Baseball links from around the sabersphere...
Prospectus Q&A: Alex Anthopoulos | Baseball Prospectus
An interview with Blue Jays GM Alex Anthopoulos.
What’s wrong with Andrew McCutchen? | Pirates Prospects
As you can see, McCutchen is going down looking far more often than usual this year. That is the biggest reason he is struggling so badly in 2011.
Quick f/x: Drabek's curve | Don't Bring in the Lefty
Drabek's curve is by far his best pitch in terms of run values (both expected and actual), and since last year has garnered a swinging strike on 59% of swings (that kind of number would be up at the top of the league over a full season, but we only have a sample of 39 swings).
Have You Seen Enough of Alexi Casilla? | Twinkie Town
Not every game for Alexi will be as gut-wrenching as it was last night. But as far as I'm concerned, I've seen enough. I don't think he'll ever be able to handle an everyday role, and so I'm ready to move on.
Top strike-throwers in 2011 | Baseball Reference Blog
Harry. Leroy. Halladay.
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who's afraid of ryan franklin? | Viva El Birdos
in april 2011, he's got another 4 hanging in that quadrant, and rather flat movement on the remainder. notwithstanding the decent results he got in september of 2010, it seems to me that hanging 11 curves in two months, relative to four in the previous three seasons, may indicate a problem.
All-Dominican Team | Baseball Reference Blog
Where Manny Ramirez's legacy lives on.
The Youkilis Paradox | Baseball Analytics Blog
He's getting his best results where he's not swinging much, and his worst results in what usually is a hot spot for him.
Graphing BABIP Against Speed | Fangraphs
Over 150 ground balls, which is a roughly average number per season for the average player, the difference between a 10th percentile speed score (2.2) and a 90th percentile speed score (6.9) comes out to just four hits.
I Love Placido Polanco | Brotherly Glove
He is currently on pace for his best season in five years — when he tallied 5.2 WAR in 2007 — which is remarkable for a 35-yr old signed for under $6 million this year.
On a side note, the Book Blog is down as I'm writing this; I am sad.