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THT authors debate allegations of Alex Rodriguez’s steroid use.
Whether you’re a fanatical fantasy player, or just want to see what’s up with your favorite team, the THT Season Preview 2009 is just for you.
Fangraphs keeps getting better and better: Starting today, they are publishing UZR data based on BIS data. The first player I checked was Ichiro, which UZR (which has always been calculated using data from STATS Inc.) has always hated. According to Fangraphs, Ichiro has been +7.3 runs per 150 games in right field throughout his […]
David continues his examination of whether experience makes a difference in the playoffs.
David asks if experienced teams really have an advantage when the playoffs come around.
Announcing a new feature on THT.
Comparing the accuracy of 2008 THT projections with that of PECOTA, CHONE and ZiPS.
I got an e-mail from a reporter today inquiring about changes in home run rates among differently sized players. His question piqued my interest, and I decided to run a simple query, checking on whether players of different heights have seen their home run rates decline by different amounts since the peak of the home […]
Quick quiz: Who leads the major leagues in innings pitched and xFIP? Roy Halladay is incredible.
For those interested, Mitchel Lichtman (MGL) and I will be teaching a class at MIT focusing on sabermetric analysis of pitching and defense. The class is for high school aged kids, but this one will be open to the public, so anyone who wants to can come. The class will be in room 4-231 (here’s […]
Our authors discuss the Sabathia and Harden deals.
David explores just how important winning in the postseason is these days, compared to previous eras.
David delves deep into the data on Joba Chamberlain’s first start.
David looks at Ben Sheets from a statistical, mechanical and injury perspective with help from Dan Loeterman and Chris Neault.
The Mariners just signed Kenji Johjima to a three-year extension, angering a lot of Mariners fans given that the M’s have catching prospect Jeff Clement waiting in the wings. The one justification I’ve heard for the extension is that there have been a lot of concerns over Clement’s defense, and so a move to first […]
Dan Turkenkopf publishes a fascinating research piece on Beyond the Boxscore.
There are two pitchers: One is young, with a hard sinker that he doesn’t control very well; the other is old, with a two-seam fastball he can spot pretty well though of course not perfectly. The young pitcher throws half of his fastballs to the middle of the plate; 50 percent go down the middle […]
The 2008 Giants offense is so anemic, even the Onion has noticed after less than two weeks of baseball.
Mitchel Lichtman writes a fascinating post, finding some evidence that hitters struggle against relievers in Tim Wakefield’s starts.