Wednesday's Saber-Links

Here's Wednesday's edition of Saber-Links:

Doug Wachter of Call to the Pen writes up this past weekend's Saber Seminar, an event that I was able to present at: My Weekend At Saber Seminar - Call to the Pen - A Major League Baseball Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Last weekend, I attended the second annual Saber Seminar at Boston University’s Metcalf Science Center. The Seminar, run by Chuck Korb and Dan Brooks, was a fantastic event, bringing together some of the highest-level baseball intelligence anyone outside a front office or clubhouse has ever seen in one room.

Dave Cameron of FanGraphs finds comparables for Yu Darvish: Yu Darvish’s Bad Command Comparables | FanGraphs Baseball

Bill Petti showed back in May, normal aging curves for starting pitchers don’t show a drastic improvement in command. Is it any different with high walk, high strikeout guys who simply need to learn to harness their stuff? Or, to put it another way, have other Darvish-like starting figured out how to throw strikes and take advantage of their velocity and movement?

Chris Lund of the Hardball Times posits a theory for what is wrong with Adam Lind: How do you fix Adam Lind?

Lind needs to try and find his form—literally—from his 2009 season when the arms generated the speed and his body provided the power. Obviously a re-dedication to training appears to be needed given much of the talk surrounding his work ethic, but less stress on injury-prone regions by engaging the hands would do a lot of good. He may never hit lefties, but he should hit something.

Sam Miller of Baseball Prospectus writes about Zach McAllister and unearned runs: Baseball Prospectus | Pebble Hunting: Zach McAllister's Secretly Not-So-Good Season

But then we poke around and find, hidden in McAllister’s basement, the deformed Olsen triplet of pitching statistics: unearned runs. Because of a fluke of baseball history, most pitchers get to ignore these blemishes. The analytical set quite reasonably refuses this logic, but for the most part the detente holds. Unearned runs are, mostly, not a big deal.

David Golebiewski of Baseball Analytics writes about Mike Fiers's slow but effective fastball: Mike Fiers' Freaky Fastball - Baseball Analytics Blog - MLB Baseball Analytics

Milwaukee Brewers rookie right-hander Mike Fiers hardly instills fear in the hearts of hitters with his velocity. Fiers' fastball averages just 88 MPH, which is a little more than 3 MPH slower than the average for a righty starting pitcher. The only starters who sting catchers' mitts less (minimum 500 fastballs thrown) are Barry Zito, Chris Young, Mark Buehrle, Tommy Milone, Paul Maholm, Jason Vargas, Colby Lewis and Jered Weaver.

Saber-Links will return tomorrow. I hope everyone enjoys tonight's Zack Greinke and Dan Straily pitching matchup in Oakland.

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