Platoon to the Moon!!!

The great Ty Cobb once said, “If a man pretends to be a major leaguer, he should stay in the lineup no matter who is pitching.”  This is coming from someone who was 1 of 2 guys to ever have over 4,000 MLB hits.  For the rest of the 99.99% who don’t have the highest... Continue Reading →

Shohei Ohtani’s Remarkable 2021 Season

While many were aware of Shohei Ohtani's two-way potential when he was posted by the Nippon-Ham Fighters back in the winter of 2017, few could have imagined it was possible for him to accomplish what he did during the 2021 season. It is certainly not unheard of for someone to enter pro-ball with two-way potential.... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on the Tigers Offseason

The initial weeks of Major League Baseball's offseason featured a flurry of activity as uncertainty surrounding the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement and a lockout loomed. Having been in a rebuild since the summer of 2017, there was significant progress made on the field during the 2021 season for the Detroit Tigers under first... Continue Reading →

Rays Offseason Plan 2022 (pt. 3)

Part 3 of this series will discuss a realistic free agency outlook and conclude with an overview of the team heading into the 2022 season. Free Agency: It's safe to say that the Rays are not in a position to be active in the market for some of the premier free agents this offseason. This... Continue Reading →

Zach Davies: What Changed?

In 2020, Zach Davies’ changeup was ranked #2/469 changeups based on run value.  In 2021 though, his changeup was dead last in the rankings at #590/590!  Many questions come to mind when you see such a drastic transformation like this. Did his changeup metrics like his movement differ from 2020-2021? Table 1 Table 1 displays... Continue Reading →

Rays Offseason Plan 2022 (pt. 2)

Part 2 of this series will cover the trade portion of the offseason. Something to note here: Various players mentioned before and now in Part 2 may have already been involved in a deal. These trades took place during the final stages of completing this project, so I plan to continue my discussion as if... Continue Reading →

Rays Offseason Plan 2022 (pt. 1)

The Rays may have the most offseason reshuffling ever for a team that won 100 games the previous season. The balance between fielding a competitive team and satisfying the budget constraints of ownership is a difficult one to manage. The harsh budget constraints faced by small-market teams like the Rays make the roster maintenance and... Continue Reading →

Snuffy Stirnweiss

Throughout the history of baseball, there have only been 2 players to lead their league in OPS and defensive WAR in the same season.  One of them is Willie Mays (in 1954) which should come as no shock to anyone.  The other...was Snuffy Stirnweiss (in 1945).  When we think of the year 1945, the ending... Continue Reading →

Individually Optimizing Launch Angle

For the link to my code, my GitHub page is here. Introduction The launch angle revolution has changed the way baseball teams develop hitters. There have been many hitters that have raised their launch angles and had success such as J.D. Martinez, Max Muncy, and, just recently, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. However, throughout the launch angle... Continue Reading →

Improving Pythagorean Winning %

The Pythagorean Win Percentage for baseball was created by Bill James to correlate a team's winning percentage to their expected win percentage. His initial equation was: Over the years this has held up with slight changes in the exponent to get a higher correlation between expected wins and actual wins.  Currently, on Baseball Reference the... Continue Reading →

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