Visual Baseball:  Rankometer and the AL Central

Since there was a desire for more than just the AL East…. (FYI, I’m aware that some of the players in Rankometer have been traded to other teams. For now just let’s view this as a recap of the first half of the season).

Visual Baseball:  Rankometer and the AL East

Happy Friday. Here’s a look at the AL East, courtesy of Rankometer. I decided to display all 5 of the teams in the division on one page to make comparisons easier. (To zoom in on a particular team’s Rankometer, just click on it and it will zoom in.) When I look at the AL East […]

Visual Baseball:  Introducing PayScale

Happy Friday everyone. After a long week and a hard-earned paycheck, let’s take a look at who’s earning their paychecks in MLB. PayScale plots prorated salary (Y axis) against WAR (X axis) and uses a rough baseline of $4.5M per win as “fair compensation.” Players which a higher $/win are classified as overpaid, while players […]

Visual Baseball:  Introducing Season TripTik

Happy Friday. This is a bit of a departure from my usual stuff, but for a while I’ve been wanting to find a better way to visualize a team’s season schedule. A ways back I had a conversation with a casual fan who didn’t realize that a baseball season is organized into a series of […]

Visual Baseball:  AJ Burnett’s Downward slide

Happy Friday! Here’s a look at AJ Burnett’s season, courtesy of Pitch Code. To those who aren’t familiar with PitchCode, the lines represent walks or hits, with line thickness indicating power (ie. walks and singles are the thinnest, homeruns are the thickest). Extra base hits seem to be a big part of his demise…

Visual Baseball:  Who’s got the Tools?

Here’s a piping-hot serving of 5 Tool Analyzer, fresh out of the oven and ready for your consumption. I’m hoping to do installments like this throughout the season – in this installment you’ll see 6 very different players with very different skill sets.

Visual Baseball: Are the Rays Starters All That?

It seems like everyone is talking about how great the Ray’s starting rotation is. But when I dig deeper, it looks like many of their starters have had a fair amount of luck thus far. Using Pitchometer to look at rotations based on FIP, the Rays rotation doesn’t look as “awesome” as is widely publicized. […]

Visual Baseball:  Next up – PitchCode

As a follow-up to the introduction of BatCode, here’s its estranged twin PitchCode. In this post I’ll share two ways to use PitchCode for John Lester’s 2009 season. The first works just like BatCode – showing the results of each at-bat (against Lester) with a line representing a walk or hit and line thickness representing […]

Giants-Cards SmackDown, Courtesy of Rankometer

As a San Francisco resident, I’ve seen the Giants up close and agree their rotation rocks. But is it the NL’s best? What about the Cardinals rotation? Let’s ask Rankometer. It ranks each team’s starters 1-5, based on FIP. After looking at these, I think I might go with the Cards rotation for its depth […]

Visual Baseball:  Introducing the BatCode

Happy Friday. Here’s an experiment that I’d love some feedback on. I’m using the barcode metaphor to visualize a hitter’s performance for each at-bat. Line thickness represents the type of hit (thinnest for walks and singles, thickest for homeruns) with each at-bat separated by a space. Big white areas represent long stretches of outs. Lots […]

Visual Baseball:  Introducing the Score Tracker

Hi there. Here’s my latest attempt to take something we’re all very used to seeing – scores – and communicate them in a different way. The concept is pretty simple: Red means your team won. Blue means your team lost. The size of the circles indicate how many runs were scored. And the amount of […]

Visual Baseball:  Ranking the AL EAST Starting Rotations

Hi there. I’ve been experimenting with ways to visualize starting rotations using the Rankometer format. Here are two approaches I’m playing with: APPROACH #1 ranks starters by ERA and puts these rankings into 5 tiers (each tier consisting of 14 pitchers). The first tier consists of the 14 best starters in the AL, and a […]

Visual Baseball:  Paintomatic for relievers

As a follow-on to last week’s Paintomatics for starting pitchers, here’s a sampling of relievers. Hopefully we’ll find a way to make Paintomatics available during the 2010 season. Thanks everyone for the great comments and suggestions you sent, by the way. YOU KNOW WHAT I’M GOING TO THROW AND YOU STILL CAN’T HIT IT YOU […]

Visual Baseball:  Introducing the Paintomatic

Here’s an attempt at visualizing a pitcher’s arsenal (what they throw, how often they throw it, and how well they throw it.) How well they “paint” so to speak. For each pitcher you’ll see a visual expression of the pitches they throw, with size representing how often they throw it and color indicating the quality […]

Introducing the 5 Tool Analyzer

I’ve always been intrigued with the concept of the “5 tool player” and have been experimenting with ways to visualize what such a player looks like. The 5 Tool Analyzer maps a player’s skill (relative to his peers) across 5 offensive and defensive measures. The resulting map reveals a few things at a glance. First, […]

Good Riddance to Randy Johnson!

Randy Johnson’s retirement prompted me to create this word cloud. It shows all his strikeout victims over the years, with larger fonts indicating higher strikeout totals. While Ricky Henderson leads the way with 30 K’s, Dean Palmer’s 25 strikeouts are more atrocious considering he had 42 at bats against Johnson. Sort of fun to scan […]

Josh Beckett’s Colorful 2009 Season

Hi there. Here’s a visual portrait (both figuratively and literally) of Josh Beckett’s 2009 season. Sort of a blend of pop art and the baseball box score. Some notes (for those curious): First, I’m using red to indicate a quality start (min 6 IP, 3 ER or less). Sometimes I wonder about the notion of […]