Player Profiles

The curious hitting of Didi Gregorius

Didi Gregorius struggled against left-handed pitchers last year, but not as you would expect.

Looking into Yoenis Cespedes' offensive production

Yoenis Cespedes had a difficult year offensively in 2013, and is now tinkering with his swing. What changed for Cespedes between 2012 and 2013?

Is Cole Hamels the key to a Phillies re-build?

The Phillies have a valuable trade chip in Cole Hamels that they might need to consider using if the team continues to flounder. Ruben Amaro, Jr. has been reluctant to re-build in the past, but the time has likely come to look to the future in Philly

Cliff Lee, Hiroki Kuroda and Avoiding Walks

We often think of pitchers who have good control and limit walks as ones who throw tons of pitches inside the zone. But, as the contrast between Cliff Lee and Hiroki Kuroda shows, that isn't always the case.

Lucas Harrell's 2012 and standard deviations

Lucas Harrell's 2012 was rather good. Controlling for variables through standard deviations, how did he achieve that level of performance?

Searching for Starters: NL Central Edition

Trying to find players that could provide value in the right situation.

Defining effectively wild

As attempt to define the turn of phrase used to describe pitchers with fleeting command of the strike zone and see who fit the bill in 2013.

A "brief" history of star-crossed players, Part II

Many players have given us a fleeting glimpse of their future, only to dash our hopes upon the rocks of reality. Until now, though, there's never been a definitive database of all of them, throughout history.

Who was 2013's most average starting pitcher?

A quick analysis gives some insight into which starting pitcher was the closest to league average for 2013 based on strikeouts, walks, and home runs.

The Great Cingrani

Starters generally need at least two, and often three, good pitches to succeed in the major leagues. But Reds left-hander Tony Cingrani baffled MLB hitters with largely one pitch—a four-seam fastball—during his rookie campaign. Can he keep it up?

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