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4 Rubbing Mud: The Rise of the Rover and the Fall of Dozier by Matthew Trueblood
1 Rubbing Mud: The Year of the Long Single by Matthew Trueblood
7 Baseball Therapy: Is the Whole the Sum Of Its Parts? by Russell A. Carleton
2 Flu-Like Symptoms: Marte, McCutchen, and Foolish Consistencies by Rob Mains
0 The Buyer's Guide: Jason Vargas by Eric Roseberry
1 Looking Back on Tomorrow: Colorado Rockies by Wilson Karaman
2 Baseball Therapy: Is Defense Slump-Proof? by Russell A. Carleton
6 Tools of Ignorance: Cornered by Jeff Quinton
8 Baseball Therapy: The Even Slightly More Convincing Argument Against the Shift by Russell A. Carleton
10 Baseball Therapy: The Pretty Good Case That the Shift Doesn't Work by Russell A. Carleton
1 Rubbing Mud: Stop What You're Doing And Consider The Cubs' Incredible Defense by Matthew Trueblood
20 Fifth Column: The Shift: I Am Girardicus by Michael Baumann
13 Baseball Therapy: The Crack in the Defensive Spectrum by Russell A. Carleton
5 Ducks on the Pond: The Kiermaier Can by Chris Mosch
21 Baseball Therapy: Will Statcast Cure Our Defensive Metric Blues? by Russell A. Carleton
0 What You Need to Know: September 23, 2014 by Daniel Rathman
12 Moonshot: On Regressing Defense by Robert Arthur
0 The Weekend Shift by Chris Mosch
1 Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of June by Sam Miller
0 BP Unfiltered: Cat-and-Mouse with Kevin Kiermaier by Chris Mosch
9 Notes About Baseball, 7/8 by Rocco DeMaro
2 Overthinking It: June in Catcher Framing by Ben Lindbergh
2 Overthinking It: May in Catcher Framing by Ben Lindbergh
11 Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of May by Sam Miller
1 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/23 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
6 Overthinking It: The Way in Which the A's Are Still Old-School by Ben Lindbergh
3 BP Unfiltered: This Week in Bunting to Beat the Shift, 5/16 by Ben Lindbergh and Chris Mosch
13 Overthinking It: Catcher Framing: The Season So Far by Ben Lindbergh
11 Pebble Hunting: The Best Defensive Game of April by Sam Miller
4 Framing the Future by Harry Pavlidis
47 Framing and Blocking Pitches: A Regressed, Probabilistic Model by Harry Pavlidis and Dan Brooks
37 Pebble Hunting: Extrapolating the Breakdown of Traditional Defense by Sam Miller
38 Baseball Therapy: The Corner-Outfield Inefficiency by Russell A. Carleton
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 335: Your Questions, Our Answers by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
6 Skewed Left: Shane Victorino and the Hunt for the Elusive 9-3 Putout by Zachary Levine
2 BP Unfiltered: Carlos Gomez Hates Homers, and Other 2013 Exploits in Individual Defense by Ben Lindbergh
3 Transaction Analysis: The Anti-Jeter Joins Jeter by Ben Lindbergh
14 Pebble Hunting: Appreciating Andrelton Simmons by Sam Miller
21 The Stats Go Marching In: Is it Time to Lift the Ban on Left-Handed Catchers? by Max Marchi
12 Baseball Therapy: I Thought He Was Gonna Get It by Russell A. Carleton
0 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 237: Stats That Won't Last/No-Hitters and No-Walkers/The Worst Shortstop Ever/A Pitcher Who Can Hit/The All-Bunting Team/Trading Top Prospects for Trout/Pint-Sized Power Hitters by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
3 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 233: Munenori Kawasaki and Clubhouse Chemistry/The Tigers, Strikeouts, and Defense by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
5 Baseball ProGUESTus: The Defensive Brilliance of Brendan Ryan by Ryan Divish
4 Baseball Therapy: Is There a Pinch-Fielding Penalty? by Russell A. Carleton
3 The Stats Go Marching In: Measuring Catcher Framing in the Minor Leagues by Max Marchi
1 BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 217: Umpires, Catchers, and Home Field Advantage/Forming a Wall/The Anti-DH Movement/Lengthening Games by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller
0 Prospectus Q&A: Russell Martin and Ryan Hanigan by Ben Lindbergh
5 BP Unfiltered: Chris Stewart and Miguel Montero on Catcher Receiving Skills by Ben Lindbergh
3 BP Unfiltered: An AL Scout on Evaluating Catcher Receiving Skills by Ben Lindbergh
1 BP Unfiltered: Kevin Towers on Catcher Receiving Skills by Ben Lindbergh
More brave bunters fight the good fight against the defensive shift. At one position, the A's are still Moneyballing like it's 1999.
