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  1. Pitching four days in a row: A history

    David Schoenfield

    One of the craziest games of recent years took place on Monday, when the Phillies scored five runs in the bottom of the eighth to take a 6-5 lead, only to blow it in the ninth when Dan Uggla hit a grand slam for the Braves off Jake Diekman. One re...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  2. How many wins is a manager worth?

    David Schoenfield

    One of the great unanswered questions of sabermetrics is how much value a manager brings to a team. Maybe it's ultimately something that can't be properly evaluated, since aside from on-field strategic moves, much of what a manager does is difficult ...

    Blog | March 28, 2014
  3. Volatile world of closers in chart form

    David Schoenfield

    Christina Kahrl just posted an essay discussing the lack of superstar closers in today's game. Once you get past Craig Kimbrel and Joe Nathan, it thins out in a hurry. Greg Holland and Kenley Jansen were dominant last year, but that was Holland's fir...

    Blog | March 08, 2014
  4. Framing pitches: New study cites value

    David Schoenfield

    The appreciation of framing pitches isn't a new concept -- scouts and managers have acknowledged the ability of good defensive catchers since the days they used chunks of raw meat for extra padding and we've all heard Tim McCarver discuss the topic f...

    Blog | March 06, 2014
  5. Happy Birthday, Bill White

    David Schoenfield

    It's been a weak stretch of birthdays -- we should do a little study, but it wouldn't surprise me if January is the weakest month for birthdays. This could be related to the birthday effect that Malcolm Gladwell outlined in his book "Outliers" -- th...

    Blog | January 28, 2014
  6. A study on success rate of prospects

    David Schoenfield

    A few years ago, a blogger named Scott McKinney conducted a study on the success rate of Baseball America's annual listing of the top 100 prospects. Using a similar methodology to McKinney's original work, Matt Perez of Camden Depot has updated the s...

    Blog | December 19, 2013
  7. Cabrera won't suffer without Fielder

    David Schoenfield

    There have been many, many sabermetric studies on the idea of "lineup protection." Do a Google search and you can find them easily enough. The studies all come to the same general conclusion: It doesn't really exist. Players don't change their perfor...

    Blog | November 22, 2013
  8. How the Pirates got defensive

    David Schoenfield

    Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review had an excellent, in-depth piece over the weekend on how the Pirates have embraced more shifts on defense and how it has helped improve their run prevention. From the article: In 2008, the Pirates hir...

    Blog | September 18, 2013
  9. Does first place now mean anything?

    David Schoenfield

    What's the value in being in first place on May 1? I'm sure the Angels and Blue Jays will say -- with hope -- that it doesn't mean much of anything, that baseball is a marathon and not a sprint. Katie Sharp of ESPN Stats & Info looked up the 1...

    Blog | May 01, 2013
  10. Are passive hitters leading to strikeouts?

    David Schoenfield

    A couple of pieces worth checking out. Last week, Tom Verducci had a column on SI.com arguing that ... well, hitters are getting it all wrong. He writes: Welcome to the state of the art in hitting these days, where aggressiveness is disdained and pa...

    Blog | April 30, 2013
  11. Injuries and ground ball pitchers

    David Schoenfield

    A few days ago, I linked to a post about a column Bill James had written on Bill James Online, where he suggested ground ball pitchers get injured more often then fly ball pitchers. Bill admittedly hadn't studied the issue but tossed out a list of gr...

    Blog | March 26, 2013
  12. Longest positional All-Star droughts: AL

    David Schoenfield

    In writing about the Mariners' catching woes in my previous post, I mentioned the Mariners have had only one All-Star appearance from a catcher in franchise history, Dan Wilson in 1996. I thought it would be fun to go back and look at the longest ...

    Blog | March 14, 2013
  13. The sacrifice bunt isn't dead yet

    David Schoenfield

    "There is a place for the sacrifice bunt and it's deep in your closet." -- Earl Weaver Before sabermetrics, there was Earl Weaver, who managed the Orioles to five 100-win seasons and four American League pennants. Weaver believed in playing for th...

    Blog | March 07, 2013
  14. Over/under: Stephen Strasburg's ERA

    David Schoenfield

    A couple of weeks ago, SportsNation asked if Stephen Strasburg will pitch 200 innings this season; 66 percent of the voters responded that he will. Before we get into how Strasburg will pitch, I wanted to point out a recent study published by Russ...

    Blog | March 05, 2013
  15. The best five-year pitching peaks

    David Schoenfield

    This is another follow-up to a debate that arose in a recent chat session: Which pitcher had the best five-year peak? With Sandy Koufax having spent time at Dodgers camp this spring it seems like a perfect time for a list, doesn't it? Well, I c...

    Blog | March 01, 2013
  16. WAR, a case study: Fielder vs. Ryan

    David Schoenfield

    The other night I tweeted that Prince Fielder's 50-homer season in 2007 -- when he hit .288/.395/.618 -- rates as the lowest wins above replacement total among the 42 seasons a player has hit at least 50. His 3.4 WAR on Baseball-Reference is one of j...

    Blog | February 28, 2013