Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Adjusting expted wins for quality of opponent by Stephen Loftus - Beyond the Box Score
Following up on his most recent column on adjusting offensive numbers for the quality of pitching, Stephen moves to using quality of opponents for expected wins.
- Appreciating the greatness of Clayton Kershaw by Alex Kienholz - Beyond the Box Score I thought I knew how good Clayton Kershaw is, but after reading Alex's piece I feel I might have underrated him. We could be watching one of the all time greats if he can continue to produce at this level.
Mike Trout and the "Super" Cycle by Blake Murphy - Beyond the Box Score
Another day, another record for Mike Trout. Trout became the youngest player to ever hit for the cycle, and he added a stolen base for good measure. Blake does some digging to find out how rare that feat is, and to find about more regarding the history of cycles.
What if Mariano Rivera did start? by Andrew Ball - Beyond the Box Score
The #StartMo movement made me curious as to what would happen if the Yankees decided to use thier great closer as a starter.
Around the Sabersphere
Another Sort-Of First for Bryce Harper by Jeff Sullivan - Fangraphs
Not to be outdone by Mike Trout, Bryce Harper turned a ground ball between the second and first baseman into a double. Jeff wonders just how often that happens.
Pebble Hunting: How Pitcher Age at the Plate by Sam Miller - Baseball Prospectus
Looking for the all important peak ages for pitchers as hitters.
Visualization: Handedness through history by Dan Lependorf - The Hardball Times
We all look at platoon splits, but I know I personally have never considered the number of left and right-handed batters in the league before. Dan does a good job of showing us the progression over the years.
Around SB Nation
J.P. Arencibia has 2 walks and 55 strikeouts by Grant Brisbee - Baseball Nation
Grant points out a slightly alarming trend in Arencibia's season. Still, there are some positives including his pace of 37 home runs, 6 walks, and 189 strikeouts.
Koji Uehara attacks Shane Victorino with violent high five by Marc Normandin - Over the Monster
If you're a Sox fan I'm sure you'll love the fire and passion from Uehara in this GIF. If you're a Shane Victorino fan, you may be mildly concerned for his future safety.
MLB 2013 Draft: Key Hitters To Know by John Sickles SB Nation Baseball
With the draft rapidly approaching, John gives us a preview of the best hitters available for selection this year.
Outside the Sabersphere
- The secret messages in YOUR video games.