Diamond Data Dive

Sometimes throwing hard isn't all that great

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Aroldis Chapman has thrown the majority of all triple digit fastballs thrown in the big leagues this year. How have baseball's other flamethrowers fared?

Does RP velocity matter?

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How much does velocity matter for relief pitchers? Maybe less than you think when it comes to performance. Managers however seem to give pitchers with greater velocity more leeway when it comes to...

Citi Field's longest home run in HitTracker era

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"A night like that, anything can happen. And it did" - Edwin Rodriguez

Billy Hamilton: The need for speed

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As a speed guy, how often does Billy Hamilton use his speed tools? More often than you think.

Jake McGee, predictable and dominant

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There are no gimmicks with Jake McGee. Hitters know what's coming but McGee beats them anyway.

Chase Field's longest home run in HitTracker era

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"The ones you remember are because they're titanic blasts" - Mike Fetters

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Three who have drastically improved their wOBA

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Dustin Ackley, along with Adam Eaton and Denard Span, have completely turned it around at the plate during the second half of the season. Let's take a closer look at their improvement.

Gausman halts development, helps O's win now

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Kevin Gausman was rushed to the big leagues, but even though he is not a finished product, he is still able to make a positive impact on the Orioles' chances in 2014.

Where does Adam Dunn rank among pitching DHs?

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Three DHs have taken the mound for their teams, meaning that we must look at where Adam Dunn falls in the record books. Was he the best pitching DH? The worst? Only an analytical comparison can...

The Yankees infielders can't hit

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The Yankees knew they had some holes in the infield going into this season. Just how bad has it been for the Bronx Bombers?

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Finding Evan Longoria

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Evan Longoria is having a fine season, but he's not having an "Evan Longoria Season." What's causing his mild slump this year?

The rise of the empty bullpen

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The Cubs needed nine pitchers (including an inning from their backup catcher) to beat the Rockies Tuesday night. How rare are those games?

Busch Stadium's longest home run in HitTracker era

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"I think the ball will probably be landing sometime shortly" - Randy Johnson

Tempering wild card expectations

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As the trade deadline approaches, people want to know if their teams are buyers or sellers. Chances are it's already pretty obvious.

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The Jose Abreu experience

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Putting Jose Abreu's start in historical context

Innings per pickoff career leaders

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Pickoffs are an oft-overlooked pitcher skill. Who's shown the best ability to catch runners napping on a consistent basis?

Approaching Pujols

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We've already established that Albert Pujols has seen the cut fastball more often over the last four years, but are teams intentionally approaching him that way, or is it simply a result of the...

The lifespan of an ace

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We spend a lot of time arguing about which pitchers are aces and if any of them are worth investing in long term, but how long do their reigns typically last?

Does location of the pitch affect BABIP?

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Is there a relationship between the zone where the pitch is thrown and the resulting BABIP?

AT&T Park's longest home run in HitTracker era

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"When you hit it that far, everybody should still be mesmerized by it. That was a home run derby type homer." - Jimmy Rollins

The Weekly Walk, Volume 4

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Every day, week, month, and year in baseball, we can see something happen that doesn't happen often (or, in some cases, ever). I'm here to chronicle as many of these oddities as I can.

Should the OBP formula include errors?

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The current OBP formula doesn't give batters credit for reaching base on error. How does adding ROE affect how we use OBP?

The wildest pitchers in 2014

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Who has the most wild pitches in 2014? The answer may surprise you.

Updating the Intentional Walk Rage Scale (IWRS)

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The Intentional Walk Rage Scale (IWRS) leaderboard is updated with all of the intentional walks from the first half of the 2014 season.

Clayton Kershaw's Scoreless Inning Streak

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Putting Clayton Kershaw's scoreless innings streak in perspective among his peers.

Albert Pujols and the cut fastball

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Has the cutter been one of the bigger reasons for Pujols' struggle over the last four seasons?

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