Archive for the ‘Fun With Numbers’ Category

Pitch Count Advantages

Monday, June 9th, 2014

During yesterday's game David Cone was talking about counts in terms of what was an "even count" and what was a batter's or pitcher's count, and he was making a point that I have always found odd -- that typically what is termed an "even count", like 2-2, is really ...

Just How Bad Are Things?

Friday, June 21st, 2013

I thought this would be a fun exercise -- compare this years team to last years team using 10-day moving averages for wOBA and FIP.  Here's how they compare on hitting (wOBA): Interestingly, for about the first six weeks the trend was pretty much the same, although last year's team was ...

Are The Yankees A Poor Comeback Team?

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

One of the things I find amusing when watching baseball game broadcasts or reading blogs is all the statistics that get thrown out at you -- the amusing aspect being the degree of cherry picking and use of selective end points that is necessary to make those stats interesting. For ...

A Tale Of Two Phils

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

As the old saying goes, "Babe Ruth is dead, just throw strikes!"  Yeah, a gross oversimplification of the art of pitching, but still, it's a pretty good key to success on the mound.  Witness Phil Hughes' last four starts -- two stinkers followed by two true quality starts.  And there's ...

Team BA Now At The Mendoza Line

Monday, September 12th, 2011

Over the last 10 games, the team batting average is right at .215 -- the infamous Mendoza line.  Here's what the 10-game moving average for team BA looks like for the season: I'm not sure I'm smart enough to apply any kind of cause-and-effect analysis here. Obviously the team started ...

The All-Swisher Team

Monday, May 16th, 2011

I'm not near knowledgeable enough to know how one judge's the performance of a hitting coach, so you have to take the following with one huge grain of salt. That said, I'm curious as to why it is that Kevin Long gets so much praise when he is able ...

Jekyll-and-Hyde Burnett

Saturday, August 21st, 2010

Just how much of a Jekyll and Hyde pitcher is A.J. Burnett?  Let's look at starts by Yankee pitchers using the metric runs allowed per inning for each start.  Clearly, the best starts will be the ones where the starter had a R/IP of zero, and so far this year ...

At The Halfway Point

Monday, July 5th, 2010

So now that we are officially at the halfway mark for the season, how have the 2010 Yankees, the defending World Series champions, done? Looking back it seems like it's been a frustrating 81 games with more low lights than high lights -- Mark Teixeira and Alex Rodriquez are ...

And The Answer Is Quality Starts

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Although it might appear that the offense has been struggling of late, in reality that is not the case. If you look at the hitting over the last 10 games, it's actually pretty good -- the team BA is .304, they are hitting a respectable .298 with RISP, and ...

Still Waiting On Tex

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

A month ago I commented that I was a bit surprised that more wasn't being made of just how bad Mark Teixeira's slow start was this year -- after three weeks (April 26), he was 78 points below the point where he was in 2009 (.119 vs. 197). And ...