Archive for April 2007

Previous articles showed platoon leveraging was a key component to pitcher leveraging. This article, examining SP platoon leveraging head-on, uncovers some interesting information that offers a modest revision to a point Bill James made in his Historical Abstract.

Sal tries not to get too excited (or depressed) about the first month of baseball.

There is another sport that uses a small white ball and some lumber. It’s cricket.

On April 23, 2007 Richard watched the New York Mets host the Colorado Rockies. As this game shows us, baseball history is all around, even when the action is live in front of you.

It’s a jungle out there, but Jeff and Kent boil it all down to one number worth watching.

With the help of the masochistic Eric Chalek (he’s a regular reader—what more proof is needed?) we’ll take a look at four more potential Hall of Fame clunkers (plus a surprise!—No Dave I’m not quitting; nice try though).

David takes a look at a popular statistic.

Guest writer Fabian McNally gives us a Yankees fan’s preview ahead of Philip Hughes’ major league debut.

The Hall of Famers tomorrow … today!

Forbes valuations, and the Marlins face another deadline

John looks at the history of hitting to the opposite field. Are hitters using the opposite field more now than in the past?

The prognosis on B.J. Ryan, King Felix and a couple others who may be showing signs of injuries.

Readers ask questions about how to become a MLB stats guy and Joe Torre’s pitching decisions, and the Hardball Times staff answers.

The inspiration for this study was a work that claimed Wes Ferrell, if adjusted for how he was leveraged, was as good in his prime as Lefty Grove. Yet AOWP+ indicates that Wes Ferrell was rather poorly leveraged. What gives?

Sal owns up to a mistake, and ties up some loose ends with mERA+.

A look at PROTRADE, the sports stock market.

On April 15, 1976, the Cubs hosted the Mets at Wrigley Field. That game would end with 17 runs allowed, just one of a crazy week of games at the ballpark in Chicago’s North Side.

A spate of early injuries hasn’t turned the Blue Jays magic number to 911 just yet

Nothing in here about Charlie Manuel. Honest!