What Actually Contributes to BABIP?

In the field of statistics, we use the the law of large numbers to explain that as the sample size of something increases, the average of that sample will fall closer to the mean of the population as a whole. The proof of this law has existed since the publishing of the book Ars Conjectandi... Continue Reading →

Is Stealing Signs Necessary?

While baseball has always been a game of numbers, the increase in large datasets and the availability of these datasets over recent years has greatly facilitated the ability of both public analysts and teams to draw conclusions and insights into the game that they previously would not have been able to.   As the data has... Continue Reading →

A Discussion of Spin Efficiency

We have long been aware of the fact that baseballs spin when traveling through the air and that Major League Pitchers are able to generate quite a lot of spin when they release their pitches (average spin rate on Major League pitches was around 2270 RPM’s last year). It has been common knowledge for a... Continue Reading →

ShiftR : An Introduction

Back in 2016, a mere 13% of MLB plate appearances involved a shifted defense. In 2020, that percentage has nearly tripled to 36%. Strategic defensive positioning has become widely accepted and increasingly prevalent in MLB. Since all MLB teams have an analytics department, most teams are likely leveraging internal analysis to develop a strategic defense... Continue Reading →

Is Trevor Rosenthal Elite Again?

With the trade deadline rapidly approaching, teams are currently scrambling to put the final touches on their teams. World Series hopefuls seek the player that will get them ‘over the top’ while the less fortunate seek prospects to shape their futures. One of the names being tossed around is that of Royals closer, Trevor Rosenthal.... Continue Reading →

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