Changeups: They’re Not That Simple

In 2020, Devin Williams took the league by storm. En route to posting a 0.33 ERA, Williams struck out 53% of batters he faced earning himself a spot in rookie of the year conversations. Fueling his rapid ascent was his screwball-like changeup, but how can we analyze what makes it elite? Plenty has been written... Continue Reading →

Giancarlo Stanton Hits Massive Dingers

Tyler Glasnow is a damn good starting pitcher. Glasnow's always had that label. His talents were plenty evident during his time in the Pirates' farm system, but once Tampa Bay worked their magic on the tall righty, he turned into the second coming of Jacob deGrom. He's one head of the Rays' Cerberus of starting... Continue Reading →

Cracking the Code: Pitching at Coors Field

Primer Since the Colorado Rockies played their first game in 1993, the organization has never put forth a team ERA under four (sporting a home ERA of over six the last three seasons). While the organization has put together formidable lineups for multiple years, the magic touch on the hill has eluded them. Many attribute... Continue Reading →

Why The MVP Won’t Win MVP

Mike Trout is the best player in baseball. He once again put up a ridiculous slashline in 2020 - .281/.390/.603 - although it was somewhat disappointing considering what he has done over the past half decade. He may be high on the list, but it is safe to say he will not defend his American... Continue Reading →

xRV: The best pitches and pitchers of 2020

Earlier this summer, I informally introduced a pitch quality metric called Expected Run Value (xRV). This was in a piece for South Side Hit Pen, Sports Illustrated’s White Sox site. The article analyzed two unsung heroes of Chicago’s bullpen, Evan Marshall and Jimmy Cordero, as measured by various metrics including xRV. The basis of xRV... Continue Reading →

Why Mike Trout is a 3-Tool Player

Baseball has clearly had technological and analytical improvements over the last few decades. Pitching and hitting advancements have led the way, and defense has lagged behind. In the much more recent past, more accurate defensive metrics have been created, and the older ones have been updated. Defensive Runs Saved (DRS), Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR), and... Continue Reading →

What Makes An Ace: Snakes Edition

Last offseason, Tom Tango and the geniuses over Baseball Savant created Statcast Swing Take, a metric that computes a player's production by analyzing his contributions in different zones of the plate. This metric helps determine how much value a player contributes to his team's offense by swinging or taking at a certain pitch. Simply put,... Continue Reading →

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