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NERD Game Scores for Saturday, September 20, 2014

This edition of FanGraphs’ NERD scores has appeared later than usual, on account of the author’s dog America ate a weird thing and required a visit to the local veterinary clinic. Everyone is healthy now, although the author is also $100 poorer. Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet […]
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The Best of FanGraphs: September 15 – September 19, 2014

Each Saturday, the FanGraphs team cobbles together its favorite stories of the week from across the FanGraphs family of blogs.
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FanGraphs Audio: Kiley McDaniel on the New Old D-backs

Episode 485 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, among other things, the effects of Tony LaRussa’s hiring on the D-backs’ scouting and player-development staffs. Don’t hesitate to direct pod-related correspondence to @cistulli […]
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FG on Fox: The Playoff Team You Could’ve Built for Absolutely Nothing

I have a little theory I choose to believe because it keeps me warm when times are cold. That theory is that, in every offseason, there’s a championship team to be built, and to be built reasonably, without costing an unrealistic amount. It’s not something that can ever be proven, and it’s not even necessarily […]
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The Most Unlikely Series of the Year

We’ve provided a lot of odds this season. There are current playoff odds, based on projections. There are current playoff odds, based on season-to-date numbers. There are current playoff odds, based on coin flips! There are past playoff odds, from any date in 2014. There are division series odds, and league championship series odds, and […]
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Player of the Year Award: Paul Swydan’s Process

The other day Dave announced our fabulous new FanGraphs Player of the Year Award. He also said the 11 voters would be encouraged to write about their process. And so I thought I’d kick things off today by talking about mine. In case you don’t want to click on the link, the criteria for the […]
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Carlos Carrasco’s Objectively Most Impressive Changeups

Yesterday, in these electronic pages, FanGraphs contributor and Italian-American street tough Mike Petriello published a much-deserved paean to Cleveland’s Carlos Carrasco, which right-handed pitcher has recorded the second-highest WAR among all pitchers over the last month and the absolutely lowest park- and league-adjusted xFIP among 111 qualifiers over that same interval. Among...
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The Stealth MVP Candidacy of Hunter Pence

I’ll say it up front; the headline you just read is a little bit of a trick. This post is about Hunter Pence perhaps being more valuable this year than most of us realized, but because I have an NL MVP ballot this year, I can’t get too deep into my personal opinion of where […]
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NERD Game Scores for Friday, September 19, 2014

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. […]
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Innovations In Sports Analytics: Marketing & In-Game Experiences

I attended the Sports Analytics Innovation Summit in San Francisco last week. On Tuesday, I wrote about the presentations that focused on player training, development and performance. You can read that article here. Today’s post will discuss how teams and leagues use analytics to boost ticket sales and enhance the in-game experience. As with the performance presentations, […]
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Kiley McDaniel Prospects Chat – 9/9/14

Live Blog Kiley McDaniel Prospects Chat – 9/19/14  
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Library Update: Position Player WAR

Wins Above Replacement (WAR) is one of the the hallmark statistics available at FanGraphs and to match its prominence on the site, we’ve updated and expanded our Library entry on WAR. This week, you’ll notice more information in our basic WAR primer and a detailed page on how to calculate WAR for position players. We’ll […]
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Justus Sheffield Finds Himself After A Tough Spring

When our other prospect writers submit scouting reports, I will provide a short background and industry consensus tool grades. There are two reasons for this: 1) giving context to account for the writer seeing a bad outing (never threw his changeup, coming back from injury, etc.) and 2) not making him go on about the […]
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A Fun Comparison for Denard Span

I’m an unabashed fan of Denard Span, and for my money, he remains one of the game’s most underrated players. But I’ll admit that when I saw this a few hours ago, even I was surprised. Below, a side by side comparison of Span and Jacoby Ellsbury since the start of the 2012 season. Name […]
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Zack Greinke’s Turned Into an Actual Hitter

There was a time last season that Zack Greinke was batting over .400. At that time, no other pitcher in baseball was batting over .300. So people had some fun with that, because it’s fun when a pitcher is helping himself. It pretty much never lasts. Greinke didn’t keep batting over .400. This year he’s […]
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Athletics Choose Nashville Over Sacramento Despite Proximity

The Athletics just signed a deal to make Nashville their Triple-A affiliate. After fifteen years, the River Cats will leave Sacramento behind. The move will push Oakland’s Triple-A team further away, but it may give them a more neutral run environment and a nicer home park. Perhaps proximity is overrated? For a team that seemingly […]
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Carlos Carrasco Brings A Bullpen Ace To The Rotation

For years, people have been writing “nothing good ever comes out of Cliff Lee trades” articles. I’m sure somewhere along the line, I wrote one too, and that’s mostly because, well, nothing really had. Justin Smoak was probably the best player to come out of any of those deals, and he isn’t any good. Jason […]
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Clayton Kershaw’s Effect on the Dodgers Bullpen

Ken Rosenthal has an NL MVP vote this year, and the other day, he wrote about his thought process in regards to pitchers winning the award. He’d prefer to vote for a position player, but isn’t entirely against pitchers-as-MVPs, and he noted that a dominant starter who works deep into games doesn’t just affect the […]
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Eno Sarris Baseball Chat — 9/18/14

Live Blog Eno Sarris Baseball Chat  
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Examining the A’s Epic Collapse

One of the biggest stories of the season’s second half has been the historic decline of the Oakland Athletics. They are flirting with accomplishing the extremely difficult feat of having the best record in baseball at the All Star break, and then missing the playoffs. Winning the final two games of their pivotal series with […]
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NERD Game Scores for Thursday, September 18, 2014

Devised originally in response to a challenge issued by viscount of the internet Rob Neyer, and expanded at the request of nobody, NERD scores represent an attempt to summarize in one number (and on a scale of 0-10) the likely aesthetic appeal or watchability, for the learned fan, of a player or team or game. […]
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Dodgers’ Lefty Tom Windle Shows Power Stuff

When our other prospect writers submit scouting reports, I will provide a short background and industry consensus tool grades. There are two reasons for this: 1) giving context to account for the writer seeing a bad outing (never threw his changeup, coming back from injury, etc.) and 2) not making him go on about the […]
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Building Jake Arrieta

Let’s go back to 1920. Let’s look at starting pitchers who threw at least 75 innings in consecutive big-league seasons. Relative to last year, Jake Arrieta‘s K-BB% has improved by 14 percentage points. That’s the fourth-greatest improvement within the sample. Relative to last year, Arrieta’s FIP- has improved by 64 points. That’s the single greatest […]
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Mark Sappington Moves To The Pen, Throws Harder

When our other prospect writers submit scouting reports, I will provide a short background and industry consensus tool grades. There are two reasons for this: 1) giving context to account for the writer seeing a bad outing (never threw his changeup, coming back from injury, etc.) and 2) not making him go on about the […]
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A 2014 Review of 2013′s Fringe Five Champions

Last week, the author published the final results of this year’s weekly Fringe Five column, which column is designed to identify the most compelling of those rookie-eligible minor leaguers excluded from notable preseason top-100 prospect lists. To what degree it does that (i.e. identify compelling prospects) is a matter of some debate, probably. With a […]
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