May 24, 2013
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About Dave StudemanDave Studeman and Pete Simpson are the creators of the Baseball Graphs website, and Dave is currently the manager of the Hardball Times. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and other fancy journals, and mentioned in several books, such as Fantasyland. His work has even been translated into Taiwanese, a language in which he actually makes some sense.
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If in doubt, take Panexa!
Dave looks at a favorite pitching stat, and also has some tragic news from the world of APBA.
Last year was the year of the free agent starter. How's this year going?
Now on its way to a bookstore or mailbox near you.
Who gave up the most and least expected home runs in 2005, and what does it mean for 2006?
Bart (looking at Homer's homemade baseball bat): Wow! How many home runs you gonna hit with that?
Homer: Let's see. We play 30 games. Ten at-bats a game. Mmm ... 3,000.
Looking at the latest deals
A look at who's gotten the most out of their plate appearances over the last four years.
A look at what major league players were paid last year, and what that means for this year's free agent market.
A quick look at the WPA leaders of the White Sox-Astros World Series
Celebrating the first baseball championship in the Windy City since the United States entered World War I.
Dave takes a Win Probability view of a very dramatic inning.
The Sox of White put it to the Sox of Red, thanks to some severe long-ball hitting. Not small ball, long ball.
Is Momentum more important than being Good?
The universe is beige. Why am I not surprised?
Barry, Bobby and the Jake.
The next time you're on Let's Make A Deal, switch to the other door.
I wasn't going to write today's article, but that would be esquivalience.
Our recommended reading list for today includes Emily Dickinson on Zoloft, Klingon fairy tales, and this column.
They should move first base back one step to eliminate all those close plays.
It's August, but two players have already set a record for most Win Shares at their age. Can you guess who they are?
Winfield goes back to the wall. He hits his head on the wall—and it rolls off! It's rolling all the way back to second base! This is a terrible thing for the Padres.
—Newest Ford Frick Award Winner Jerry Coleman
Trying to capture the essence of this year's divisional races, Dave considers movies, landscapes, symphonies and history. And sort of comes close.
Visitor: Argument is an intellectual process. Contradiction is just the automatic gainsaying of any statement the other person makes.
Man: No it isn't.
-- Monty Python
Although some don't believe in clutch hitters, that doesn't mean we should ignore clutch hitting. Does it?
After watching the All-Star game in all of its online glory, Dave reminisces about the mundane ways baseball has been watched in the past.
An in-depth look at Win Share totals as of the All-Star break.
Senator Kefauver: Mr. Stengel, I am not sure that I made my question clear.
Mr. Stengel: Yes, sir. Well, that is all right. I am not sure I am going to answer yours perfectly, either.
- Before Congress in July, 1958.
We're halfway through the baseball season, a good time to take stock of the league's leaders. But let's include the second half of last year too. Just for yucks.
All about the nail-biters.
Dave returns to a subject from his last "Ten Things" column and hopefully does a better job of explaining himself this time.
Jane Spencer: I've heard police work is dangerous.
Frank: It is. That's why I carry a big gun.
Jane Spencer: Aren't you afraid it might go off accidentally?
Frank: I used to have that problem.
Jane Spencer: What did you do about it?
Frank: I just think about baseball.
- From The Naked Gun
The Indians' 3-2 victory over the Diamondbacks on Sunday provides plenty of excuses for Studes to talk about Win Probability, interleague play and the majors' most fascinating division.
It is better to keep your mouth shut and appear stupid than to open it and remove all doubt.
A column in which Studes ignores Mark Twain's advice.
Checking out the surprising leader of the NL East vs. the surprising disappointment of the AL West.
A continuing look at THT's special stats leaderboards—this time from the batting perspective.
Who are the league leaders in stuff only The Hardball Times tracks?
Not 10 graphs, some graphs.
You want the truth, you can't handle the truth!
-- Homer Simpson
It's a little early in the season to be discussing Win Shares, but here are some of the Win Share figures that merit discussion.
Including our first take on 2005 Win Shares. Plus ... Sparklines!
Last Friday, the second and third place teams in the NL Central played a good one.
I can't compete with Count Dracula's blog, but he could never play day baseball anyway.
A closer look at some of the 2005 individual baseball stats now available on the Hardball Times.
Consider this a pseudo-review of Michael Schell's Baseball's All-Time Best Sluggers.
A look at the lineups across the major leagues
The Hardball Times' 2005 Graphs are up. Here's the background.
We're going to have the best-educated American people in the world.
-- Dan Quayle.
A review of last Friday's 5-4 Devil Ray victory.
You teach me baseball and I'll teach you relativity...No we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball.
Last Saturday, the A's beat the Angels in a 1-0 pitching duel between Rich Harden and Jerrod Washburn. Studes took notes.
Baseball is in full swing. Ain't it grand?
The Rangers beat the Mariners in a wild 7-6 game last Saturday.
And my insights are extra special insightful, thanks to new GoogleGulp.
Studes uses Win Probability Added to review the ins and outs of a game. Today's featured game: the Reds' dramatic 7-6 comeback against the Mets.
Up the learning curve!
Studes uses Win Shares to rank the biggest deals in baseball history.
Just wondering, is all.
Ten things that pushed ten other things out of my brain this week.
A quick look back at last season's stats, to see who's most likely to improve this year.
Introducing a new regular feature at the Hardball Times.
With the offseason contract binge behind us, a look back at the money that ran over.
Announcing The Hardball Times Bullpen Book -- a different look at a controversial subject.
Do managers use their closers effectively? Here's a look, based on some insight contained in The Hardball Times Bullpen Book.
On August 12, 1987, Doyle Alexander was traded for minor leaguer John Smoltz. Fans of both teams have said they're pretty happy with this trade. Should they be?
Thanks to some observant readers, we found an error in our Win Shares Trading Balance Sheet, and we have re-calculated the results. Surprisingly, there are new teams at the top and bottom of the charts; can you guess who they are?
By using Win Shares to evaluate every trade in baseball history, we've determined which teams have the best and worst trading records of the expansion era. This is just the first in a series of articles covering MLB's past trades.
A look at the history and trends of salary arbitration, including one really important thing to remember.
Roger Clemens is getting $18 million? Win Shares, salaries and the big bucks thrown at the top players.
The best reliever in the major leagues last year wasn't high on the list of Save or Hold leaders. Can you guess who he was?
In the second of a series on relief pitching, Studes takes a unique look at team bullpens -- including THT's official team bullpen rankings.
As of late Sunday night it still wasn't official, but it was supposedly just about done. Dave is so excited, he can't type straight.