Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Changing Philosophy, Part One: An Introduction to Well-Hit Balls | Beyond the Box Score
Sensing a bit of complacency in the effort to understand the offensive side of the game, Ken Woolums suggested that we should examine well-hit balls more closely.
Now Batting (2nd) for the Yankees, Number 24, Robinson Cano by Ryan Potter | Beyond the Box Score
Traditionally managers avoid batting their best hitter second in the lineup or batting two left-handed hitters consecutively, but injuries have forced Yankees manager Joe Girardi to do both early this season. I looked at the discussion of lineup optimization and the possible costs and/or benefits of batting two left-handed hitters at the top of the order.
Three True Outcomes Throughout History by Blake Murphy | Beyond the Box Score
Blake Murphy took a look at which teams throughout baseball history have had the highest rates of PA that resulted in one of the "Three True Outcomes".
Around the Sabersphere
A new report proves that we can't always trust the data by Jack Moore | SportsonEarth.com : Jack Moore Article
It recently was revealed that a widely cited economic report was found to contain numerous errors in its data as a result of mistakes in its Excel calculations. Jack Moore at Sports On Earth explains why we should always be cautious in how we interpret data.
How Josh Outman Really Wants to Throw a Baseball by Kyle Boddy | The Hardball Times
Other than having 80 grade last name for a pitcher, there really hasn't been a reason to be interested in Colorado Rockies' pitcher Josh Outman. Kyle Boddy at The Hardball Times revealed the unusual way Outman was taught to throw a baseball by his father, the developer of the Outman Methodology.
The Most Powerless Modern .400 Seasons by Matt Klaassen | FanGraphs
Matt Klaassen at FanGraphs took a look at players who took the road less travelled on their way to achieving a .400 wOBA season.
The Lineup Card: 8 Favorite One-Tool Players | Baseball Prospectus
The Baseball Prospectus staff took a moment to acknowledge their favorite "one-tool wonders".
Around SB Nation
Rays Hitters Compared To Their Projections by Michael Valancius | DRaysBay
Michael Valancius at DRaysBay took a look at how Rays hitters performed in comparison to their ZiPS projections over the past five seasons.
Ubaldo Jimenez, the Red Sox, and the 2011 Trade Deadline by Marc Normandin | Over the Monster
As the 2011 trade deadline approached, injuries nearly caused the Red Sox to trade for Ubaldo Jimenez. Marc Normandin at Over the Monster explained why fans in Boston should be grateful that the Red Sox decided against acquiring Jimenez.
DUIs should be a bigger issue for MLB than steroids | Pinstriped Bible
Brewers' ace Yovani Gallardo was cited for DUI earlier this week. Jason Cohen at Pinstriped Bible makes the case that DUIs should be a far more important issue for MLB than steroids.
Outside the Sabersphere
Ghostface Killah's New Album Twelve Reasons to Die Dropped on Tuesday
Legendary MC Ghostface Killah of the Wu-Tang Clan released his new album "Twelve Reasons to Die" on Tuesday. I just finished my first run through the album and really enjoyed it. Below you'll find the video for the album's first single, Rise of the Ghostface. (NSFW, obviously)