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Best team in baseball: the team after the Red Sox

In 2013, Red Sox hitters saw 25,667 pitches, more than 2,000 over league average. High OBP and P/PA helped them win games, but the cumulative effect of wearing down pitching staffs helped subsequent teams more.

Best team in baseball: the team after the Red Sox

In 2013, Red Sox hitters saw 25,667 pitches, more than 2,000 over league average. High OBP and P/PA helped them win games, but the cumulative effect of wearing down pitching staffs helped subsequent teams more.

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How does the WBC affect MLB players' performance?

If your favorite player underperformed last year, don't blame it on the World Baseball Classic.

How does the WBC affect MLB players' performance?

If your favorite player underperformed last year, don't blame it on the World Baseball Classic.

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Could the Orioles benefit from more grounders?

The Orioles' pitchers seem to like fly balls despite their disadvantages. Could a switch to a more grounder-centric strategy benefit the team?

Could the Orioles benefit from more grounders?

The Orioles' pitchers seem to like fly balls despite their disadvantages. Could a switch to a more grounder-centric strategy benefit the team?

MLB Attendance, 1950-2013

See how attendance has changed over the past 60 years or so. Is the current trend of growing attendance the real deal or a mirage?

Maicer Izturis and bouncing back from rock bottom

Having an off-year is not an uncommon phenomenon, but how do players respond after seasons where they are the worst player in the league?

Biggest differences between FIP- and ERA-

Often a pitcher's FIP- and ERA- will be similar, but not always. How many seasons show significant differences between the two?

The Edinson Volquez project

Edinson Volquez was really good in 2008. Since then he's been really bad. The Pirates resuscitated the careers of A.J. Burnett and Francisco Liriano the last two seasons. Can Pittsburgh pull off another reclamation project with Volquez?

Should you build your team with money or talent?

Do high payrolls really lead to winning more games? Do strong farm systems build consistent winners? Take a look at some multi-year trends in baseball and decide how you would build your ideal team!.

Finding WAR without power

There aren't many position players who are able to post high WAR totals without hitting a lot of home runs, but this special group is the exception to the rule.

Mike Trout: Four tool player?

Mike Trout has been widely praised for his all-around game, but there is one thing missing.

Koji Uehara's second-half dominance

From July through the end of October, Red Sox closer Koji Uehara dazzled the American League, compiling a 0.58 FIP and a 0.313 WHIP. What changes did Uehara make over the course of 2013 that explain his otherworldly success?

Detroit's other great pitcher and his best pitch

Anibal Sanchez was terrific last season, success that was partially built on his changeup usage. The pitch, something that Sanchez has seen improve over the past few years, gives him a tremendous tool with which to fool hitters.

Determining the most well-rounded player seasons

In baseball, well-rounded five-tool player production is highly coveted. Which players have produced baseball's most statistically well-rounded seasons?

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MLB Salary Trends

Clayton Kershaw will be paid $30+ million a year--is there a limit to baseball salaries?

Are innings limits outdated?

Pitcher and team's well-being are at stake with the use of innings limits to determine a pitcher's workload.

How has sabermetrics changed baseball?

Sabermetrics and objective analysis have given many a better understanding of the game of baseball. Does a deeper understanding make the game more enjoyable?

The Best Fourth Outfielders in Baseball

To be a good fourth outfielder, a player may need to be adequate offensively and to have the ability to play multiple positions. But the best fourth outfielders also have at least one of a few varieties of "special sauce" that makes them more useful.

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