Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Failing to Predict Walk Rates by Blake Murphy - Beyond the Box Score
No doubt that we have already seen in the first month that the Three True Outcome stats are up across baseball.Blake has devoted much of his recent research on predicting these stats, today looking at walk rates.
Not You Again! What Pitchers Throw Different Times Through the Order by Jon Roegele - Beyond the Box Score
Starting pitchers often face the same hitters two, three, or even four times in the same game. Do they attack hitters differently each time through the lineup? Do they save pitches for later in the game? Jon does a good job of answering these questions and identifying some interesting usage patterns.
Around the Sabersphere
Should I Worry About My Favorite Pitcher? by Russell Carelton - Baseball Prospectus
Updating his previous work Russell gives us the benchmark numbers for pitching statistics to stabilize and become reliable.
Q&A: Glen Perkins, A Twin, His FIP, and Math by David Laurila - Fangraphs
Diamondbacks' starter Brandon McCarthy has apparently made an impact on some other pitchers, Glen Perkins being among them. Glen understands how important his FIP and other metrics are, and in this interview he talks to David about the importance of each measure to him.
Winning, TWTW, and the purpose of baseball by Matt Hunter - The Hardball Times
Hawk Harrelson's phrase "The Will to Win" has really gained some notarity over the past two weeks. Matt looks at what it really means.
Around SB Nation
Vernon Wells, Yankees Third Baseman by Marc Normandin - SB Nation MLB
Marc gives us visual evidence that Vernon Wells continues to do everything for the New York Yankees.
Why bad umpiring matters by Mike Bates - SB Nation MLB
After the Angel Hernandez debacle, Mike tells hows bad umpiring leads to more bad umpiring.
Five lost scouting reports by Grant Brisbee - Baseball Nation
With the Hall of Fame's new (awesome) exhibit on scouting, you may have seen some old scouting reports surfacing around the web. Grant brings us five of the more humorous ones on current ball players. Best line? "Runs like a rotary telephone thrown into a clothes dryer."
Outside the Sabersphere
Exiled in Smallville by Andy Greenwald - Grantland
Superhero movies have set numerous box office records, so why hasn't the success translated to television series?