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July 24, 2014

TTO Scoresheet Podcast

All About Failure

by Ian Lefkowitz, Ben Murphy and Jared Weiss


This week on the podcast, we tackled topics concerning failure. We did our part to run in circles around the Astros draft saga and also answered some reader questions. We also spent some time considering and discussing our collective failures as Scoresheet owners in 2014. One of the things we’d like to do is setup a framework for analyzing teams that underperform, in order to identify potential improvements, patterns of mistakes, or other ways that we could have done better on draft day.

The first step is to gather information and data, including the draft day valuations, the real life MLB performance of players to date, and the Scoresheet performance of players to date. The Baseball Prospectus Team Tracker is a helpful tool to get this information, and the remainder can be found on the Scoresheet league pages. Be careful when analyzing team-level results, especially if you’ve made personnel changes (i.e. traded away short term value), because they may not be indicative of mistakes you made on draft day, but the aftermath of going Full Rebuild (tm?).

The next step is to compare the draft day expectations to the real life performance, and then compare the real life performance to Scoresheet performance. In the first comparison, you can figure out whether or not players had a bad season in general, and hopefully identify any potential patterns in the guys you drafted that performed poorly. Perhaps you took too many guys trying to recover from injury or too many veterans on the precipice of collapse, and these are the kinds of things you can avoid going forward. In the second comparison, you can figure out whether you were utilizing the players appropriately on your Scoresheet roster. In most cases, you should be able to get better performance in Scoresheet from your pitchers than in real life by using aggressive hooks like we’ve discussed, and padding the bullpen with some depth.

As warranted, you can dig into some detail on particular players performing below expectations. We’d focus on the key Scoresheet metrics: PA,

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