Here’s a visual of all teams that started 0-6 since 1900, measuring a rolling average of games over .500. Only two teams—the ’74 Pirates and the ’95 Reds—made the playoffs. The Sox will have some history to make if they’re to fulfill their preseason hype. Then again, they’ve gotten pretty good at defying the odds […]
Here’s a way to visualize a pitcher’s season using Bill James’ Game Score stat. I found that shapes were more revealing than a simple line graph and I was able to spot patterns more easily. Here are a few pitchers from 2010: Roy Halladay: I was struck by the weirdly repeatable pattern he had in […]
I’m fascinated by Hall of Fame debates. And I admit that using Rankometer is only one tool to assess a player’s Hall of Fame candidacy. Then again, I think a good way to decide if someone was a Hall of Famer is to look at how he compared to the elite at his position, in […]
Hi there. I discovered a glitch in the data I used for the career pitching Rankometers I posted last week. Pitchers who had been traded midseason had their WAR split into two and were not showing in the rankings. I’ve made these corrections and wanted to re-post. Just to remind you of how this works, […]
After last week’s post about Pettitte and the Hall of Fame, there were some requests to look at Bert Blyleven. Here’s a look:
Hi there. I’m back after a prolonged offseason hibernation. Over the last several months there’s been a fair amount of the annual “Is he a Hall of Famer” debate. There’s the “the numbers tell me” argument, which tends to help players like Bert Blyleven. And there’s the “my eyes tell me” argument, which tends to […]
Here’s a look at the Giants and Rangers, using Score Tracker to compare their wins and losses in the 2010 postseason. Like everything in Texas, the Rangers have done everything big, with only one game decided by two runs or fewer. In contrast, the Giants have been anything but Giant, taking more of a “conservationist” […]
Here’s a look at the New York Yankees batting order, comparing regular season OPS with postseason OPS. Cano and Granderson have stepped up, while a parade of Yankees (led by A-Rod) has shrunk from the limelight.
Here’s a look at how the Phillies have fared historically against “The Freak.” Howard and Werth loom large in the middle of that order.
A look at the Giants’ postseason games thus far. As we might have expected, all of their victories – with the exception of Game Two vs. the Phillies – have been “tortuous” nail biters.
Here’s a look at the New York Yankees’ starting three for this series. Andy Pettitte looks like a left-handed mirror of Phil Hughes, with everything a bit slower and a much better curve ball.
Here’s a look at the Texas Rangers batting order, comparing regular season OPS with postseason OPS. Most of the lineup has stepped up, with the exception of their big boppers: Hamilton and Guerrero.
Here’s a look at the San Francisco Giants’ starting three for this series. It’s unclear why the Giants flipped Matt Cain and Jonathan Sanchez, but after looking at Paintomatic it does make some sense. For the most part, Tim Lincecum and Cain throw the same pitches, at roughly the same velocity and with similar frequency.
Two great staffs. The Giants have a slightly deeper rotation 1-5, and a better closer. But facing Roy Halladay has to scare Giants fans…
The Rangers would seem to have a big edge in their starting rotation on paper, but the Yankees have the benefit of starting with their best guy on the mound…
A classic “pitching and defense” team. But can they manage to get a hit off of Halladay, Oswalt and Hamels? And, if they do, can they get to home plate?
Gotta love the offense but the mediocre pitching and defense is somewhat disconcerting. Then again, they pitched pretty damn well against the Twins…
Here’s a look at what Rangers and Rays hitters will have flying at them in tonight’s deciding Game 5.
Here’s a look at what the New York Yankees have done to the Minnesota Twins in their last four postseason series. Ugly, to say the least…unless you’re a Yankee fan. NOTE: circle sizes have been adjusted to more accurately reflect the scoring…