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  1. Top 12 surprise stats of 2014 MLB season

    Buster Olney

    No sport overflows with information the way baseball does, with each pitch of each plate appearance adding to the growing expanse of an analytic universe. The players begin generating these numbers in early March, in exhibition games, and this contin...

    Blog | December 26, 2014
  2. Will the Royals try to run on Bumgarner?

    Buster Olney

    KANSAS CITY -- When San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner delivers the ball to home plate with a runner at first base tonight, the numbers that appear on the stopwatch of Kansas City Royals first-base coach Rusty Kuntz will indicate to him t...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  3. Jeter's legacy: consistency, reliability

    Buster Olney

    Two camps have warred throughout Derek Jeter's career -- those who claim he has raised his level of play in crucial moments, versus the crowd of skeptics, who countered that Jeter merely cashed in on a fragment of his extraordinary number of opportun...

    Blog | September 26, 2014
  4. A's make a mockery of tanking

    Buster Olney

    The Oakland Athletics are on a pace to win 102 games and their third consecutive AL West title. But they need only 17 more wins to extend another streak that might be even more remarkable: The number of consecutive seasons in which they have won at l...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  5. Rangers a contender despite injuries

    Buster Olney

    The 2014 Texas Rangers are illogical, from the inordinate number of injuries that have hit them, all the way through Friday's victory over the Indians. The Rangers have lost their first baseman (Prince Fielder), second baseman (Jurickson Profar), cat...

    Blog | June 07, 2014
  6. The Blue Jays' hot start, by the numbers

    Buster Olney

    As Kevin Pillar dove across home plate Wednesday night with the run that extended Toronto's winning streak to nine games, the other Jays came spilling out of the dugout. It's as if they have stolen the winning formula from the 2013 Red Sox and are us...

    Blog | May 29, 2014
  7. The Melky Cabrera debate

    Buster Olney

    The player who leads the American League in hits is batting .341, and if he continues on his current path, he'll finish the season with something in the range of 240 hits and 80 extra-base hits. These are numbers that will put him in the conversation...

    Blog | May 06, 2014
  8. Eye-catching early-season numbers

    Buster Olney

    Early-season numbers that catch your eye: 51.1 That is the ground ball percentage of Prince Fielder this season, a significant increase over past seasons. Fielder hit his first home run of the season Tuesday night, but it goes without...

    Blog | April 16, 2014
  9. Who is at fault for the Santana impasse?

    Buster Olney

    It's worth documenting, again, all that Ervin Santana did well last year: • Only 24 starting pitchers who qualified for the ERA title posted a lower number than his 3.24. • Only 19 pitchers had a lower WHIP. • Hi...

    Blog | March 09, 2014
  10. Players, teams in need of strong springs

    Buster Olney

    Eduardo Perez spoke on the podcast Thursday about how his perspective on spring training changed after Tino Martinez joined the Cardinals in 2002. The numbers don't count, the wins and losses evaporate once the regular-season starts, but what Perez t...

    Blog | February 28, 2014
  11. Shin-Soo Choo's special skill

    Buster Olney

    If you find it strange that the Yankees offered the same number of contractual years to Shin-Soo Choo as they did to Robinson Cano, it's worth remembering that Choo possesses a skill that does not disappear as quickly as defense or speed or fastball ...

    Blog | December 20, 2013
  12. Imagining a Mike Trout bidding war

    Buster Olney

    A longtime talent evaluator chewed over the possibility of a $400 million deal for Mike Trout the other day, after reading this post, and mentioned that he blanched when he first saw the number. "But then you think about it," he said. ...

    Blog | December 18, 2013
  13. Gold Glove winners, by the numbers

    Buster Olney

    This is about the time of year when Gold Glove ballots are dispensed to coaches and managers, and based on my own experience in collecting the votes in past years, I'd say there are two different types of voting styles. 1. Some voters are devote...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  14. Rivera won't reconsider retiring

    Buster Olney

    Mariano Rivera is almost perfect as a reliever this season, with 19 saves and a 1.77 ERA, the sort of numbers that don't square with the fact that he is 43 years old and announced his retirement back in March. This isn't quite Gale Sayers walking...

    Blog | June 03, 2013
  15. Vidal Nuno could step up for the New York Yankees - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that as the Yankees deal with a number of injuries, pitcher Vidal Nuno could be the player who comes out of nowhere to play a key role for the team.

    Blog | Conversation | April 27, 2013
  16. Wade Davis the key to trade for K.C.

    Buster Olney

    As soon as Wade Davis saw Andrew Friedman's phone number pop up on his caller ID on Sunday evening, he knew what it meant even before answering. Friedman explained that Davis had been traded, and the two spoke heartfelt words. Davis really likes...

    Blog | December 11, 2012