For the most part, pitch receiving operates on a level that’s easy to overlook. Over thousands of pitches, certain catchers establish an edge, and those edges add up in a way we can’t see without looking at a leaderboard. Every now and then, though, framing on a small scale comes to the fore, usually when it leads to a larger event.
, let’s say, Brett Lawrie strikes out looking out a pitch that appears to be outside, hurls his batting helmet at the home plate umpire, and gets ejected from the game. Our first impulse, like Lawrie’s, is to blame the umpire who blew the call. After reviewing the video, though, we realize that the real culprit was , in the catcher’s box, with the catcher’s glove. The ump was a red herring, a patsy, or maybe an unwitting accomplice. Jose Molina Read the full article...
Bunts against the shift: up 100 percent since last season.
Framing leaders, best and worst receptions, and a bunch of glorious GIFs.
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May 2, 2014 6:15 am
Involving an unexpected source.
Good days at the plate are pretty easy to identify. If you’re looking for the best game any hitter had in April, you can look at total bases (as in ’s three-homer game) or at hits (as in Ryan Braun ’s 6-for-6 game) or at win probability added (as when Charlie Blackmon hit two homers, including a walk-off, for a one-game .906 WPA); or, simply RE24, which would lead you back to Blackmon, who produced more than five runs all by himself. Similarly, for pitchers, pretty easy: Kyle Seager ’s 9/1/0/0/2/11 was the month’s best game score, though you might opt for Andrew Cashner ’s 8/3/0/0/0/14 for dominance or Jose Fernandez ’s 1-0 shutout for value. Julio Teheran
The best receiving catchers (and the best receiving teams) of the upcoming season.
One of the benefits of our
recently released catching defense metrics is they’re essentially ready-to-project, thanks to the regression feature of the model (the "R" in RPM). RPM also gives us two ways to assign value to framing, one using context (the ball-strike count) and one using a flat value (recently adjusted* to ~.155 runs).
Read the full article... The best blockers and receivers, revealed.
[T]he expected runs produced from each plate appearance starting with a strike decreases by .029 runs and increases by .040 for every ball thrown on a first pitch. In other words, having as many of those 0-0 'striballs' called strikes can greatly impact the outcome of the game.
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November 26, 2013 6:00 am
Infield shifts are just the beginning.
One of the most interesting things about extreme infield shifts is how unextreme they are. They are like
some lame grownup’s idea of extreme, a little bit of flash and inconvenience but ultimately very safe. The shift was invented by sane people. Real extreme comes from insanity, and it makes us deeply uncomfortable.
Everybody’s talking about the football coach who never punts—4th and 15 at his own five-yard line, he’s going for it. That’s
fearless. It’s hard to think of a baseball equivalent, one that would work or even one that might work. Russell Carleton this week explored the listener-suggested idea of having the left and right fielders swap, depending on batter handedness, to make sure the better defender gets more attempts to field the ball. The gory math supports the use of the relatively conservative proposal, but Carleton concludes what we can't help but conclude: The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
November 25, 2013 6:09 am
Are teams passing up an advantage by not telling their corner outfielders to trade places based on the batter?
Friday’s episode of Effectively Wild, listener Matt Trueblood emailed the show to ask Ben and Sam a fascinating question. Why is it that teams do not have their left and right fielders switch places more often, particularly if one of them is a better fielder than the other? We know that some players like to pull the ball, while others like to hit to the opposite field. Why not put the better fielder in the place where it’s more likely that the ball will be hit? It’s a fascinating question because there is no rule that prohibits it from happening. In the era of the infield shift, why hasn’t anyone tried this? Read the full article...
November 22, 2013 6:01 am
Ben and Sam answer listener emails about switching positions between batters, specialist scouts, risk-averse skippers, a team of top prospects, and more.
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October 25, 2013 6:04 am
What has to happen for a right fielder to throw out a runner at first?
According to his
SABR bio, “Wild Bill” Johnson, the Tigers’ ace at the dawn of the last century, was described by sportswriters at the time as both a “slant ball pitcher” and “a giant (who) pitches, hits and fields equally well.” In his six postseason starts in 1907, 1908, and 1909, he had a 2.88 but never did live up to that second portion. ERA
The career .193 hitter went 0-for-16 in the postseason. He almost had a hit in
Game 4 of the 1907 World Series, going up against —who was also in the news when Orval Overall tied his previously unmatched record of four strikeouts in a postseason inning. Anibal Sanchez The remainder of this post cannot be viewed at this subscription level. Please click here to subscribe.
September 16, 2013 12:02 pm
Carlos Gomez is a prolific home run thief, but he might not be the only fielder having a special defensive season.
hates homers. Allowing them, that is. Gomez took a homer away from Carlos Gomez on Sunday, which gave him five home run robberies on the season, according to Baseball Info Solutions. That's Jay Bruce the most they've recorded for any fielder in a single season in the 10 years that they've been keeping track. I've collected all five here: Read the full article...