Kevin Newman is Defying the Odds OR At Least Disproving the Data

For anyone that studies advanced metrics there almost always seems to be a pattern, a reason to justify why a player is struggling, data to show how improvements were made, basis for an upcoming hot or cold streak and a way to determine how well a player is performing; among many other things. Teams useContinue reading “Kevin Newman is Defying the Odds OR At Least Disproving the Data”

Progression, Regression and Stagnation: 2020 Pirates Player Projections

Each year before a season begins there are expectations; for the organization as a whole, for the team and especially for the individual players on the field. We try to predict a direction or a path for the future; sometimes based on numbers and patterns, but often it is rooted in emotion, a gut instinctContinue reading “Progression, Regression and Stagnation: 2020 Pirates Player Projections”

Roster Construction: Thoughtful Planning Versus Reckless Abandon

As soon as the announcement was made on Tuesday evening that players had agreed to report to Spring Training 2.0 on July 1st the brains of Major League Baseball fans and media members’ alike immediately went into overdrive. With new rules, health and safety protocols, scheduling, an end to the MLB transaction freeze and impendingContinue reading “Roster Construction: Thoughtful Planning Versus Reckless Abandon”

Draft Day – Where Every Answer Creates a New Question

Draft day in any sport is supposed to be a day of optimism, of looking forward to the future construction of your club. This year we may have to look through the fog of whether the game itself will be played, even as we watch our teams fortify talent with no place to play themselves.

Top O’The Metric To Yinz: Pure Power

There are countless ways for MLB teams to score runs, with almost endless combinations of hits, walks, wild pitches, passed balls, stolen bases and even hit by pitches. However, the quickest way to affect the outcome of a game has almost always been the long ball; followed closely by a base clearing triple and aContinue reading “Top O’The Metric To Yinz: Pure Power”

Top O’The Metric To Yinz: Putting Balls In Play

Just put the ball in play and anything can happen. It’s a fairly simplistic statement, but sometimes those are the ones with the most truth behind them. If you walk, you only get first base. If you strike out, you are either yelling at the umpire for a missed call or yelling at yourself; eitherContinue reading “Top O’The Metric To Yinz: Putting Balls In Play”

Top O’The Metric To Yinz: Avoiding The Swing and Miss

In my first article in this series I dove deep into the exciting stat of BB% for hitters. The clear positives of a high BB% are obviously, getting on base and potentially allowing yourself to be able to receive more hittable pitches. The precise benefits of a low K% are not always as apparent. StrikeoutsContinue reading “Top O’The Metric To Yinz: Avoiding The Swing and Miss”

Top O’The Metric To Yinz: Patient at the Plate

Throughout the years certain stats have been considered to be on the forefront or more highly regarded by experts. For the longest time Batting Average, Home Runs and Runs Batted In were thought of as the gold standard for judging a player’s ability, hence the Triple Crown. Now I am not downplaying these stats andContinue reading “Top O’The Metric To Yinz: Patient at the Plate”