They say that a run prevented is as important as a run scored, and this checks out. In fact, based on the coefficient of determination (r^2) for the two variables, a run prevented has actually been more correlated with team success than a run scored. This has been labeled as the “run prevention era”, and just by that measure, this would appear to be the … Continue reading MLB Study: Rethinking How We Look At Team Defense
We are in the midst of an unprecedented MLB season, but that doesn’t mean that the top players/staff members shouldn’t be recognized with awards! Today, I will be using a model I constructed to take a look at each of the major awards and assigning a deserved winner! This model will lead to different results than standard award races. For starters, it goes based off … Continue reading Who Should Win Each 2020 MLB Award?
We don’t know when the season could get cancelled, and have to take everything day-by-day, but I’ll speak for everyone when I say that is has been such a pleasure to have the MLB back as part of my everyday life. Since this is a short season, it’s going to be difficult to make any sort of concrete analysis on any topic, as the sample … Continue reading Analyzing Early Trends From 60-Game MLB Season
We’ve addressed the value of team offense, defense, and pitching, as well as the value (or lack thereof) of high-end relievers. However, is there a way for us to assess the importance of players at each positions? One of baseball’s most commonly used statistics is Wins Above Replacement (WAR), which assesses the value of players relative to the replacement-level player. Nonetheless, it is unclear if … Continue reading Study: Assessing Positional Value In Baseball
Last week, we looked at the top ten second basemen; the list contained some high-end players, but right now, the position as a whole lacks depth leaguewide. That’s certainly not an issue at third base, which is undoubtedly the most stacked position in terms of talent. Essentially, if you’re not an All-Star who is producing offensively and defensively, then making this list will be a daunting … Continue reading 2020 MLB Top Ten: Third Baseman
After winning the Manny Machado this offseason, expectations were high for the Padres heading into the season. Alas, it’s been more of the same for them; they’re currently 16 games below .500 and will finish well out of the playoff race once again. This is definitely a disappointment for the franchise, and that was demonstrated on Saturday, when they fired manager Andy Green. Though it … Continue reading With New Manager, Padres Will Be Playoff-Bound in 2020
It’s finally over. Manny Machado has signed a ten-year deal worth $300 million to join the San Diego Padres. This is the richest free agent contract in American sports history, and it’s a shocker, to say the least. Very few saw the Padres being able to compete with the larger market teams to give out a contract of this magnitude, especially considering they won just … Continue reading Manny Machado Is Worth $300M, But Padres Aren’t Right Fit
Shortstop, the glamour position in baseball. This tends to be one of the positions that has the most amount of star power, and that’s still the case today. The identity of this position has shifted however; this is now as much of an offensive position as it was a defensive position. Specifically with the top five, this list is filled with two-way superstars, all of … Continue reading Top Ten Shortstops
It’s Feburary 12th, which means that pitchers and catchers are reporting to spring training! However, the game’s top free agents remained unsigned, and as of now it’s unclear where any of them will sign. Still, let’s use the few clues we have to predict the landing spot for the top six remaining free agents! 3B Mike Moustakas Coming off a 2.5 WAR season, Mike Moustakas … Continue reading Final Predictions For Top Remaining Free Agents
This week, 2018 All Star Patrick Corbin has visited with the Washington Nationals, Philadelphia Phillies, and the New York Yankees. The 29 year old star lefty had a breakout season last year, posting a 3.15 ERA and 1.05 WHIP. His peripherals are even more encouraging; his 2.47 FIP suggests that he was the victim of bad luck and his 5.13 strikeout to walk ratio was … Continue reading Nats, Phillies, or Yankees, Who Is The Best Fit For Patrick Corbin?