Return of the WPA Inquirer

We used to have this really cool thing on the old Hardball Times website.  It was called the WPA Inquirer and it allowed you to look up the Win Expectancy and Leverage Index of any situation, compare it to another and then calculate the difference between the two.  We call that last thing Win Probability […]

Leverage Index by inning

Here’s a little something you may not have known: on average, games get less critical as the game progresses. In other words, on average for all games, the ninth inning is actually less critical and tense than the first when measured correctly. To illustrate the point, here is a table of the average Leverage Index […]

Let’s discuss the THT Annual

This is the place to leave your questions, comments and complaints about the THT Annual. We’ll try to answer all questions as quickly as possible though we just might ignore your complaints. You can read about the Annual, including an abbreviated table of contents, in this post. You can purchase the Annual at Amazon as […]

It’s The Hardball Times Annual 2014

The 10th Hardball Times Annual is now available at your local online bookstore. I know it’s hard to believe, but we’ve done this thing 10 times now. I’m proud to say that I think this one is the equal of any of the others. Like most of the other Annuals, this one includes a recap […]

Earn money watching baseball

No, this is not a spam email. We’ve been asked by Major League Baseball to post the following:, the official web site of Major League Baseball, is seeking stats stringers to cover these clubs in 2014 and beyond:{exp:list_maker}Anaheim/Los Angeles Chicago (both teams) Cleveland Colorado Detroit Miami Oakland/San Francisco Texas {/exp:list_maker}Stats stringers are responsible for […]

More about first-inning pitch counts

Baseball data buddy James Gentile did a little more research about first-inning pitch counts, and helped uncover a pretty interesting fact. When teams are tied at the end of the first inning, the team that threw 10 or more additional pitches in the first inning wound up winning the game only 48 percent of the […]

First inning pitch count

Apropos of nothing, you might be interested in a little baseball data. A reader at Bill James Online recently asked how often the team that throws fewer pitches in the first inning wins the game. Our own James Gentile did the research for all games between 2002 and 2012 and found that… {exp:list_maker}When teams threw […]

The National League Graph, 2013

Yesterday, I published the American League version of a Team Runs graph—so today is National League Graph day. Every graph deserves its own day, right? Anyway, to mostly repeat what I said yesterday, here is a simple runs scored/allowed graph for the National League this year, through Sunday’s games. Runs scored are on the X […]

The American League Graph, 2013

I’ve been creating these graphs for about 20 years or so. For a while, I mostly created them for myself, because I’m kind of a visual person. When the Internet came along, I posted them on a website of my own ( and then I moved them here to the Hardball Times nearly ten years […]