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  1. wow. this site keeps getting better and better. thanks!

    Comment by erik — April 28, 2008 @ 8:51 pm

  2. You might want to add league averages for each category on the player pages, or at least make a show/hide toggle for them. That would be much easier than finding this post every time someone looks at these numbers, especially for someone who didn’t see this post.

    Comment by dan — April 28, 2008 @ 9:27 pm

  3. Dan, good idea. The other option would be to make them all above/below average stats, not entirely sure how I feel about that though…

    Comment by David Appelman — April 28, 2008 @ 9:31 pm

  4. Man, I *heart* fangraphs.

    Comment by Jason — April 29, 2008 @ 10:13 am

  5. Just when I thought fangraphs couldn’t get any better……we’re not worthy

    Comment by Jason Collette — April 29, 2008 @ 2:19 pm

  6. Awesome. Any chance we’ll get to see any more analysis with TLV data?

    Comment by Sky — April 29, 2008 @ 5:25 pm

  7. this is awesome thanks so much with your help last year i dominated fb and now I am already doing it again this can only help!!

    Comment by thebear — April 29, 2008 @ 7:03 pm

  8. Absolutely, Sky. We’ll be doing a lot more TLV analysis as the year goes on.

    Comment by Dave Cameron — April 29, 2008 @ 7:30 pm

  9. Why is O-Contact% consistently rising? Random or real?

    Comment by Edgar for Pres — April 30, 2008 @ 2:03 pm

  10. Is the Zone% data accurate for the Los Angeles teams? It is suspicious to me that for the last 2 seasons, all of the qualified hitters from the Dodgers and Angels have the lowest Zone% in the league. This can’t be right, can it?

    Comment by Slyde — May 1, 2008 @ 1:20 pm

  11. We’re looking into the LA teams situation. It does seem a little weird.

    Comment by David Appelman — May 1, 2008 @ 1:23 pm

  12. this is really good stuff. is there any way we can break this down into where it is in the pitch count. the 0-2 data would be really interesting.

    Comment by cris — May 8, 2008 @ 6:26 am

  13. all right, nevermind. i now know what TLV is. (newbie)

    Comment by cris — May 8, 2008 @ 6:31 am

  14. Could you add the columns for production (even just BA) for O-swing” and “Z-swing”?

    Comment by Chris Dial — May 12, 2008 @ 1:58 pm

  15. I’m going to look into this today since average stats for the plate discipline stats have been highly requested.

    Comment by David Appelman — May 12, 2008 @ 2:47 pm

  16. Hey David, I have a very minor suggestion. I was looking at these definitions:

    # O-Swing%: The percentage of pitches a batter swings at outside the strike zone.
    # Z-Swing%: The percentage of pitches a batter swings at inside the strike zone.

    …and I didn’t understand why these two figures didn’t add up to 1. The wording makes it seem as though the denominator of both stats is swings. When you add these definitions to the glossary (hint, hint), I’d suggest something like:

    Percent of pitches outside the strike zone that a batter swings at.


    Comment by studes — January 21, 2009 @ 2:27 pm

  17. If you are a pitcher, do you want z-strike% to be high or low?

    Comment by John — July 15, 2014 @ 1:23 am

  18. I meant Z-Swing%

    Comment by John — July 15, 2014 @ 1:25 am

  19. Well the only way pitches in the zone are bad is if they turn into hits… so if the batter doesn’t swing at a pitch in the zone its good for the pitcher.

    I believe you would want it be low which would mean that batters often take your pitches thinking they are going to be out of the zone and they are not (perhaps especially true of breaking balls).

    Comment by Nick — August 21, 2014 @ 2:57 am

  20. Is there an equivalent statistic for a pitcher? it would show a pitchers ability (or inability) to get batters to chase bad pitches.

    Comment by John — October 29, 2014 @ 9:12 pm

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