Stat of the Week: Who Were Baseball’s Top Overachievers & Underachievers in 2018

By Mark Simon Who were the overachievers and underachievers of the 2018 MLB season? It’s a question to consider for those evaluating their teams and conducting their fantasy drafts. Though there are no guarantees that the numbers will even out and that the player will return to his expected norms, understanding who overachieved and underachieved […]

Stat of the Week: SABR Analytics Conference 2019 Recap

by Alex Vigderman Hundreds of baseball industry types and statistically-inclined fans descended on Phoenix this past weekend for the 2019 SABR Analytics Conference. It was two-plus days of former players, analysts, industry professionals, and students discussing the state of analytics in the game and presenting new research to push the conversation forward.  For this week’s […]

Stat of the Week: Running on Bryce Harper’s Arm

By Mark Simon One of the storylines to follow for new Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper this season will be how he fares defensively. Harper’s defense cost the Nationals 26 runs last season, tied with new teammate Rhys Hoskins for second-worst in the majors. Harper struggled defensively in both right field, where he’ll likely play for […]

Stat of the Week: Bill James Player Projections Updated

With spring training underway, the most popular question in baseball is “How good is he going to be?” It can be applied to hitters, pitchers, stars, hidden gems, prospects, and just about anyone else.

Stat of the Week: The Rise of Outfield Shifts

This offseason there was a lot of talk about the possibility of banning infield shifts, though that has yet to happen. It should be noted that teams aren’t just getting creative with their infield positioning these days, they’re also doing unusual things with their outfield positioning.

Stat of the Week: How Good is Kyler Murray

Last week’s Stat of the Week covered the SIS rankings and stats for the top players available in this year’s NFL Draft. There’s another player who generated headlines this week who was not at the top of those rankings. Oklahoma quarterback Kyler Murray announced he would pursue a career in the NFL rather than in professional baseball.

Stat of the Week: NFL Draft Top Prospects

With the football season over, it’s time to shift attention to the future and the upcoming NFL Draft.

Stat of the Week: Previewing The Super Bowl Offenses

There are expectations that Super Bowl LIII between the Patriots and Rams will be a high-scoring contest. The Rams ranked second in the NFL in points scored during the regular season. The Patriots ranked fourth. With that in mind, here’s a look at keys to the offenses in this game for each team.

Stat of the Week: Active Players on a Hall of Fame Path

With this year’s Hall of Fame class announced, here’s a look at which active players have cleared the bar of Bill James’ Hall of Fame Value Standard.

Stat of the Week: Ban the Shift?

Over the years in Stat of the Week we’ve analyzed the significant increase in shifting in baseball that has occurred since 2012. We have been proponents of this defensive strategy as we have demonstrated in many different ways that, when employed against the right batters in the right situations, shifting is very effective. Of late there has been some additional discussion about the possibility of limiting shifts

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