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September 22, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Popping the Clutch

by James Click

James takes a crack at win probability and the concept of clutch, and discovers that a certain media darling is just not clutch.

September 16, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: No Team without M-E

by James Click

Depending on your definition of "value," Derrek Lee might be the MVP this year. He won't win the award, though. James explains why.

September 8, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: The Bull in the Pen

by James Click

James tackles the divide between the way the mainstream media values relievers, and the way more advanced metrics do.

September 1, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: In Reverse

by James Click

Our view of the season would be very different if it had played out exactly in reverse to reality. James rewinds the year, and shows us how.

August 25, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Going Streaking

by James Click

Last week's column on the Royals' losing streak generated a lot of discussion, and revealed some errors. James sets things straight this time around.

August 18, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Royal Flush

by James Click

The Royals' losing streak is approaching some of the longest in baseball history, but it's notable for another reason. James breaks out Pascal's Triangle to crunch the numbers.

August 12, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: The A's Take Over

by James Click

With a wild end to the three-game series between the teams, the A's passed the Angels in the AL West. James ponders how it happened, and what it means.

August 11, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Do Not Pass Go, Do Not Collect $200

by James Click

Are some of the turnarounds we've seen in the second half of the season because teams are plating more of their baserunners? James takes a closer look.

August 4, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Objects at Rest

by James Click

James answers a reader question about the effect of consecutive games played on a team's W-L record.

July 28, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Stopped Short

by James Click

James Click takes a closer at this year's regrettable crop of National League shortstops.

July 21, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: There's no 'D' In Cincinnati

by James Click

How are the Reds progressing in their quest to be the worst defensive team since 1972? And what other surprises lurk inside our Defensive Efficiency numbers?

July 14, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Subroutines

by James Click

James wonders if there's anything to the myth that players hit better when playing their natural positions.

July 7, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Un-Stars

by James Click

In the long history of the All-Star Game, there have been some really marginal players who have made the cut. Here are the worst.

June 30, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Left Wing Conspiracy

by James Click

Why is it that so many of the greatest hitters of all time bat from the left side of the plate? Is there more than just their platoon advantage? James takes a swing at an answer.

June 23, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Seeing Red

by James Click

The woes in Cincinnati don't start in the dugout. They start on the mound, and in the front office.

June 16, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: The Bronx Defense

by James Click

The Yankees' defense is bad, but it's not the worst in the game this year. James has the low down on who just can't catch the ball.

June 10, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Protons:Electrons::Swinging:Looking

by James Click

James Click breaks out the Ginsu knives to slice and dice strikeouts in different ways.

June 2, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Eight Is Enough

by James Click

Is the common National League strategy of pitching around the eighth-place hitter the right move? James breaks down the numbers.

May 26, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Saving for Another Day

by James Click

With a game out of hand, is it worth it to pull a pitcher to save him for his next start? James has the answer.

May 19, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Getting Bigger All the Time

by James Click

There seems to be more offense from traditionally defensive positions than ever before. But are some growing faster than others?

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