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February 13, 2014 6:00 am

Skewed Left: Fun with 2014 PECOTA Comparables

9

Zachary Levine

A look at the players who are just meant to be together.

As a non-fantasy player going on eight years clean, and also as a non-baseball team employee, I might not be the precise target audience for our PECOTA projection system.

Still, PECOTA Day continues to be one of my favorite days of the year, and I think the player comps are a huge part of the reason why. Comparisons are a dangerous thing in baseball. They can be too binding and too racial. They can set too high an expectation—the draft day comps on television are particularly laughable. They can cloud judgment.

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February 13, 2013 5:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Fun with 2013 PECOTA Comparables

18

Sam Miller

A guided tour of the sometimes silly, sometimes sensible PECOTA comparables.

My sense is that, of all the fields in the PECOTA spreadsheets, the one least likely to help you in any way is the comparables column. When you see a projection for a player’s WARP, or his OBP, or his games played, you’re getting usable, valuable data. You can go win a fantasy league with it. You can impress that girl you’re dating with your intense knowledge of Delmon Young’s future. You can use all the free time that you’ll have after that girl stops returning your calls to learn a new language. Super usable.

The comps field, though, isn’t. Sometimes it’ll trick you into thinking it’s usable:

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