The Doctor’s medicine

Roy Halladay did the unthinkable, throwing a no-hitter in a postseason game. Not only that, he threw a perfect game in May. A total of 55 batters faced between the two games, with just a slight change in approach. Despite being “imperfect,” I’d argue Doc was better in October than in May. Based on the […]

Measures of Qualls-ity

Arizona has shipped Chad Qualls to the Rays, eliciting responses ranging from anger to mockery to happiness. Qualls is having an off year, his worst showing of the past four campaigns. It’s just not as bad as his bloated ERA indicates. Using pitch-by-pitch linear weights to derive “ERA”, both rvERAe (based on batted ball types) […]

Heat from the Futures Game

If you saw the 2010 Futures Game you got a chance to see some live arms. We took a look at the left-handed Futures pitchers already, and we’ll come across them again as we run down the speed of all the pitchers’ fastballs. On an evening where 14 of the 20 pitchers had an average […]

Denorfia’s scramble

Unless you were up late watching the Padres and the Cardinals Wednesday night, you probably missed a heads-up piece of baserunning. In the bottom of the ninth inning, the Padres asked Will Venable to attempt a sacrifice bunt. He was to move Chris Denorfia (the potential winning run) into scoring position. He failed. Sort of. […]

Benchmarks: Updates on Chase and Watch

In short, I’ll probably dispose of “Watch” and just stick with swing rates in three regions. As suggested by Tango and others, I’ve broken pitch locations down into three groups: {exp:list_maker}In Tight Zone (ITZ) Paint, Knees or Letters (PKL) Outside Wide Zone (OWZ) {/exp:list_maker} The zones are based on player height with a sprinkle of […]