Previously on Beyond the Box Score
OARA Leaders for 2012 by Stephen Loftus - Beyond the Box Score
We have come a long way in adjusting statistics based on league and park factors, but now Stephen wants to take it a step further and adjust for the quality of the opponent. In his first post of the series he introduced us to OARA (opponent adjusted runs average), and this time he's back to show us the leaders from last season.
Chris Davis' absurd season by Matt Hunter - Beyond the Box Score
It's safe to say Chris Davis has played well so far. Just how well has he played? Matt gives his performance so far into historical context.
Kelly Johnson's revival by Andrew Shen - Beyond the Box Score
Andrew Shen's (@AndrewShen_SF) debut piece at BtBS looks at Kelly Johnson becoming another example of players finding success in Tampa.
Do teams need to draft an ace? by Andrew Ball - Beyond the Box Score
I reacted to a piece at Crawfish Boxes that suggested the Astros need to slecte Mark Appel or Jonathan Gray because they need an ace. I'm sure that's the case, however.
Around the Sabersphere
It's time to take the Pirates seriously by Dave Cameron Fangraphs
Just as the article title suggests, Dave thinks we ought to begin believing that - the Pirate have a chance to make the playoffs and end the drought this year.
Bring back the hidden ball trick by Zachary Levine - Baseball Prospectus
The hidden ball trick remains one of the most exciting plays in baseball, yet managers are hesitant to use the lay. Zachary advocates that more teams try to use it in the future.
Around SB Nation
Maybe the Yankees really are in trouble by Rob Neyer - Baseball Nation
While the Yankees' record might seem okay, several factors could lead to that winning percentage dropping, and dropping quickly,/p>.
Adam Dunn: Another full year by Jim Margulus South Side Sox
Adam Dunn has been one of the most consistent performers in the Majors throughout his career aside for 2011. Jim wonders if he's headed down the same path.