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June 15, 2011

Spinning Yarn: Vogelsong Poetry

by Mike Fast

Examining the approach that has made Ryan Vogelsong a giant among Giants with the aid of PITCHf/x.

June 1, 2011

Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone, Part 2

by Mike Fast

When it comes to determining the actual upper and lower boundaries of the zone, pitchers may have more to tell us than the players at the plate.

May 23, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Catcher Interference Leaders

by Mike Fast

Catcher interference leaders among batters, catchers, and pitchers 2007-2011

May 11, 2011

Spinning Yarn: Speed Traps

by Mike Fast

How can we distinguish between benign fluctuations in fastball speed and those that indicate injury or ineffectiveness ahead?

April 27, 2011

Spinning Yarn: A Soria Subject

by Mike Fast

Do his early-season struggles suggest that Royals closer Joakim Soria's best days lie behind him, or can he succeed with a different style?

April 12, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Early PITCHf/x Ballpark Speeds

by Mike Fast

A quick check on the PITCHf/x speed calibrations in the first two weeks of 2011

April 7, 2011

BP Unfiltered: In the Beginning...

by Mike Fast

Examining season-starting losing streaks

March 30, 2011

Spinning Yarn: Do Spring Speeds Matter?

by Mike Fast

Mike examines whether velocity changes in March and April can reveal whether the radar gun will be a pitcher's friend or foe throughout the season.

March 29, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Community Playing Time Forecasts

by Mike Fast

Tango's community playing time forecasts for 2011

March 20, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Pineiro Shoulder Tightness

by Mike Fast

Leading indicators of the Pineiro shoulder injury in his fastball speed data from March 15

March 11, 2011

BP Unfiltered: You Are the Weekend Links

by Mike Fast

A summary of some of the best sabermetric articles from the preceding couple weeks

March 2, 2011

Spinning Yarn: How Accurate is PitchTrax?

by Mike Fast

Before you yell at the umpire, consider making a few adjustments to your dataset.

February 26, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Week Links

by Mike Fast

Articles from around the saber community this week

February 24, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Did Wainwright Drop His Arm Angle?

by Mike Fast

Examining Buster Olney's claim that scouts saw Adam Wainwright's arm angle drop down the stretch in 2010

February 23, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Do Premier Pitchers Release Within the Zone?

by Mike Fast

Evaluating Rick Peterson's claim that premier pitchers release the ball within the horizontal dimensions of the strike zone

February 16, 2011

Spinning Yarn: The Real Strike Zone

by Mike Fast

Examining umpire calling and catcher framing leads to thought-provoking questions about the amorphous nature of the strike zone.

February 15, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Derek Low

by Mike Fast

Average pitch locations for starting pitchers 2007-2010 against left-handed and right-handed batters

January 19, 2011

Premium Article Spinning Yarn: Rafael Soriano in King Mo's Court

by Mike Fast

With the addition of Soriano, the Yankees have another hurler with a strong cut fastball.

January 4, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Mariners Pitcher Release Points

by Mike Fast

Game-to-game fastball release point history for pitchers on the Seattle Mariners roster this offseason

January 3, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Phillies Pitcher Release Points

by Mike Fast

Game-to-game release point history for the pitchers on the Phillies roster

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