Previously on Beyond the Box Score
PresAvg and Prediction by Stephen Loftus | Beyond the Box Score
A few weeks ago, Stephen Loftus introduced us to the interesting concept of PresAvg in an attempt to determine a batter's probability of getting a hit in a given at-bat. In response to a number of questions about PresAvg, Stephen put it to the test and shared the results.
Does Plate Discipline Come With Age? by Max Weinstein | Beyond the Box Score
Max Weinstein examined the possibility of a relationship between player age and plate discipline.
Framing the Discussion on Catcher Value by Ryan Potter | Beyond the Box Score
I discussed pitch framing by catchers and suggested a few ways we might be able to improve our ability to quantify the defensive impact of catchers.
BTB Podcast #47 - Opening Day, "Regular Season Season Premiere" | Beyond the Box Score
Beyond the Box Score managing editor Bryan Grosnick joined Blake Murphy for a hard-hitting discussion on whether Bryce Harper and Mike Trout are the new Shawn Michaels and Bret Hart and a number of other topics.
Around the Sabersphere
Dissecting Darvish's Opening Day | Baseball Prospectus
The Baseball Prospectus staff used PITCHf/x to provide an in-depth look at Yu Darvish's nearly perfect outing against the Astros.
2013′s First Pitches in Review by Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphs
Following up on his recent article regarding Opening Day first pitch tendencies, Jeff Sullivan broke down the first pitch selection of this season's Opening Day starters.
Currently Historic: New Season Overview by Jason Linden | The Hardball Times
Jason Linden at The Hardball Times outlined the career milestones we can expect to see players reach in 2013.
Fringe Average Podcast: Episode: 1 | Baseball Prospectus
The Fringe Average Podcast, hosted by Jason Parks and Mike Ferrin, made it's debut at Baseball Prospectus. Parks and Ferrin discussed prospects, pitchers that they would pay to see, and Yu Darvish's perfect game bid as it was happening.
Around SB Nation
Thoughts On The Rays' fWAR by Michael Valancius | DRaysBay
Noticing that the Rays outperformed their fWAR total in 2012, Michael Valancius at DRaysBay examined the components that make up fWAR to find out why.
Justin Smoak and the Kinetic Chain by Stephen Cheatum | Lookout Landing
Lookout Landing's Stephen Cheatum analyzed the mechanics of Mariners' 1B Justin Smoak's swing, which was retooled during the offseason.
The Blue Jays and Other Bad Teams With Big Offseasons by Grant Brisbee | Baseball Nation
The Toronto Blue Jays made a number of high profile acquisitions during the offseason in an attempt to turn around a team that lost 89 games in 2012. Grant Brisbee of Baseball Nation took a look back to see how similar strategies worked out for teams in recent baseball history.
Outside the Sabersphere
2013 April Race Meeting | Keeneland Thoroughbred Racing
There's nothing like springtime in the South. One of my favorite events each spring is the April Meet at Keeneland. You might hear a lot of talk about Churchill Downs, but most Kentuckians will tell you that Keeneland provides for a much more pleasant experience. The April Meet begins this Friday and I'm looking forward to making the short drive from Lexington to Versailles to be there.