Christian Yelich’s run game and other lessons from Bill James Handbook

So much happens during the World Series — and there’s always another game to look ahead to until the final one — that a lot of small, important plays get lost in the big-picture takes. Two plays, quickly forgotten in aftermath of Stephen Strasburg‘s mastery and Anthony Rendon‘s brilliance and Howie Kendrick‘s home run and […]

Behind the balls and strikes: A look at the tendencies of the World Series umpires

Game 6 of the ALCS was an example of how the home plate umpire can affect the outcome of a game. Marvin Hudson appeared to widen his strike zone at times, drawing the ire of a number of players, notably Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. Gardner had struck out to end an early Yankees rally, with […]

World Series Defensive Preview

The Red Sox are a good offensive team. They scored 876 runs this season, 25 more than any other team. It’s not surprising—or at least not shocking, given their playoff opponents—that they managed to get to the World Series, as they had an offense that featured a potential MVP in addition to a near–Triple Crown winner. However, their […]

World Series Defensive Preview

With the 2013 World Series underway on Wednesday between the Boston Red Sox and St. Louis Cardinals, it seems like a great time to take a look at how each team stacks up against one another defensively. Baseball Info Solutions estimates that the Red Sox saved 24 runs with their defense this season.  That is 63 […]

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