Research

Why aren't there more 20 K games?

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Building on original research by Neil Weinberg, this post attempts to put more data behind the question. Includes insight from Tom Tango and data he specifically mentions as being useful in the...

Strikeouts are up but the single game record holds

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It's no secret that strikeouts are on the rise, but if that's the case, why haven't we seen more pitchers take a run at the single game record shared by Roger Clemens, Kerry Wood, and Randy Johnson?

The value added by positional flexibility

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Starting-caliber players who can shift around the field may add value with their versatility. But how, and how much?

The best left-side defenses ever

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Investigating an unusual assertion by an announcer, and finding a surprising amount of validity in it.

Winning with silent bats

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The Mets are off to a surprisingly good start in the standings. It isn't because of their bats.

Which hot and cold starts are for real?

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Bryan Cole uses Rany Jazayerli's method to regress early-season results and find which hot and cold starts are most believable.

Does the strike zone shrink in later innings?

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Do umpires have a narrower strike zone in later innings? PITCHf/x data allows for this question to be checked.

Tommy John surgeries and similarity scores

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We look at similarity scores to find potential differences between pitchers who have had one Tommy John surgery and those who go on to have a second procedure.

Is Melky Cabrera the new Marlon Byrd?

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The Toronto outfielder is having a great, redeeming year at the plate — not unlike a certain New York/Pittsburgh outfielder last year. But how much similarity is there between the two players?

Early season records: predictors of performance?

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How well do good or bad early season records translate into making the playoffs?

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