It was a busy week at Beyond the Box Score. We are pleased to announce that J.D. Sussman will be joining us as our newest columnist. Everyone give J.D. a warm BtB welcome! Let's take a look at the work written by the great people we have here as baseball season is finally here:
- Exactly one week ago, Justin created a spray chart regarding Billy Butler and his odd lack of home-run power.
- Adam Darowski broke down the best eligible non-Hall of Fame pitchers, concluding that Jim McCormick has the best credentials.
- Bill Petti visualized players who make up for a large part of their team offense, and I bet you can guess who tops the list.
- I created the Beyond the Box Score Travel Guide.
- Being that the previous three posts occurred on Valentine's Day, Satchel asked the question: "Why Do You Love the Teams You Love?"
- That same day, Bill compared Pujols to A-Rod.
Peter previewed Beyond the Box Score's "Ball on a Budget," a fantasy league using sabermetrics. Still time to join!
- Tuesday, Bill showed that pricing for run creators is pretty volatile. Yes, Bill was very busy this week.
- So was Baseball America's Conor Glassey, but he was kind enough to sit down with me and talk about the draft, as well as other baseball topics.
- In light of the Cubs' new contract, Justin Bopp broke down the good and the bad regarding newly signed Carlos Marmol
- Speaking of the good and the bad, Satchel ranked the NL East rotations.
- Podcast Episode 5 came out this past Wednesday. Matt Klaassen and myself were joined by Rob Neyer, Ben Nicholson-Smith, as well as our very own Peter Hjort.
- Lucas Apostoleris discussed how swinging strikes are good for pitchers, but not necessarily bad for hitters.
- Following a discussion held by Fanhouse's Frankie Pilliere, Satchel talked a little bit about the farm system strategy of the Oakland A's.
- Justin Bopp graphed the unique home-road splits of Kelly Johnson, concluding that Chase Field helped him out a bunch. This is just me, but I find it hard for Johnson do come close to doing what he did last year.
- With another one of his amazing databank data dump's, Matt Klaassen tried to determine when 10 runs do not equal a win.
- New Toronto Blue Jay Scott Podsednik could have remained a Dodger had he not turned down his side of the Mutual Option. Peter broke that down.
- Bill and I tried to figure out what Jose Bautista's destiny is following a fantastic year at the plate. In my article, I compared him to Rich Aurilia, and Bill added on, using more details to help prove our points.
- J-Doug compared the players union and economic warfare, the differences with parts of the NFL and MLB.
- Ever think about the anatomy of a double play? Justin Bopp has your answer. His graph and diagram displays that exact subject.
- Following the Juan Miranda acquisition and the recent Russel Branyan signing, Satchel wondered why Brandon Allen wasn't trusted enough to be able to win the 1B job.
- Daniel talked about getting to first base the hard way.
- As Hunter Pence won his arbitration case yesterday, Bill Petti showed us that Hunter Pence fans might need to worry about declining his ISO. He is a very interesting player to say the least.
- With his amazing pitch f/x tools, garik16 showed the odd case of Derek Lowe.
- Justin Bopp broke down the hall of fame case for Gary Sheffield, concluding that his career, due to peaks, was very unique.
- And finally, I rounded up the NL Central current storylines.