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July 16, 2002

Premium Article Doctoring The Numbers: Defense in Colorado

by Rany Jazayerli

Continuing our discussion from last week on how to build a team at Coors Field, this time, from the run-prevention side.

Doctoring The Numbers: Defense in Colorado

by Rany Jazayerli

July 11, 2002

Doctoring The Numbers: Offense in Colorado

by Rany Jazayerli

This year marks the tenth season of major league baseball in Denver. It is clear now that none of us fully understood what we were getting ourselves into when we allowed Rocky Mountain thin air to be unleashed on our national pastime. Nine years and literally thousands of hanging curveballs, home runs, and destroyed pitcher psyches later, we're still trying to wrap our hands around the conundrum that is baseball at altitude. (And before you mention the word "humidor", consider that with the recent run of explosive offense at Coors Field, the Rockies and their opponents have combined to score 11.74 runs per home game, compared to 8.61 runs per game on the road - a 36% increase. It may no longer be the best hitters' park of all-time - Coors Field increased run scoring by 58% from 1999 to 2001 - but it's still the best hitters' park of our generation.)

June 18, 2002

Premium Article Doctoring The Numbers: Doctoring the Numbers: Sweet Relief

by Rany Jazayerli

Nothing spoils us like greatness. It is so easy to take for granted the magnificence of once-in-a-lifetime talents like Barry Bonds or Alex Rodriguez, precisely because their greatness produces a consistency that lulls us into becoming accustomed to their exploits. Greatness isn't a quality reserved for those who take the field. The most dominant baseball figure of the past 25 years hasn't played in the major leagues since 1969. It has been 12 years since the playoffs started without a team managed by Bobby Cox, and he appears to be in no hurry to end that streak.

Doctoring The Numbers: Sweet Relief

by Rany Jazayerli

May 14, 2002

Premium Article Doctoring The Numbers: Historic Walk Rates in Montreal

by Rany Jazayerli

When a team exceeds expectations to the degree that the Expos has, it's usually quite difficult to credit this phenomenon on a single aspect of the team's play. In this particular instance, however, it's dead simple. As Rob Neyer has waxed eloquent on two separate occasions, it's all about the walks.

Doctoring The Numbers: Historic Walk Rates in Montreal

by Rany Jazayerli

March 6, 2002

Premium Article Doctoring The Numbers: Doctoring the Numbers: Improvement Ratio

by Rany Jazayerli

In the last installment of DTN, we examined the topic of whether left-handed pitchers take longer to have a breakout season than right-handers do. In the process, we had to define exactly what a "breakout" season is. I used a series of qualifiers to define the term, and it worked pretty well. But there is a much simpler definition: A breakout season is what Roy Halladay had in 2001.

Doctoring The Numbers: Improvement Ratio

by Rany Jazayerli

February 21, 2002

Doctoring The Numbers: Do Lefties "Break Out" More Than Righties?

by Rany Jazayerli

October 30, 2001

Doctoring The Numbers: Riding the Horses

by Rany Jazayerli

October 24, 2001

Doctoring The Numbers: Learning the Game

by Rany Jazayerli

October 9, 2001

Doctoring The Numbers: More on Barry Bonds

by Clay Davenport

September 18, 2001

Doctoring The Numbers: The Bonds Edition

by Rany Jazayerli

August 1, 2001

Doctoring The Numbers: Pitch Counts in 2001

by Rany Jazayerli

July 26, 2001

Doctoring The Numbers: More Homers than Walks

by Rany Jazayerli

July 18, 2001

Doctoring The Numbers: The Burroughs Hypothesis

by Rany Jazayerli

July 13, 2001

Doctoring The Numbers: The Hitters League?

by Rany Jazayerli

July 4, 2001

Doctoring The Numbers: Great Young Rotations

by Rany Jazayerli

June 20, 2001

Doctoring The Numbers: The Windy City

by Rany Jazayerli

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