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May 13, 2011

What You Missed

5/9-5/13

by Stephani Bee

Here at Baseball Prospectus, we are dedicated to providing you with oodles of cutting-edge sabermetric analysis and keeping our finger on the pulse of the baseball world. With a slew of daily articles, it’s easy for one piece to get lost in the shuffle or for you to overlook a post while you’re busy hiding your monitor from your boss. Just in case this happens to be your situation, here’s what you might have missed this week at BP.

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Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

  • It seemed to be a foregone conclusion that Justin Verlander would throw a perfect game last week when the eighth inning rolled around; the Blue Jays are one of the most hacktacular teams in the majors. But the perpetually-rebuilding Jays were spared by one of their new building blocks: J.P. Arencibia. But what, exactly, are the foundations for the new Blue Birds? Ben Kabak examines the team’s latest attempt at a rebuild and provides updates from around the AL East
  • When a pitcher suffers a significant loss in fastball velocity, many people will jump to conclusion that an injury is the underlying cause. Losing precious ticks on the gun is especially devastating to relievers. However, reduced fastball speed isn’t always an indicator of injury; it can be the ultimate case of a loss of effectiveness (hello, Javier Vazquez) or mechanical problems. Lucky for us, Mike Fast is around to help us distinguish which cases are injury-related.
  • It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…an A-Bomb from A-Rod! Wait, what? Some players seem to have superhero strength and speed, and some look the part with Hulk-like physiques from countless hours in the weight room. How do athletes measure up to their superhero counterparts? Steven Goldman investigates the power rankings.

Thursday

  • With the moundsmen dominating in last year’s “Year of the Pitcher,” the hitters worked over the offseason to fight back. How? If they couldn’t get on base as much, they could at least swipe some bags when they did reach. But some teams are much better at picking spots to dash. Which ones are they? Ben calculates the net win values of each team to show who’s a jackrabbit and who’s a turtle in this race.
  • Todd Wellemeyer never garnered headlines as a great pitcher. Heck, he was more of a journeyman. But in his major-league debut, he struck out the side and recorded a save. How much can we learn about the prospects of pitchers who have that kind of success in their major-league debut? R.J. Anderson is on the case.

Friday

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 After witnessing a pair of no-nos last week, perhaps this will be the weekend for a date with perfection. But even if it’s not, have a great one, enjoy the ballgames, and we’ll see you here on Monday 

Stephani Bee is an author of Baseball Prospectus. 
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