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November 6, 2009 12:30 pm

Checking the Numbers: Detecting Discipline

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Eric Seidman

Taking a look at a hitter's discipline and pitch sensitivities; the numbers on who's more inclined to do so may surprise you.

Ever since Billy Beane wrote Moneyball (right, Mr. Morgan?) in order to prove that the true path to success involved only seeking the services of high-OBP employees, analysts of several varieties have worked diligently to discover market inefficiencies worth exploiting. One of the areas that has risen to prominence recently, likely due to the increased availability of the data, focuses on plate discipline on both sides of the spectrum-for hitters, or induced by pitchers.

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July 22, 2009 12:54 pm

Checking the Numbers: Some Royal Perspective

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Eric Seidman

As hopeless as the situation may seem, it's important to remember the context of Dayton Moore's task.

About an hour into the film Broken Arrow-a trite Travolta action movie from the mid-'90s that happens to be a guilty pleasure of mine-one of the characters remarks that he is not sure whether it disturbs him more that a nuclear weapon had been stolen or that such a scenario had occurred frequently enough to merit the creation of a term to describe it. When news broke that Yuniesky Betancourt had been placed on the trading block, my knee-jerk reaction involved questioning who in the wide, wide world of sports would even desire his services. When it hit the pipeline that the Royals pulled the trigger and had brought him on board, I laughed somewhat cynically, reveling in the predictability of the move, thinking it indicative of Dayton Moore's tenure atop the organization. Much has been written in the wake of Moore's many questionable moves since taking over halfway through the 2006 campaign, critiquing his supposed lack of statistical prowess, and leading to some calling for his immediate dismissal. Relating the aforementioned film to the topic at hand, the fact that Betancourt personifies the type of player Moore has come to treasure in two and a half years on the job is more egregious in the eyes of many than the specific acquisition of a random, low-OBP shortstop from the Mariners.

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July 11, 2009 11:54 am

Transaction of the Day: Double Deals

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Christina Kahrl

Don't get Frenchy with me, and if you're going to Betancourt, just take it Vegas and lose already.

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January 29, 2009 2:56 pm

Transaction of the Day: Heilman-a-Go-Go

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Christina Kahrl

The Mariners' Jack Zduriencik further shuffles his cast and crew, while the Cubs sort out what they've got to do what they need.

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April 20, 2006 12:00 am

Schrodinger's Bat: Baserunning, in Two Acts

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Dan Fox

Dan takes a closer look at baserunning aggressiveness, including an analysis of rundowns.

As I write this on April 19, the Mariners are tenth in the AL in runs scored per game to go along with their 6-8 record. Last season, they were 22nd in run scoring in all of baseball, and 13th in the American League, sandwiched nicely between those offensive juggernauts, the Royals and Twins. So what Hargrove is saying about needing more runs is certainly true, but is a more aggressive baserunning style an avenue to improvement?

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