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May 12, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Are 'Roids the Reason

by James Click

You've seen the stories saying that home runs are down. But are steroids really to blame?

May 5, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Do Not Pass Go

by James Click

James Click LOBs a few thoughts on teams struggling to knock in runs.

April 28, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: The Ivy is Always Greener...

by James Click

LaTroy Hawkins has blown two saves this year and has a reputation of cracking in high-leverage situations. But is there any evidence in his performance to suggest he can't be a closer? James Click takes a look.

April 21, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: April Fools

by James Click

While April performances have to be regarded with a dose of skepticism, they shouldn't be dismissed entirely.

April 14, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Sizing Up Small Sample Size

by James Click

Can we infer anything from the early days of the season? James Click takes a closer look.

April 7, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: On the Run

by James Click

When announcers talk about pitchers being distracted by baserunners, is that just another baseball myth? James has the answers.

April 5, 2005

Prospectus Triple Play: Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies

by James Click

The White Sox debate the immediate future of Brandon McCarthy, the A's get a new owner and the Phillies could look into an infielder-for-pitcher trade.

March 31, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Neither Snow Nor Sleet...

by James Click

James reaches into the mailbag to answer questions on strikeouts, weather, extra-innings games and more.

March 30, 2005

Premium Article 2005--Setting the Stage: Oh, the Numbers You'll See...

by James Click

What should 752 or 488 mean to a baseball fan in 2005? James Click breaks it down.

March 24, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Whiff or Whiff-Out You

by James Click

How much does a strikeout cost a player compared to other outs? James breaks it down.

March 17, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Wild Wild West

by James Click

James Click is in Arizona this week taking in some Cactus League games, and files a field report on how things are shaping up for some Left Coast teams.

March 10, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: The Only Constant Is Change

by James Click

James Click takes another look at park factors, finding more variance than expected.

March 8, 2005

Prospectus Triple Play: Chicago White Sox, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies

by James Click

The White Sox have work to do on their baserunning, the A's have some work to do sorting through bullpen arms, and the Phillies have a few players who want some work.

March 3, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: The Morning After

by James Click

What effect do extra-inning games and doubleheaders have on teams? We give you the lowdown on baseball's version of overtime

February 24, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: More on the Lineup

by James Click

Following up last week's column, James continues to explore optimal lineup construction.

February 17, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Playing With the Lineup

by James Click

How much difference does batting order make? James Click tests some popular--and not-so-popular--approaches.

February 10, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: More Time in the Park

by James Click

Two hypotheses down, one to go: James Click tries again to divine truth from park factors.

February 3, 2005

Premium Article Crooked Numbers: Park Effects on Pitcher Types

by James Click

James Click launches his new column with a look at whether groundball and flyball pitchers are affected differently by parks. The results surprised him.

January 12, 2005

Premium Article The Lowe-Down: Getting Inside the Numbers on the Dodgers' New Starter

by James Click

Derek Lowe's four-year agreement with the Dodgers seems well out of line with his recent performance. Will changing coasts be enough to make him a pitcher worth $9 million a year?

November 9, 2004

Premium Article Time to Get PADE Again: Park Effects on Team Defense

by James Click

An improved version of last winter's attempt to adjust Defensive Efficiency for park effects yields some interesting results.

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