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Pedro Martinez: The Best Ever?

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

During the same week that it was revealed Ryan Braun failed a drug test and John Rocker admitted using performance enhancing drugs during his career, the player I thought most about was Pedro Martinez. Martinez officially announced his retirement earlier in the month. To be fair, most thought of him as retired after he didn’t pitch in 2010. So now [...]

Oakland Moneyball Trio in Historical Context

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

When the movie Moneyball was released in September, the main gripe by the public was how Michael Lewis never addressed how that team was built on the foundation of great starting pitching. A couple of weeks ago I debated with Chris Plummer at the Perpetual Post who was the best member of the A’s during that [...]

Pedro Martinez: Most Dominant Pitcher Ever?

Saturday, August 6th, 2011

Earlier in the week I called Pedro Martinez the “Sandy Koufax of our generation.” This was done just by the eye test. I remember how feared and dominant Martinez was as a member of the Red Sox. Even as he declined during his days as a Met, Martinez still put together one of the better pitching performances in [...]

RBI Record Inaccurate?

Monday, July 11th, 2011

It’s been a long believed that Hack Wilson holds the record for RBI in a season with 191 in 1930 while playing for the Chicago Cubs. This weekend, a presentation at SABR41 recreated the play-by-play account of that year and it was discovered that Wilson’s real RBI total was 184. That means that Lou Gehrig [...]

Granderson’s Success a Result of the Two Hole?

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

Back in September of last year, I noticed of how successful Curtis Granderson was batting second in the order. He finished 2010 hitting .279 with 6 homers, 18 RBI, and OPS of 1.022; however only a small sample of 105 plate appearances. This year, hitting the two hole, Granderson’s line is as follows: Split GS [...]

What’s In the First 10 Games?

Sunday, April 17th, 2011

An interesting stat was cited by John Dewan of Acta Sports earlier this week. With all the hysteria over good starts (like Colorado), and bad starts (see the Mets and Red Sox), what exactly does the first 10 games translate into?  Performance in First Ten Games (2002-10) Wins in First 10 Teams Finished 90+ [...]

Mets Offense Could Make Them a 90 Win Team

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

Many believe the Mets biggest strength in 2011 will be their offense. Not many teams can feature four players that are in the top 30 in baseball, plus three promising homegrown prospects in their lineup. What can we expect from this team? I used the lineup analyzer over at Baseball Musings, which combines SLG and [...]

Is Scott Hairston a Breakout Candidate?

Sunday, March 27th, 2011

One of Sandy Alderson’s “under the radar” signings this winter was outfielder Scott Hairston. So far this spring Hairston, brother of former Yankee Jerry, is hitting .353 with two homers and eight RBI. With the health of Carlos Beltran in question it’s possible that Hairston will be the starting right fielder on Opening Day. Last [...]

Is Cliff Lee Trending Towards a Disappointing 2011?

Friday, March 25th, 2011

I was recently talking baseball with a respected member of the community and the topic of Cliff Lee came up. We talked about how Lee struggled during last year’s World Series (0-2, 6.94 ERA), and he expressed some concern how Lee might be a candidate for regression this season. I was surprised by this statement [...]

Is the Mets Starting Pitching Really That Bad?

Monday, March 7th, 2011

Last season, the Mets pitching staff ranked sixth in the NL in ERA at 3.73. Going into this year many pundits believe the starting staff just isn’t good enough. No doubt, there are concerns about the health of Chris Young and Chris Capuano, but take a look at the production of the starters using last [...]

Watch: Rick Peterson Using Bloomberg Pro Product

Monday, February 14th, 2011

Kerel Cooper of On the Black provided a video of Rick Peterson breaking down the mechanics of Milwaukee closer John Axford using the Bloomberg Sports Professional Product that I talked about yesterday. By the way, Kerel will join me this coming Sunday to talk Mets baseball. He is the “godfather” of video blogging and I [...]

Preparation Equals Performance at Bloomberg

Sunday, February 13th, 2011

In God we trust; all others must bring data.” W. Edwards Deming That was the quote by long time pitching coach Rick Peterson at Bloomberg headquarters yesterday. The Bloomberg Sports team invited various types of media to showcase their updated consumer and professional statistical software. I was fortunate enough to be part of this event. Last [...]

Looking at the Top Closers Using WPA

Tuesday, January 25th, 2011

Over the weekend I mused about whether there needs to be a better way to evaluate the effectiveness of closers. Marty Noble suggested a point system, while Tom Tango of “Inside the Book” pointed me to a piece of his that used Leverage Index to weigh performance. Yesterday, NYBD reader Birtelcom recommended Baseball Reference’s WPA [...]

Eckersley’s Five Year Run Might Be the Best Ever

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

There is no doubt that Mariano Rivera is the best closer in baseball history. Last night the MLB Network was doing a short montage about closers, and Dennis Eckersley‘s transition from the starting rotation to the bullpen was highlighted. It’s been so long that you forget how good Eckersley was during a five year period [...]

The Greatest Yankees Pitching Season Ever

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Getting away from the Jeter Contract-a-Palooza nonsense, let’s talk actual sports related stuff. Topic: Who had the greatest single pitching season in Yankee history (And by history, we mean from at least the 1920s). We didn’t consider strike- or injury-shortened seasons. Here are some of the contestants. Lefty Gomez—1937: 21-11, 2.33 ERA, 25 CG, 6 [...]