Research

Are the Dodgers targeting pitchers who rake?

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In 2013, the Dodgers pitching staff led the majors in wRC+. It looks like the Dodgers have targeted pitchers who rake in free agency and via trade.

Strikeouts are popular in 2014

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Two weeks into the 2014 season, it looks like strikeouts are still on the rise

The best non-Opening Day starters

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Who were the pitchers with ace-worthy stuff the year previous that didn't get the Opening Day nod?

Prospect's delight: Which top 100 list is best?

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Looking back since 1990, which prospect list best ranked the future top 100 players?

Attention agents: obtain overuse clauses for RPs

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Relief pitchers coming off of heavy use seasons, especially consecutive ones, may have to settle for discounts or shorter-length contracts in free agency. There may be a remedy for that.

The runs-to-wins conversion, revisited

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For years, some sabermetricians have been using a shorthand conversion of 10 runs into 1 win. It's probably time for a change.

Dylan Bundy and reputations

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By all accounts, the Baltimore minor-leaguer has a bright future; even a year-long hiatus couldn't diminish the optimism he's receiving. Have there been any other prospects with similarly glowing...

Is the infield shift ruining baseball?

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Barry Bloom of MLB.com posed this question at last month's SABR Conference: is the infield shift ruining baseball? I think you know where this is going...

Guys who should be bunting

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Bunting catches a lot of flack from the sabermetric community, and rightly so. But are there players for whom bunting would be more beneficial to their team than swinging away on average?

Swinging vs. Called First Strikes

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Inspired by a reader comment, we investigate whether hitters who swing and miss at the first pitch do better than those who take a called first strike.

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