a look at their chase rate (best known as O-Swing% on FanGraphs). In 2021, the Angels’ chase rate of 33% ranked 25th. To this point [...]

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Stat of the Week: The Padres' Spectacular Infield Defense

By MARK SIMONPadres pitchers took a no-hit bid into the seventh inning in their first game of the season and a no-hit bid into the eighth inning of their second game of the season.They allowed five hits or fewer in each of their first four games of the season and eight times in 14 games [...]

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Adam Engel's Amazing Home Run Thievery

DHs aren’t carrying their weight as MLB offenses are off to a slow start. Defensive shifting is up considerably, particularly in Toronto where the Blue Jays are using them on almost every batter.But we’re only a week into the season. Sample sizes are so small. Let’s wait at least another week before jumping to any [...]

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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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