Research

The importance (or lack thereof) of stolen bases

How often do stolen bases directly lead to a run being scored? The answer might surprise you.

Does speed force errors or just bad cliches?

It's a well-known baseball saying that speed puts pressure on a defense. Is there any truth to this cliche or is it meritless?

BB% and GB% standard deviations and performance

Controlling for the other variable, which is more important for performance? Walks or ground balls?

Do Voters Value Wins Less At Award Time?

For the past few years, the sabermetric community has been pointing out the deficiencies of the pitching win. Have those arguments fallen on deaf ears around awards time, or have voters been valuing the win less?

Hitting in deep counts

How does hitting performance change by the number of pitches seen? The answer may surprise you.

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.

Splitting the difference: effects of left-right sp

Trouble getting opposite hand hitters out can sometimes make or break a closer, or even relegate one to a career of setup duty. Does the lack of a platoon split make a good closer great?

How does the WBC affect MLB players' performance?

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

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?

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?

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