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Please welcome former BTB'er Michael Jong to Fish Stripes, the Miami Marlins blog with an extremely...

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Please welcome former BTB'er Michael Jong to Fish Stripes, the Miami Marlins blog with an extremely bright future. Check it out and support them however possible. -jbopp

Not to mention the reality is that if you study it, as we have in The Book, the matchups are simply...

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Not to mention the reality is that if you study it, as we have in The Book, the matchups are simply not predictive. This is not a matter of opinion. It’s a matter of fact.

Small sample sizitis Don't miss this excellent read from Tango and the following comments.

"In honor of the worst cliche in sportswriting, we made a handy venn diagram." Mother Jones |...

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"In honor of the worst cliche in sportswriting, we made a handy venn diagram." Mother Jones | Tumblr

Pujols also came up in the seventh inning with a runner aboard, who was subsequently thrown out...

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Pujols also came up in the seventh inning with a runner aboard, who was subsequently thrown out trying to steal second base. The score was 2-2, there were two outs and nobody on base ... and still Washington ordered Pujols to be intentionally walked.

Intentional Walks: The Scourge Of Our National Game - Baseball Nation Make sure and check out the proposed 100-year-old idea to solve the IBB problem...

Freeman v Pena, via UZR

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"At 0.9 plays made per game, [Freeman's plays made per game are] behind only Carlos Pena for fewest in MLB. According to BIS data, he had 188 opportunities to make a play. That is one of the fewest opportunities to make a play. So, is Freeman not making plays because he has few opportunities, or he’s out of position? Or is he not that good?" As a prospect, Freeman was considered an above average defender. While purely anecdotal, that's enough to sway me that his low UZR can be attributed to a lack of opportunities. A few weeks ago, I wrote a piece about this topic entitled Opportunities: Another Flaw in Fielding Metrics? . This is an area that needs to be more closely looked at by serious data crunchers.

Lets take a look at all-time career pitching performances, as well as active pitchers still in the...

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Lets take a look at all-time career pitching performances, as well as active pitchers still in the league. Two of em are still pitching this postseason, Colby Lewis who pitched only 5.2 innings last nite with a 6.35 ERA, and Chris Carpenter, pitching tonight, and looking to follow up to his dominant series winning performance last Friday against the Phillies.going 5 innings giving up 3 runs. More on http;//FUNGraphs.tumblr.com

Top 50 Statistics Blogs of 2011

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"... In deciding which ones to include in our (admittedly unscientific) list of the 50 best statistics blogs we considered a range of factors, including visual appeal/aesthetics, frequency of posts, and accessibility to non-specialists. Our goal is to highlight blogs that students and prospective students will find useful and interesting in their exploration of the field." Top 50 Stats Blogs 2011 | thebestcolleges.org What an awesome honor! We love the recognition.

Please welcome Kevin Dame, Baseball Nation's Infographic Editor! He's already producing some really...

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Please welcome Kevin Dame, Baseball Nation's Infographic Editor! He's already producing some really neat stuff. Check them out here: Baseball Nation | Infographic of the Day

Deception: Three Layers Deep

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Check out my article on Peanuts and Cracker Stats about pitcher deception and how it relates to getting swinging strikes on sliders.

Over at Amazin' Avenue, I took a look at David Wright's performance on fastballs in 2011 vs. 2008...

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Over at Amazin' Avenue, I took a look at David Wright's performance on fastballs in 2011 vs. 2008 to see if there's any reason to believe we'll see more of the old Wright if healthy going forward.
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