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World Series Batting Order Optimizer: Philadelpha Phillies

Some wacky ideas for how the Philadelphia Phillies should set their batting order versus the New York Yankees in the 2009 World Series that Charlie Manual will definitely adopt.

World Series Batting Order Optimizer: New York Yankees

What would be the best batting order for the New York Yankees in the 2009 World Series?

Lousy Lineup Optimizer: San Francisco Giants

Yet another installment in an intermittent series of articles optimizing the batting orders or teams with bad offenses. This article takes on the revamped lineup of the San Francisco Giants as they make a push for the playoffs.

Lousy Lineup Optimizer: Pittsburgh Pirates

An optimized batting order only gains a team 5 to 15 runs a year, but to buy those marginal runs on the current free agent market usually costs a team from two to seven million dollars. This is the third post in an occasional series going through some of those bad 2009 offenses and optimizing their batting orders. This article deals with the 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates.

Lousy Lineup Optimizer: San Diego Padres

An optimized batting order only gains a team 5 to 15 runs a year, but to buy those marginal runs on the current free agent market usually costs a team from two to seven million dollars. This is the second post in an occasional series going through some of those bad 2009 offenses and optimizing their batting orders. This article deals with the 2009 San Diego Padres

Easter Monday

Here aer some Monday thoughts and links on recent studies of players' states of origin, pitcher performance by times through the batting order, and recent comparisons of projection systems, the 2009 UZR leaders, along with a "last chance" to make suggestions for my batter platoon project.

BtB Jeff Luhnow Interview

Interview with Jeff Luhnow of the St. Louis Cardinals

Lousy Lineup Optimizer: Kansas City Royals

An optimized batting order only gains a team 5 to 15 runs a year, but the teams with some the worst offenses in baseball need all the help the can get. This is the first post in an occasional series going through some of those bad 2009 offenses and optimizing their batting orders. First up: the Kansas City Royals.

During spring training in '04, Dewan was giving a presentation to the White Sox' front office in...

During spring training in '04, Dewan was giving a presentation to the White Sox' front office in the team cafeteria when manager Ozzie Guillen and his players wandered in to have lunch, their game that day having been rained out. Dewan noticed that Guillen would occasionally glance over at the presentation. Eventually he walked up to Dewan and started flipping through his statistical samples. "If they had this s--- when I was playing," the manager announced to the room, "I would have been the best f------ shortstop who ever lived."

Love that Ozzie. Great quotes in the article from MGL, too, about trying to get the Cards into UZR. Also about how the information is all out there free, and teams have no excuse anymore.

THE BIG ONE

UZR on Fangraphs! Using BIS stats rather than STATS, as in regular UZR. If I read it right, there aren't arm ratings or double play ratings currently Some 2008 Royals ratings (in runs, at primary position, not prorated as per 150 games, although that is available. And yes, don't freak out, one year's data isn't conclusive. And two years isn't really, either): The Smirk -3.1 (hey, not as bad as we thought, c heck out 2007) Avilanche: +14 (F- yeah!) JoGui: -0.1 in LF, -5.6 in RF (-12.5/150). Not quite as bad as it might have been Teahen: +.2 in LF, -2.8 in RF (ugh), -2.7 at 3B, .6 at 1B (could he be any more confusing? or confused, probably?) Callaspo: .4 at 2B, (looks about average in abbreviated playing time over 3 years... this could work) DDJ: -3 in CF, +11.9 in LF (28.3 over 150) Crisp -5.6 in CF 2008, 25.2 in 207, 1.3 in 2006 (which one of these is not like the others?) Billy Baconater: .1 in 2008, 1.4 in 2007 (look out Hal Chase!) Grudz: 1.3 Justin Huber: 1.8 (19.4 per 150!!!!!1111 Look out Franklin Gutierrez) Mike Jacobs: -11.6 (as if he wasn't going to be the punchline.. and this is the best rating I've seen for him in any defensive system) Now to start working on a (likely worthless) projection system...

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