Thursday, May 26, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, May 26, 2022 -- "Tim Anderson"

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"Anderson just crossed over the 3000 career PA line, which qualifies him for this list as well.

3-5-5 Contact! (Highest career BABIP, 1961-2022, min. 3000 PA)

                   BABIP
Roberto Clemente    .359
Rod Carew           .359
Austin Jackson      .355
Tim Anderson        .355
Derek Jeter         .350



"Any time you’re on a list with Roberto Clemente and Rod Carew and Austin Jackson, you’re in incredible company."

 

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, May 25, 2022 -- "Thinking Inside the Box"

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"In the moment, it seemed a bit like a passing of the baton. This was the game the Giants had been winning for more than a year, doing whatever they needed in the late innings to outscore their opponents. That’s what the Mets have been doing for seven weeks so far in the 2022 season, with nine comeback wins, including one in a game they trailed by seven runs. At a bit past midnight ET, it sure seemed like the Mets were out-Giantsing the Giants."

Monday, May 23, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, May 23, 2022 -- "Cardinal Rules...Changing?"

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"In April, the team had a 96 wRC+, tenth in the NL, squeezing out a tick over four runs per game. In May, the Cardinals have the best offense in the NL, a 127 wRC+, scoring 5.6 runs per contest."

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, May 18, 2022 -- "A Peculiar Decision"

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"A one-off decision to bat Andrew Vaughn ninth is small potatoes. La Russa’s explanation, though, shows that he simply doesn’t understand why he’s making the move or, for that matter, remember why he did what he did and how he did it a decade ago."

 

Monday, May 16, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, May 16, 2022 -- "What I'm Watching"

 

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"Toronto’s performance is pretty easy to explain. The Jays’ offense hasn’t come close to expectations, with a 98 wRC+ and just 130 runs in 35 games, less than four a game. The left side of the infield has been a disaster, with Bo Bichette (.234/.275/.345) and Matt Chapman (.182/.259/.347) combining for almost 300 PAs of a .270 OBP, most of it in the top half of the order. "

Friday, May 13, 2022

Newsletter Excerpt, May 13, 2022 -- "Potpourri"

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"When you add hit batsmen to walk rate, you see what’s happened in recent seasons. These non-events for purposes of action have pushed the Free Base Rate to turn-of-the-century levels. Combined, the elevated walk and HBP rates are propping up OBP in a league hitting .234, providing enough baserunners to keep scoring above eight runs a game for the moment, but again, not making baseball any more entertaining. If the league pushes for even a moderately aggressive pitch clock in 2023, with an intention to create more hittable pitches, the unintended consequence could be a record level of non-events -- walks and hit batsmen."