Archive for May 2011

Sweet Spot Grades…and the D-Backs Incredible Run Prevention Turnaround

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The Sweet Spot grades the NL and also the AL. Pretty decent job by the fella.   The Twins got the grade they deserve (they are terrible).

Nice evaluation of the Diamondbacks can be found here.

Wow, that’s all I have to say given their terrible pitching/run prevention last season and the first part of this season.

Click here to see the D-Backs’ monthly splits for 2011 and the incredible degree to which their pitching  improved in May, from an April team ERA of 4.89 to a May ERA of 3.00. Not only that, but  their team runs allowed per game went from 5.35 through April 30 to a team runs allowed per game of  4.37 through May 30(!!!).

No, you’re eyes don’t deceive you: the D-Backs cut their runs allowed per game by 1 whole run during May (not for just May, but over the course of the month they cut their runs allowed per game over the course of the season by an entire run…Kevin Towers is a freakin’ genius).


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May 31, 2011 at 15:59

An Open Plea to David Einhorn

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Mr. Einhorn

I am a baseball fan, and although I don’t particularly like the Mets, I do think that them being kind of, er, bad isn’t good for (National League) baseball. Though I am almost as wildly unsuccessful at life as you are successful, I was kind of hoping you would take what I have to say to heart.

Please, do baseball fans everywhere a favor and push the Wilpons out. Please, for the love of sunshine, hot dogs, well-turned double plays, and nail-biting late-inning heroics, take charge of the New York National League ball club and push the Wilpons right on out of the door.

Thank you, sir, and I hope very much you enjoy your new role.



Jon Vedamuthu


P.S. I am also very pleased that your background includes robust experience with mathematical and statistical evaluative techniques. After reading Jonah Keri’s The Extra 2% I hope more “quants” get involved in baseball.

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May 28, 2011 at 13:07

Twins Trifecta of Doom: Hardball Talk All Over It

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Three depressing stories about the terrible Twins. I knew about the first one–the 5-run lead blown in the eighth last night–but the other two just compounded my dismay over the first. Twins’ pitching staff is in a bad, bad way. Here’s the prose to prove it. Baker (pictured below), though, pitched very well (no BB and look at the WPA!…stupid bullpen).

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May 28, 2011 at 12:47

Maybe Not…on the Posey Thing, That Is

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Clay Davenport of Baseball Prospectus, who knows a hell of a lot more than I do, disagrees with me on the whole rule enforcement thing regarding catchers and collisions.

My take was here.

I have to concede that Davenport’s characterization more neatly fits the contours of the situation than my…ramblings.  Note the hedging philosophical language I used: “more neatly fits the contours of the situation,” which could be said, “is more accurate than,” but which allows me to retain some false dignity.

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May 27, 2011 at 16:35

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Posey’s Injury and Rules

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Bad injury. Collisions at the plate happen. They don’t need to change any rules, the just need to enforce the rule that exists.

The rule that exists says that catchers (or any fielder) can only block the plate if he has the ball. So, enforce the rule, call obstruction on catchers) or other fielders who block baserunners without the ball. Soon enough catchers (or other fielders) will only enter the baseline when he has possession of the ball.

The way they don’t enforce the rule now means that catchers put themselves in a position to be run over all the time, camping out for the throw. Enforce it an the incentive becomes to only put yourself at risk if you actually have a chance at making the play.

Bill James goes off on the rule issue in the New Historical Baseball Abstract.

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May 26, 2011 at 19:34

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Fuentes Opens Up

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This can’t end well.

Fuentes is weird: he’s either pretty sharp and missing bats or he’s got no command a quite a flammable substance. Relief pitchers continue to baffle.

I really like Calcaterra’s last comment:

Um, Brian, you do know that Geren was the best man at Billy Beane’s wedding, right? You think you’re going to win this one?

This next post makes it better: Fuentes is on a pace to break the relief losses record. *Sigh*

The Eck piles on!

Good Times in Oakland, like the old Mustache Gang days….

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May 24, 2011 at 14:28

Scoring Down

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Well, duh, but over at there’s an article that includes the  interesting fact that 2011 is shaping up as one of the ten lowest runs per game seasons since 1969. Wow, I did not know that. Yeah, the Giants can pitch and so can the A’s and the Indians are doing it, too.

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May 24, 2011 at 13:24