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0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 644: 2015 Season Preview Series: Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 Pitching Backward: Why Relievers Get A Free Pass by Jeff Long
0 TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 45: I'm A Human Gusher by Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 643: 2015 Season Preview Series: St. Louis Cardinals by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 47: He Good, As People Say by Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 642: The Gambling, Brackets, and Bonds Edition by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 Every Team's Moneyball: dead by Nick Wheatley-Schaller
12 BP Unfiltered: Which Position Would Win A Tournament of Positions? by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 641: 2015 Season Preview Series: Seattle Mariners by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
2 Rumor Roundup: Olivera on the run/Driving in the sun/Looking out for Number 1 by Chris Mosch
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 640: 2015 Season Preview Series: Boston Red Sox by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
6 BP Unfiltered: Everything You Could Have Learned This Week, 3/20/15 by Ian Frazer
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 639: 2015 Season Preview Series: Tampa Bay Rays by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
3 Baseball Prospectus Book News: Futures Guide 2015 Is Here! by Geoff Young
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 638: 2015 Season Preview Series: San Francisco Giants by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 637: The Interviews, Ejections, and Injuries Edition by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
2 BP Unfiltered: More On This Week's Play Index by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 636: 2015 Season Preview Series: Oakland Athletics by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
11 Rubbing Mud: Counts Are Crushing Offense by Matthew Trueblood
3 Every Team's Moneyball: testing by Rob McQuown
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 635: 2015 Season Preview Series: Texas Rangers by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 634: 2015 Season Preview Series: San Diego Padres by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
3 BP Unfiltered: The Most Volatile Starting Rotations, the Least Volatile Starters by Sam Miller
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 633: 2015 Season Preview Series: Detroit Tigers by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 An Agent's Take: h by Joshua Kusnick
18 An Agent's Take: The Last Free Agents Signed by Joshua Kusnick
8 BP Unfiltered: A Brief Introduction by Jim Walsh
2 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 46: What's A Sleeper? by Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 631: 2015 Season Preview Series: Chicago Cubs by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 BP Unfiltered: A Kershaw Day fun fact by Zachary Levine
98 Baseball Prospectus News: BP's New Owners by Dave Pease
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 630: 2015 Team Preview Series: New York Mets by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
3 TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 44 Hello? by Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 629: 2015 Season Preview Series: Toronto Blue Jays by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 628: 2015 Season Preview Series: Miami Marlins by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 BP Unfiltered: test by R.J. Anderson
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 627: Saving the Strike Zone, the NL Ascendant, and Other Emails by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
1 The BP Wayback Machine: Can Spring Training Slugging Really Predict Breakouts? by Jon Shepherd and Ben Lindbergh
0 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 45: Wearing Down Mike Gianella by Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 626: 2015 Season Preview Series: Cleveland Indians by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 625: 2015 Season Preview Series: New York Yankees by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 624: 2015 Season Preview Series: Pittsburgh Pirates by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 623: 2015 Season Preview Series: Cincinnati Reds by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 622: 2015 Season Preview Series: Milwaukee Brewers by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
0 TINO (There Is No Offseason): Ep. 43: I'm Just A Real Big Meepits Fan by Ben Carsley, Bret Sayre, Craig Goldstein and Mauricio Rubio
2 Flags Fly Forever Podcast: Ep. 44: Crash And Burn by Bret Sayre, Mike Gianella and Mauricio Rubio
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 621: The Moncada Contract, Win Expectancy, and the High-Five Hypothetical by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Unfiltered: Does This Record Mean Anything? by Sam Miller
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 620: 2015 Season Preview Series: Chicago White Sox by Ben Lindbergh, Sam Miller and Sahadev Sharma
2 Pitching Backward: Which Hitters Have it Toughest? by Jeff Long
Ben and Sam preview the Rays' season with Adam Sobsey, and Sahadev talks to FOX Sports Florida writer Andrew Astleford (at 36:22).
The 2015 edition of the Baseball Prospectus prospect guide is now available.
Ben and Sam preview the Giants' season with Grant Brisbee, and Sahadev talks to CSN Bay Area Giants Insider Alex Pavlovic (at 32:06).
Ben, Sam, and guest Jake Silverman banter about Tommy Lasorda and franchise players, then answer listener emails about interviews, ejections, and MLB information-sharing. Pitchers per start as a decent proxy for pitcher quality.
As Effectively Wild listeners know, each email episode includes a statistical query that I do using Baseball-Reference's Play Index tool. Sometimes the results are easier to see than to read, like
this week's, so here's a companion article about the search. The question was: Who, since 2000, has thrown the fewest pitches per start in a season? Read the full article...
Ben and Sam preview the Athletics' season with Philip Michaels, and Sahadev talks to Bay Area News Group A's beat writer John Hickey (at 22:50).
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March 17, 2015 6:00 am
Trends in leaguewide offense can be closely tracked to the counts hitters find themselves in.
At-bats are baseball’s fundamental building blocks. Good at-bats make for good games. Ninety percent of the suspense and rising action in baseball lives in the episodic unfolding of a plate appearance. Of course, not all plate appearances are created equal. In fact, it’s a pretty radical time in MLB history, in terms of the anatomy of a trip to the plate. On Friday, I wrote a piece that explored the surprising way the Twins attack the first pitch—
or rather, don’t. Today, I want to dig more into at-bats, from beginning to end, to see how their inner workings are different than they were 25 years ago—or 20, or 10, or even five.
First, let’s revisit what happens right away. The first pitch is a high-leverage offering. In fact, what happens on that pitch has never mattered more. In 2014, batters hit .336/.341/.526 on the first pitch. If you’re unfamiliar with how these things work, maybe that sounds terrific. It’s not. Of the 27 seasons for which we have data, that .867
ranks 16th. Compare it to the overall league run environment, though, and it positively shines. OPS
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March 16, 2015 1:54 pm
— Welcome to the Wins are the end goal, but each of the 30 teams are obtaining them in dThis is a test of season previews. For the next three weeks, BP authors will be writing about what each team does best in pursuit of wins. We will parse statistics, transactions, news, and quotes in an effort to identify the market inefficiency each team is taking advantage of. Baseball Prospectus 2015 . This is another Test of Sam Miller Jim Walsh! ifferent ways by prioritizing certain initiatives. Today, we begin the series with last year's World Series players, the and San Francisco Giants Kansas City Royals. Andrew Koo The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
Ben and Sam preview the Rangers' season with Russell Carleton, and Sahadev talks to FOX Sports Southwest reporter Anthony Andro (at 28:13).
Ben and Sam preview the Padres' season with Miles Wray, and Sahadev talks to MLB.com Padres writer Corey Brock (at 20:33).
Estimated time to read this article: One minute, 40 seconds.
Ben and Sam preview the Tigers' season with Ken Funck, and Sahadev talks to MLB.com Tigers writer Jason Beck about the big league club (at 21:25).