Previously on Beyond the Box Score
When Can We Start To Believe? by Charlie Adams | Beyond the Box Score
Ordinarily, I try to curb my enthusiasm regarding the performance of players in April, but sometimes I badly want to believe! Fortunately, Charlie Adams may have found a way to determine if a player's early season numbers are worth buying into.
Giancarlo Stanton's Slow Start by Ryan Potter | Beyond the Box Score
Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton has struggled early this season amidst swirling trade rumors. I searched for the cause of his struggles and discussed how a poor season might affect his trade value.
Do Teams That See More Pitches Win More Often and Perform Better Overall? by Lance Rinker | Beyond the Box Score
Lance Rinker explores the relationship between P/PA and team success.
Predicting Full Season Production for April's Biggest Stars by Max Weinstein | Beyond the Box Score
Using a method referred to as "bootstrapping", Max Weinstein simulates the seasons of six of April's breakout players to project their full season WAR totals.
Around the SaberSphere
Raising Aces: Now Pitching, Bryce Harper by Doug Thorburn | Baseball Prospectus
After stumbling across video of Washington Nationals star Bryce Harper pitching in junior college, Doug Thorburn of Baseball Prospectus was inspired to evaluate the pitching mechanics of position players who have taken to the mound.
Currently Historic: A New Strikeout King? by Jason Linden | The Hardball Times
Jason Linden of The Hardball Times updated us on players who are approaching career milestones, including the (unfortunately) record-setting pace at which Chicago White Sox 1B/DH Adam Dunn has been striking out this season.
Chase Headley on Switch Hitting for Power in San Diego by Eno Sarris | FanGraphs Baseball
Eno Sarris of FanGraphs spoke with San Diego Padres 3B Chase Headley about the adjustments he has made to become a more successful hitter in pitcher-friendly PetCo Park.
Dylan Bundy and the Devil (In the Details/Date With the) by Drew Fairservice | Getting Blanked
Anyone who has seen Baltimore Orioles pitching prospect Dylan Bundy pitch will tell you that he has all the tools to become an extremely good MLB pitcher. Drew Fairservice of Getting Blanked discussed Bundy's recent elbow problems, which reportedly may require Tommy John surgery.
Around SB Nation
Royals Starting Pitchers By the Numbers by Craig Brown | Royals Review
The Kansas City Royals have surprised many early this season, sitting atop the AL Central as we near the end of April. Craig Brown of Royals Review examined the numbers and broke down the Royals starting rotation.
Can the White Sox count on Conor Gillaspie? by Jim Margalus | South Side Sox
As a student at the University of Kentucky every time I see or hear a name that sounds even remotely like "Billy Gillispie", I cringe involuntarily. Jim Margalus of South Side Sox analyzed White Sox 3B Conor Gillaspie in an attempt to determine if he can continue producing at the surprising level he has so far this season and avoid becoming the baseball equivalent of Billy Clyde.
Matt Moore Observations by Michael Valancius | DRaysBay
It seems like I find myself linking to Michael Valancius' work every time I put together SaberSphere. Michael does excellent work over at DRaysBay and if you haven't been going out of your way to read it you definitely should start doing so. My digression aside, Michael discussed Rays southpaw Matt Moore and expounded upon some numbers that might surprise you.
Outside the SaberSphere
Probably Science | Episode 65 with The Sklar Brothers!
Earlier this week I happened to stumble across Probably Science, a podcast hosted by comedians Matt Kirshen, Andy Wood and Brooks Wheelan. The episodes that I've heard so far have been both informative and entertaining. Recently, the Sklar Brothers stopped in to discuss asteroids and antimatter, among other things.
- This classic was playing as I was finishing everything up. Enjoy. (Probably NSFW)