Joey Lucchesi’s Unhittable Pitch: The Churve

The Mets came into the 2021 offseason needing to acquire starting pitching depth and they did so by adding arms like Carlos Carrasco, Taijuan Walker, Jordan Yamamoto and Joey Lucchesi. With Lucchesi, they acquired one of the most interesting pitches in the game today, one that has some characteristics reminiscent of a curveball and changeup... Continue Reading →

MLB Win Projections

Firstly, something to get out of the way. I do not hate your baseball team. I did not create these predictions. The numbers did. Team stats from the years 2008-2020 were pulled and then analyzed. Using the most correlated statistics with wins, thousands of models were run. Some of these statistics included K/9, ERA, FIP,... 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 →

X Pitch Pitchers

In last year’s spring training, Trevor Bauer made headlines by telling the batter what was coming. As is typical in bullpen sessions, he communicated through glove motions in what is essentially a universal language in baseball. He did manage to record an out, but needless to say such an experiment would be silly in the... Continue Reading →

It Shouldn’t Be Called “The Warthen Slider”

For the purpose of this exercise: Let's say Major League Baseball, specifically the Mets, is the Matrix. Mets' pitching coach Dan Warthen represents Morpheus and you, the reader, are a rookie MLB pitcher. However, Warthen isn't offering you a blue or red pill, rather he's extending you a pitch (literally and figuratively). A delivery that... Continue Reading →

Introducing the 2021 Spring Interns

After a couple of weeks sorting through applicants and going through the interview process, we are excited to announce the 2021 spring interns! Content Interns Anthony Franco (Twitter: @affranco10) Anthony Franco gave up his dream of being an MLB player when he went hitless all season his final year of youth baseball. A Cubs fan growing... Continue Reading →

Final Pitches 344 Days into the Past

Division 1 Baseball finally started up again after almost a year break, with the last game being on March 12, 2020. This post will show the last pitch thrown over some of the D1 Conferences. The 4 main Conferences that BaseballCloud has pitch data from last year were: The ACC, Pac-12, SEC, and Sunbelt. For... Continue Reading →

Velocity Density Plots and Smoothing

At the bottom of Yu Darvish’s baseball savant page is a wavy mess. Distributions of different colors bobbing up and down indicating the speed uncertainty batters face when stepping in the box against one of the best pitchers in the MLB. It may not be the most practically helpful to a pitcher, but it was... Continue Reading →

Cesar Valdez and The Dead Fish

Last season, the Orioles bullpen was a pleasant surprise. In a campaign where the club wasn't able to escape the basement of the AL East, their bullpen represented a bright spot in an otherwise dismal season. Each of their relievers had a different way to beat opponents. Tanner Scott's upper-90's fastball could blow by most... Continue Reading →

BCTips: Heat Map Update on BCTeam

Last night a big update was made to the Batted Ball tab on player profiles for BCTeam! After some time of just showing average exit velocity, we have added six additional dropdown options to the Heat Map visual for both pitchers and hitters. Each of these metrics will be broken down in this blog. Average... Continue Reading →

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