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FanGraphs After Dark Live Blog – StatCast Debut Edition – 4/21/15

The FanGraphs After Dark Chat is a weekly baseball chat featuring FanGraphs writers Jeff Zimmerman and Paul Swydan.
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Let’s Get Paulo Orlando 21 Triples

The highest career triple rates in baseball history, minimum 1000 plate appearances, with one exception: Paulo Orlando, 17.2% Tom Long, 3.0% Joe Jackson, 3.0% Sam Crawford, 2.9% Buck Freeman, 2.7% Orlando, obviously, doesn’t qualify, being well short of 1000 career trips to the plate. But let’s just pretend he got all the way up to […]
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Early Changes to the Strike Zone

When you think about it, strike zone is always a hot topic in baseball. While watching a game, there may be the odd bang-bang play at first; the occasional trap vs. catch on a sinking liner in the outfield. What is virtually a certainty is that there will be a collection of called pitches over […]
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Monitoring Salvador Perez’s Workload

For better or worse, the Kansas City Royals have garnered a fair amount of attention to start the season. On the better side of the ledger, the team now sits at 10-3, with the second best record in the American League behind only the 11-2 Detroit Tigers. Even finishing a game over .500 the rest […]
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The win-now move of promoting Addison Russell

On Friday, to the surprise of absolutely no one, the Chicago Cubs promoted Kris Bryant to the big leagues. With the service time shenanigans out of the way, it was abundantly clear that Bryant that he was their best third baseman, so they summoned him from Iowa to help their team win. Today, the Cubs […]
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Koji Uehara’s Extreme Splitter Usage

As noted in Sunday’s column, Koji Uehara has thrown 24 pitches this season, and 21 of them have been splitters. Even for a two-game sample, that’s pretty extreme. Only one other pitcher – Red Sox teammate Edward Mujica (57.6%) – has thrown a splitter with more than 50% frequency in the early going. Last year’s […]
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The First Two Weeks in Defensive Highlights

Over the past couple weeks, you might have noticed some of our advanced fielding data filtering into the system, as the scouts grading and categorizing each play go through their expert machinations. With two weeks of play in the books, and enough time for much of the data to come in (there is normally a […]
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Easily Digested Commentary on Some Notable Debuts

In the summer of 2005, the author of this post contracted at a Chicago area restaurant some manner of foodborne illness. The symptoms produced by same needn’t be explored in any depth here; to say, however, that I experienced roughly all the forms of “gastric distress” is sufficient. Nor is it the deepest throes of […]
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Steamer Split Projections: Visualization Tool

The team behind the Steamer projections has put together a tool to better visualize the steamer split projections. Just click on the image or various links and start slicing and dicing. “In the visualization, you will find a new output of the Steamer Projection system: Rest of season split projections. This visualization is customizable: you […]
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Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat – 4/21/15

Live Blog Dan Szymborski FanGraphs Chat
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Checking in With James Paxton

Coming into the season, you might have had a three-part checklist for Mariners’ lefty James Paxton. Can he throw more high fastballs, can he improve his changeup, and can he hold his velocity and command? We know his curve is good, and most years, he has the big velocity that has turned our attention to […]
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Shane Greene Is Building Off Yankees Advice

I’ll start this one like I think I’ve started another, probably also about Shane Greene. Who remembers? Last summer, while working on an article for The Hardball Times Annual, I talked to Brandon McCarthy about the significance and implementation of contemporary data. It was a long interview and a lot went into the article, so […]
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The Milwaukee Brewers' untimely collapse

Avert your eyes, Milwaukee Brewers fans. I apologize in advance for how painful this may be. When the Brewers woke up on Monday morning, they were merely a bad baseball team, off to a 2-10 start, the worst in 47 years of Pilots/Brewers baseball. When they went to bed on Monday night, they were still […]
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FanGraphs Audio: Dave Cameron, Not Not on Kris Bryant

Episode 553 Dave Cameron is both (a) the managing editor of FanGraphs and (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio — during which edition he doesn’t not discuss Kris Bryant at some level. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can subscribe to the podcast via iTunes or […]
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The Necessary Analysis of a Red-Hot Nelson Cruz

Just as I was beginning to work this up, I got an email saying Nelson Cruz had been named the American League Player of the Week, which provides for a very convenient introductory sentence. Over the past seven days, Cruz has posted the highest wRC+ in baseball, by 85 points. Over the past seven days, […]
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The First Two Weeks in Home Runs

Hey there sports fans! Congratulations on making it through the first two weeks of the regular season. I’m sure some of you are ecstatic, like you fans of select AL Central teams or the Mets that have won most of your games; the rest of you (with a few exceptions) are listless in a hovering […]
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FanGraphs Audio: Kiley McDaniel Updates His Draft Rankings

Episode 552 Kiley McDaniel is both (a) the lead prospect writer for FanGraphs and also (b) the guest on this particular edition of FanGraphs Audio — during which edition he discusses his recently updated draft rankings in some depth and also some width. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli on Twitter. You can […]
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Kiley McDaniel Prospects Chat – 4/20/15

Live Blog Kiley McDaniel Prospects Chat
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What if Russell Wilson had Stuck with Baseball?

Four weeks after he hoisted the Vince Lombardi Trophy at MetLife Staduim in February of 2014, Russell Wilson reported to Surprise Arizona to participate in spring training with the Texas Rangers. Although the Rangers technically hold the rights to Wilson as a baseball player, he didn’t actually appear in any spring training games, and returned home after taking a few grounders […]
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Reworking the Blue Jays Pitching Staff

Making wholesale role changes two weeks into the season is not likely a sound strategy, as the decisions leading up to Opening Day take in much more reliable information with considerably more history than a few appearances in April. Likewise, taking promising starters who have yet to prove they cannot start and sending them to the bullpen […]
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Archie Bradley’s Peculiar Debut

Let’s follow a tried-and-true format, unimaginative as it is. I’ll throw in a twist. There’s the imaginative part. The good! Archie Bradley, so far, has made two starts in the major leagues. He’s faced maybe the best team in baseball, and last year’s World Series champion. He’s allowed a total of five hits and two […]
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So the Mets might be contenders

As it stands this morning, there are five teams in the National League that have at least a 50% chance of reaching the postseason, according to our Playoff Odds forecasts. The three top teams are the same three that everyone had winning their divisions before the year began; the Dodgers, Cardinals, and Nationals. The fourth […]
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Sunday Notes: Bryce Harper on Stats; Storen, Gausman, Eflin, Almora, more

When I first met Drew Storen, his train had yet to reach Big League Station. The Stanford product was 22 years old and pitching in the Arizona Fall League, his Nationals debut still six months away. Since that time he’s ridden a roller coaster. The 27-year-old right-hander has a 43-save season on his resume, but […]
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The Best of FanGraphs: April 13-17, 2015

Each Saturday, the FanGraphs team cobbles together its favorite stories of the week from across the FanGraphs family of blogs.
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Celebrating Aaron Harang

We rarely talk about Aaron Harang. When we do, it’s usually to describe him as a “safer” player rather than a good one, or perhaps to poke a little fun at his appearance. He never ranks very highly when it comes time to make lists, and we’re generally at a loss to describe his success. […]
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