THE FUTURE OF PITCHING

There was a time when there was no such thing as bullpens and closers. In fact saves! weren’t even an official statistic until 1969. Starting pitchers were expected to pitch the whole game, and relief pitchers were used for spot starts and multi-inning relief appearances when a starter would struggle or get injured. Things changed however… starters went from pitching

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WHY DO WE STILL CALCULATE PITCHER “WINS”?

Baseball statistics are great…. when they analyze the player’s actual ability. What if there was a statistic that penalized a player’s good performance for having bad teammates and rewarded a player’s bad performance for having good teammates? Would that be a good statistic to measure a player’s value? Should a player’s value be judged by the performance of his teammates?

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TRADE DEADLINE REVIEW

This is my analysis of the trading deadline and the week leading up to it. I only covered the most important trades and in the end reveal my picks for the “winners” and “losers”. The New York Yankees acquired J.A. Happ. This is a good move for the Bronx Bombers, as they needed another solid arm in the rotation. There

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THOUGHTS ON THE RECENT TRADES

Some big trades went down recently… First, Manny Machado was traded by Baltimore to the Los Angeles Dodgers, then Brad Hand was traded by San Diego to Cleveland, and then even more trades went down… Baltimore waited too long to move Machado, they should’ve traded him last Summer, when it was already clear that they weren’t contenders and that they

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WHAT ABOUT BRYCE HARPER?

Photo courtesy of WikiMedia. With all the talk of Baltimore trading Manny Machado ahead of his potentially historic foray into free agency, Bryce Harper has been in the background. Obviously it makes sense why he is, his team is in playoff contention and he’s basically the face of the team. That said it doesn’t change the fact that Washington are

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TOP 25 IMPROVEMENT & TOP 12 REGRESSION CANDIDATES

Let’s take a look at some hitters who will likely improve on their poor performances and those whose good performances are likely to decline. I’m going to specifically look at BABIP to make my selections (the players are not in any particular order). IMPROVEMENT CANDIDATES 1. Ian Kinsler, 2B Los Angeles Angels (.207 BABIP) 2. Khris Davis, DH Oakland Athletics

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