Stat of the Week: A Look at NFL and NBA Power Rankings

With the baseball postseason over, it’s time to immerse ourselves in the NFL and NBA. If you haven’t paid close attention to this point, or are just curious for some interesting analysis, the Bill James Online Power Ratings are here to help. NFL Bill James Online Power Ratings Team 1. Saints 111.7 2. Chiefs 110.9 […]

Stat of the Week: Who are the Best Defensive Free Agents?

By MARK SIMON Baseball moves quickly these days. Free agency is already upon us, with some highly-coveted names in this year’s market. But who are the free agents who will be most coveted for their defense? Thirty-year-old second baseman DJ LeMahieu won his third career Gold Glove (he finished a close second to Kolten Wong in the […]

Stat of the Week: Fielding Bible Awards Preview Part II

This is the second of a two-part series on the top candidates for The Fielding Bible Awards, which will be announced next week. Part I can be found here. The Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a panel of 12 experts, who can vote based on visual observations and subjective judgement, as well as statistical […]

Stat of the Week: 2018 Fielding Bible Awards Preview

For the next two weeks, this space will feature a multi-part series on the top candidates for The Fielding Bible Awards, which will be announced the week of October 29. The Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a panel of 12 experts, who can vote based on visual observation and subjective judgement, as well […]

Stat of the Week: 2018 Defensive Runs Saved Leaders

By Mark Simon With the 2018 regular season concluded, let’s look at the leaders in Defensive Runs Saved (DRS). Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman finished as the overall leader with 29. Chapman dominated all season, with his work being particularly outstanding on balls hit down the third base line. The next-closest third baseman in Runs Saved was […]

Stat of the Week: Minor League Defensive Runs Saved End-Of-Season Roundup

When a promising position player gets called up from the minors, you almost never hear about his defensive prospects unless they are extreme in one direction or the other. At Baseball Info Solutions, we use Minor League Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) as a tool to expand fans’ knowledge of the defensive side of the game. […]

Stat of the Week: Tommy John Surgery in Major League Baseball

When a promising position player gets called up from the minors, you almost never hear about his defensive prospects unless they are extreme in one direction or the other. At Baseball Info Solutions, we use Minor League Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) as a tool to expand fans’ knowledge of the defensive side of the game. […]

Stat of the Week: Who was August’s Top Defensive Player?

In a crowded group of highly-talented center fielders, it has been tough for Adam Engel to stand out from the rest. But in August he did. He’s our selection as the MLB Defensive Player of the Month. Engel finished the month with eight Defensive Runs Saved, the most by any outfielder. Half of that total […]

Stat of the Week: Shifting is at an All-Time High

Something monumental happened in baseball this past weekend—and it wasn’t the Orioles being given a nationally televised game. By the end of play on Sunday, teams had shifted on balls in play 28,249 times, surpassing the previous record of 28,130 set in 2016. They are now on pace to shift just under 35,000 times this […]

Stat of the Week: NL Total Runs/MVP Race is Tight

The National League MVP race is shaping up to be incredibly tight with a little more than a month left in the regular season, and it parallels the race for the lead in the Total Runs stat. Total Runs combines Runs Created (offense), Baserunning Runs and Defensive Runs Saved, along with a positional adjustment (but […]

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