Tuesday, September 22, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 22, 2020 -- "One Great Baseball Play"

This is a preview of the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter, an e-mail newsletter about all things baseball, featuring analysis and opinion about the game on and off the field from the perspective of the informed outsider. Joe Sheehan is a founding member of Baseball Prospectus and a contributor to Sports Illustrated and Baseball America. He has been writing about baseball for nearly 25 years.


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"As with the Simmons play, it showed off so many aspects of playing shortstop. Swanson had to realize the bag was open and that Harrison was a threat to take it. He initially ran across the infield forward, then needed to switch it up and run sideways, signaling Freeman to make the throw. In the MLB.com highlights, this is tagged as “Freddie Freeman turns sweet DP,” and that’s earned. Freeman threw an out route that hit Swanson in stride and set up the spin tag that capped the play. The play, though, was made by Swanson, seeing the open base, getting to it, and slapping a game-saving tag on Harrison."
 

Monday, September 21, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 21, 2020 -- "Seven More Days"

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"This is last year’s Cardinals team all over again. They don’t really do anything but play good defense, and that might be enough. Their pitching staff has the sixth-highest walk rate in baseball, and only the Jays are walking more batters among contenders. Their offensive identity is, “What, we’re up again?” They’re 17-for-26 stealing bases, which is much worse than 0-for-0. I want to talk myself into a bullpen bolstered by Genesis Cabrera and Alex Reyes, but the two have walked about 17% of the batters they’ve faced, which even when you’re winning takes years off your life."

Newsletter Excerpt, September 20, 2020 -- "I Was Wrong"

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"What we know, though, is that after those earliest days, MLB pulled this off. It needed to chip away at some of the things we think of as “baseball” to do so, and it needed a commitment from the players to, frankly, pass on a lot of the fun things about being major-league players for a while. We had a season, and we’ll have these expanded playoffs and a World Series, and whether it’s Yankees/Dodgers or Marlins/Blue Jays, it will represent the efforts of thousands of people over four months. MLB’s plan worked."

Friday, September 18, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 18, 2020 -- "The Playoff-Bound White Sox"

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"Robert’s emergence has helped the White Sox become one of the best defensive teams in baseball, a key to their season so far. Only the Cardinals and Dodgers have a larger gap between their ERA and their FIP, indicating teams whose pitchers are getting, through some mix of luck and defense, better results than expected. During their rebuild, the Sox saw their Defensive Efficiency drop from third in MLB in 2017 to 21st last year. Now, no one is tracking DER in 2020, but we can use BABIP as a loose proxy; the Sox have jumped from 19th in BABIP allowed, .303, to fourth (.275)."
 
 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 15, 2020 -- "The Wrong Choice"

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"Craig Counsell doesn’t have to turn Josh Hader into 1986 Mark Eichhorn. On September 14, though, with the Brewers fighting for their season, with them holding a one-run lead in the last inning, with Hader having thrown 14 2/3 innings in 53 days, with the middle of the other team’s lineup up, he has to be able to call on the most dominant reliever we’ve ever seen to get three outs, even if he’d made the same request three hours prior."

Monday, September 14, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 14, 2020 -- "Around the League"

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"It’s fair to not assign as much meaning to these last two weeks as we might to this type of finish in another year. However, if you put your blinders on and just enjoy it for what it is, the race for the NL playoffs should be entertaining, if not necessarily good. Nearly every day will feature multiple games between teams in this group, ones scrambling for 29 wins and the chance to assemble a two-game winning streak at the right time."