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December 13, 2013

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Effectively Wild Episode 348: Robot GMs, Bartolo at Bat, and Other Listener Emails

by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller


Ben and Sam answer listener emails about trading within the division, stats on baseball broadcasts, Mike Trout, and more.

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R.A.Wagman

Stats I want tracked - pickoff attempts. They are recorded in gameday, but I know of no group that compiles the numbers and their affect on play. I spent a season once painstakingly tracking every pickoff attempt made while "my team" (Toronto) was on the basepaths. There was some interesting data, but I do not have the time to track for other teams - or even to do it again. I think we can learn loads about game strategy by delving into this.

Stats I want to see on TV - 20/80 scouting numbers for both pitchers and hitters. As these would be MLB'ers, present grades would suffice.

Dec 13, 2013 11:32 AM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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Throws to first are recorded in Retrosheet, though I don't think it distinguishes between casual throws and real pickoff attempts. Russell Carleton has written a bunch of stuff that draws on that data:

http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=22155
http://statspeakmvn.wordpress.com/2007/03/31/on-throwing-to-first-part-i/
http://statspeakmvn.wordpress.com/2007/04/06/on-throwing-to-first-part-ii/

And there was this at BP a few years ago:
http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article.php?articleid=9431

Dec 13, 2013 11:48 AM
 
R.A.Wagman

Those articles assess the impact of pickoff throws on the running. In my (albeit admittedly limited sample) study, I found an affect on the batters.
Namely, there were two types of pickoff throws. One is against guys deemed as running threats. When pickoffs were attempted at against running threats, the batters performed better.
When pickoffs were attempted against non-runners, the batters' went slightly down. Would love to know if this is a real effect.

Dec 13, 2013 12:18 PM
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BP staff member Ben Lindbergh
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Interesting. The last article I linked there shows the impact on batters, but not broken down that way.

Dec 13, 2013 12:23 PM
 
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