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 →

An Introduction to Point of Contact

One of the best tools available to programs around the country is HitTrax. With HitTrax, batters hit off a pitching machine or live pitcher and get feedback from the system that includes batted ball outcome (hit, ground out, fly out, etc.) and metrics like exit speed, launch angle, and even point of contact from home... 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 →

Plate Discipline and Hit Tools

As the Tigers focused on pitching during the early stages of the rebuild, it has started to make its presence felt at the Major League Level. The organization has now started shifting its focus to positional talent. While this has resulted in a lack of starting pitching talent in the farm system, there are now... Continue Reading →

Sidearm Pitchers with Reverse Splits this year???

As a right-handed submarine pitcher, you hear countless times that you will be more effective against righties and will struggle against left-handed hitters.  The past data agrees with this, as do most (if not all) coaches and past players.  So why are submarine/sidearm pitchers having more success against opposite handed hitters than same-sided hitters this... Continue Reading →

The Curse of the Triple Play

Why was I screaming at my TV in agony as the Yankees turned their first triple play of the year on May 21st to get them out of a jam against the White Sox?  This may seem like a weird reaction from a lifelong Yankees fan...unless you knew about the Curse of the Triple Play.... Continue Reading →

Where did their Spin go?

Usually when a pitcher adds more spin to his fastball you see a relatively similar increase in velocity; however, these 5 pitchers go against this pattern drastically.  I looked at 5 pitchers’ fastballs who have lost 100 or more RPM this year compared to their 2020 data, while also showing an increase in velocity.  These... Continue Reading →

Coors Field’s Impact on Pitch Movement

Coors Field has long been synonymous with offensive slugfests which give pitchers nightmares. In addition to this, we know that the higher altitude in Denver is what affects the baseballs' trajectory as they are both thrown and hit. Often the "thin air" is brought up as what allows the baseballs to travel further in Coors... Continue Reading →

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