Archive for the 'Strategy' Category

Sometimes, it makes no sense for a team to add another good relief pitcher.

We are facing a troubling decline in offense, but are shifts really the cause?

How much credit should the pitcher get for reining in runners? Here’s a framework for figuring that out.

We’ve just scratched the surface when it comes to using PITCHf/x data to tell us about hitters.

Diving back into the effects of extra-long games — before noticing someone drained the pool.

For the impatient hitter, it’s not letting a good first pitch go by. For the patient hitter, it’s not swinging at a pitch until you see something you like.

Offensive production is not linear – one and one equals more than two. How can a team take advantage of this blind spot in advanced statistics?

Taking you deep into the situations behind situational wins.

In part three, we lay out the net value for 2014 draft picks and ruminate on this from both the team and player perspective.

In part two of three, we examine the value each draft pick provides relative to its cost.

In the first part of a three-part series, previous studies to quantify draft pick valuation are updated.

Baseball is simultaneously very simple and very complex.

In life, you have to learn to appreciate the positives, because focusing on the negatives can sometimes make things much worse.

In the final installment, we look at Earl Weaver, Lou Piniella, Dale Sveum, contemplate how misery loves company (or does it?) and ponder the future of manager ejections.

Finding a scapegoat can be a difficult, but gratifying process.

The optimal strategy for challenging calls might surprise you.

With the increase in the three true outcomes and the rise in infield shifts, is infield defense as important as it used to be?

Comparing the old school and new school approaches.

Nick Castellanos is poised to see more playing time in Detroit.

Need stolen bases? This Padres youngster could be just what the doctor ordered.