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August 14, 2007

Prospectus Toolbox: Non-Contact Part III

by Derek Jacques

The Strikeout Kings play songs of love for fans of the unhappy third of the three true outcomes.

August 7, 2007

Prospectus Toolbox: Non-Contact Part II: More on Strikeouts

by Derek Jacques

The effects of pitcher pacing and ballparks on players getting punched out at home plate.

July 24, 2007

Prospectus Toolbox: Non-contact, Part One

by Derek Jacques

Measuring the rate at which a pitcher strikes batters out is an important part of the toolbox.

July 17, 2007

Prospectus Toolbox: Even Further Reading

by Derek Jacques

Look, you've got even more homework, but it's the kind you're going to like.

July 10, 2007

Prospectus Toolbox: Small Samples and All-Star Berths

by Derek Jacques

If you want fame, acclamation, and All-Star recognition, maybe playing time--more playing time--is the best way to judge.

July 3, 2007

Prospectus Toolbox: Measuring Team Defense

by Derek Jacques

Applying statistical tools to defensive performance is often the quickest way to a fight between traditional baseball minds and performance analysts. At the team level, however, you can learn a lot.

June 26, 2007

Prospectus Toolbox: A Secret Affair

by Derek Jacques

Derek admits to a forbidden love for an old flame in the statistical drawer.

June 19, 2007

Prospectus Toolbox: Dying Quails and Pitchers BABIP

by Derek Jacques

Explaining where we're at with DIPS, BABIP, and how much you can blame the pitcher for anything in particular.

June 12, 2007

Prospectus Toolbox: Neutral—Like Switzerland, Like Ecru

by Derek Jacques

All you need to know but might have been reluctant to ask about BP's Support-Neutral stats

June 5, 2007

Prospectus Toolbox: Reliever Tools

by Derek Jacques

If you're unfamiliar with how BP evaluates relievers, Derek's ready to make an introduction or two.

May 22, 2007

Prospectus Toolbox: Toolbox at the Mailbox

by Derek Jacques

Derek responds to reader mail on the subject of "why VORP and WARP?"

May 15, 2007

Prospectus Toolbox: Value Over Replacement Player

by Derek Jacques

Our latest offering, Prospectus Toolbox will cover a BP metric each week, explaining the methods behind the numbers, and how you can best use our tools to enhance your understanding of the game.

April 3, 2007

Prospectus Game of the Week: Tampa Bay Devil Rays at New York Yankees, April 2, 2007

by Derek Jacques

Derek takes in the Opening Day sights and captures the reigning mood among discontented fans in a packed Yankee Stadium.

March 22, 2007

Premium Article Hope and Faith: How the Tampa Bay Devil Rays Can Win the World Series

by Derek Jacques

Past championship success stories, Derek writes, should inspire Joe Maddon's guys.

February 8, 2007

Premium Article Caribbean Series: Day Six

by Derek Jacques

Derek views the series' conclusion from all the remaining angles.

February 7, 2007

Premium Article Caribbean Series: Day Five

by Derek Jacques

There's still another day of baseball left to be played, but this Series has already crowned a champion.

February 6, 2007

Caribbean Series: Day Four

by Derek Jacques

As the Caribbean Series rolls on, the Dominicans continue to stifle the opposition, and the frustration of the Mexicans begins to boil over.

February 5, 2007

Premium Article Caribbean Series: Day Three

by Derek Jacques

Day Three featured two lopsided victories. Live in Puerto Rico, Derek passes on what caught his attention.

February 3, 2007

Caribbean World Series: Day One

by Derek Jacques

The longest game in Caribbean Series history made for a very long day for one intrepid reporter.

February 2, 2007

Premium Article Caribbean Series: Round Robin Preview

by Derek Jacques

Puerto Rico hosts a wondrous refuge for baseball fans during Super Bowl weekend, and it's going to be a fun one.

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