Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Can Halladay Rebound in 2013? A Case Study Using Dan Haren, PITCHf/x, and FIP by Dan Rozenson | Beyond the Box Score
2012 was one of the worst seasons in the otherwise brilliant career of Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay. Halladay, who turns 36 this season, missed nearly two months due to injury and posted his worst ERA (4.49) in a decade. Dan Rozenson used PITCHf/x and advanced pitching stats in an attempt to pin down the cause of Roy Halladay's decline in effectiveness.
Did the Market Fail Kyle Lohse? by Ryan Potter | Beyond the Box Score
It took almost the entire off-season, but Kyle Lohse finally found a team. Lohse, 34, signed a three-year deal with the Milwaukee Brewers worth $33 million. I compared Lohse to starting pitchers of a similar age in the 2012-2013 free agent class in an attempt determine if he signed for less than his market value.
BTB Podcast 46 - MLB Season Preview / Two Broke Guys | Beyond the Box Score
Matt Hunter and Spencer Schneier joined host Blake Murphy to discuss the best story lines heading in the 2013 season and make some bold predictions about how the season will unfold.
2013 Team Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers by Max Weinstein | Beyond the Box Score
In preparation for Opening Day, Beyond the Box Score has been rolling out previews for all 30 MLB Teams with a saber-slanted twist. Max Weinstein provided some insight on what fans in Los Angeles can expect to see from the Dodgers in 2013 and shared a bold prediction regarding legendary broadcaster Vin Scully.
2013 Team Preview: Cincinnati Reds by Ryan Potter | Beyond the Box Score
I trained my focus on the Cincinnati Reds to explain why Reds fans have plenty of reasons to be optimistic about what lies ahead in 2013. Also included: A bold prediction on just how good I believe a healthy Joey Votto is capable of being this season.
Around the Sabersphere
R.A. Dickey and Facing the Enemy by Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphs Baseball
R.A. Dickey was a knuckleball wielding assassin for the Mets in 2012. At the height of his dominance a rumor began to circulate that he was actually Ra, the Egyptian sun god, using his knuckleball to drag the morning sun into the sky. Despite this, Dickey managed to find trouble in the most unlikely place in the lineup. Jeff Sullivan at FanGraphs examined Dickey's struggles against opposing pitchers.
Exit Sandman by Shane Tourtellotte | The Hardball Times
Shane Tourtellotte of The Hardball Times provided 42 interesting facts to celebrate (or mourn) the final season of Yankees closer and future Hall of Famer Mariano Rivera.
BABIP Park Factors and the Batted Ball Connection by Steve Staude | FanGraphs Baseball
Noticing that the term IFFB% can be misleading, Steve Staude at FanGraphs created PU% and attempted to use batted ball data to explain differences in BABIP between ball parks.
The Lineup Card: 8 Spring Training Stats We Don't Put Much Stock In | Baseball Prospectus
The staff at Baseball Prospectus put together a list of eight spring training stats and elaborated in detail on their reasons for not buying into them.
Around SB Nation
Projecting the 2013 Rays by Michael Valancius | DRaysBay
Michael Valancius at DRaysBay used the various projections systems to provide an outlook on how the Rays will perform this season.
Chad Gaudin Wins Last Bullpen Spot by Grant Brisbee | McCovey Chronicles
Grant Brisbee at McCovey Chronicles used Baseball Prospectus' Bullpen (Mis)management Tool to break down the Giants bullpen situation as they prepare to begin the 2013 season.
2013 Fantasy Players to Target: By Position by Ray Guilfoyle | Fake Teams
Opening Day is around the corner which means many of your fantasy leagues will be drafting this weekend. The guys over at Fake Teams put together lists of players to target at each position. Ray Guilfoyle has conveniently assembled those lists in one place for you to lean on as you prepare for your fantasy draft.
Outside the Sabersphere
You Made It Weird #137: Jon Hamm | Nerdist
You Made It Weird is a bi-weekly podcast hosted by stand up comedian and soon to be late night show host Pete Holmes. More of a free flowing conversation than an interview, Holmes' discussions with comedians and actors span a wide variety of topics are often just as fascinating as they are hilarious. In Wednesday's episode Pete sat down for a chat with American treasure Jon Hamm (Mad Men, Friends With Kids, The Town).