With Opening Day getting underway, I wanted to have some fun and look back at the last four full seasons (2016-2019) to see who are some guys that historically get out to hot starts. To define hot starts, I looked atRead more
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What infield OAA tells us about shortstops?
As I have stated previously the Infield Outs Above Average (OAA) metrics available on Baseball Savant contains a plethora of information. You can look at individuals and not only see their overall defensive value but you can breakdown the individualsRead more
What can Statcast’s Infield OAA tell us about positioning?
In my previous piece, on the intro to infield outs above average (OAA), I quickly compared Marcus Semien and Javier Baez. I showed you that, in 2019, Baez had 19 OAA and Semien has -4 OAA. This analytically tells usRead more
A decade of baseball in 101 useless stats
On Sunday 4 April 2010, Boston Red Sox starting pitcher Josh Beckett induced weak contact from New York Yankees Derek Jeter in the first MLB play of the decade. Here are 100 more useless snippets of information for you. UnlessRead more
Three minutes on the Los Angeles Angels
It is hard to argue that the Angels were not the most exciting MLB team to watch last season: Shohei Ohtani pitching, Shohei Ohtani hitting, Andrelton Simmons’ wizardry at shortstop and of course, Mike Trout, the greatest player on theRead more
What does each MLB club want in their Christmas stocking? Part One
Ho-ho-ho. It is that time of year again. Unfortunately for baseball fans though, Christmas comes at a time of year when, save for off-season signings and Winter Meetings, there is little happening in the sport. But that doesn’t mean anyoneRead more
The Case for Defense – Examining Advances in Defensive Analytics
Making his BF&N debut, welcome the analytical genius, Russell Eassom… Baseball like any other sport you win by scoring more than your opponents and in baseball you have to score more runs to win a game. But unlike most otherRead more
Top Five GIFs of the Week: Week One
Welcome to the inaugural edition of our new ‘GIFs of the Week’ segment. Each week, for the entirety of the baseball season (or thereabouts), we are going to track down five brilliant, baffling or downright bonkers GIFs to share withRead more