Archive for May 2010

When is it safe to root for a no-hitter?

The A’s have some things going for them.

Mark Cuban, an open-minded high school football coach, and the future of baseball analytics.

Sal tells about his new favorite player this year.

Sal reports back from the conference, where top officials from across US pro sports shared insights on everything from statistical analysis to the fan experience.

OK, not really. That would be Evan Longoria. But Brad Ziegler has been pretty darn good for a guy who was in the Northern League just a few years ago.

Sal has some fun with in-season projections. You can join in, since Sal’s spreadsheets are now available!

At the midseason mark, Sal checks out the under- and over-performing teams

Casey Kotchman, Andruw Jones and others are off to hot and cold starts, but will they last?

Sal explains the hierarchical structure of sabermetric research.

They’re rebuilding, but the year’s not hopeless

Sal uses player projections to estimate a few players’ true talents.

Sal uses Marcel projections to evaluate a few players’ talent.

Simpler may be just fine when it comes to projecting performance

Projections in rear-view mirror may appear larger or smaller than reality.

Did the average third baseman hit more like Kevin Kouzmanoff or Wilson Betemit?

Is luck the residue of design when teams beat their Pythagorean records? Sal says no.

…or is it? Sal takes a look at which offenses were the most consistent, and which ones weren’t, with a little help from his friend Waloddi Weibull.

A cautionary tale: do not mess with ancient Greek philosophers/baseball fans.

Do pitchers or hitters control the length of plate appearances? The thrilling dénouement to Sal’s series on the length of plate appearances.