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Visualizing Plate Discipline

By ANDREW KYNE Baseball Info Solutions’ pitch charting data allows for many interesting applications — one being as a way to evaluate a player’s plate discipline. By checking out the plate discipline leaderboards at FanGraphs, we can do things like confirm that Joey Votto rarely swings at pitches out of the strike zone or learn that Freddie Freeman swings at […]

An Analytical Look: Who are the Best QBs After Kyler Murray

The combine is a distant memory, pro days are all but over, and it seems all that’s left to do is twiddle our thumbs as teams make their final preparations for the NFL Draft. But, arguing among ourselves about quarterbacks is a rich tradition, so perhaps that is the best way to occupy our time […]

How Free Agency Might Impact the Top of This Year’s Draft

With the free agency finally slowing down, all eyes are turning towards the draft. With that in mind we looked at how teams at the top of the draft have used free agency to bolster their records, and how it may affect their decision come draft day. Team need charts are based on SIS’s unique Total […]

Will the Packers Free Agent Spending Be More Impactful Than a Draft and Develop Strategy?

By John Shirley During the Ted Thompson era in Green Bay, the Packers were notoriously inactive in free agency. That trend has changed under second year General Manager Brian Gutekunst. Will that help maximize Green Bay’s contending window? This off-season alone, Gutekunst has already handed out contracts worth a total of $182 million per Spotrac. […]

What is Strike Zone Runs Saved?

You might notice a few extra columns of stats now available on Fangraphs.com stat pages. They’ll have glossary explanations up in the near future, but for now, here is the definition for Strike Zone Runs Saved. Strike Zone Runs Saved (rSZ) is a stat created by Baseball Info Solutions (BIS) that ascertains the contribution each player is making […]

March’s Most Interesting Team Was… The Marlins?

BY ALEX VIGDERMAN The NL East might have been the buzziest division in baseball over the offseason, with every team making big trades and/or signings. You know all that because you’ve been paying attention. You’re reading this blog after all. The Marlins’ primary buzz surrounded their pursuit of offloading J.T. Realmuto, so once that was […]

Michael Conforto is the Met for Whom Beating the Shift Matters Most

By BRIAN DEVINE The best way for defenses to contain Met outfielder Michael Conforto is to put a full Ted Williams shift on against him. When three infielders were aligned to the right of second base, Conforto’s BABIP on short line drives and groundballs dropped to .189 last season. Like many left-handed power hitters, Conforto […]

What We Can Learn From Rougned Odor’s Bunts Against the Shift

By ANDREW KYNE With a new season upon us, teams are hoping that 2019 is the year they can beat the infield shift. Consider this out of Mets camp last week, via MLB.com’s Anthony DiComo: From the Dominican Summer League on up to the Majors, the Mets’ new front office is placing increased emphasis on bunting […]

3 Things That Won’t Happen Again for the Astros

By PATRICK ROWLEY In looking at the upcoming season for the Astros, I came across a few things that happened last season that probably won’t be duplicating themselves in 2019. 1)Three Astros starters throw 200 innings Last season only 13 pitchers eclipsed the 200-inning threshold and three of them were on Houston. Justin Verlander (214), […]

Quantifying the Impact of Penalties

By Nate Weller The NFL passed a rule change at its owners meetings to make pass interference a reviewable call. In light of the development, we wanted to share a newsletter that we sent to our NFL team partners earlier this year. After what can best be described as a controversial end to the season, […]

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