Posted 3 years ago
Amazin ‘Avenue Annual, (ACTA publishing) which you can purchase at Amazon, Barnes & Noble (online and at the brick and mortar) and from ACTA Publishing directly.
Posted 3 years ago
The problem goes back to all of our decision-making foibles. Memory is overrated. We remember things that confirm our beliefs and ignore everything else. So without good statistics that force us to confront the objective reality of things, we are hopelessly stuck in the caverns of our own heads, tricked into believing that we are being objective and fair-minded when really the opposite is true. The cynical role that sports talk serves in this town is being an echo chamber for small-mindedness.
Posted 3 years ago
Oh, were those Mets ever luxurious. And they really did seem to spend an entire season 20 games beyond the grasp of the mortal and the earthbound. Their precise first-place margin printed any given morning in the National League East standings varied, but the key point was they were in first place; they were in first place by a ton; and you knew in your heart of Mets fan hearts that as long as 1986 rolled on, they would never be out of first place.

The Year of Living Invincibly - Greg W. Prince - MSG.com
Oh, were those Mets ever luxurious. And they really did seem to spend an entire season 20 games beyond the grasp of the mortal and the earthbound. Their precise first-place margin printed any given morning in the National League East standings varied, but the key point was they were in first place; they were in first place by a ton; and you knew in your heart of Mets fan hearts that as long as 1986 rolled on, they would never be out of first place.
The Year of Living Invincibly - Greg W. Prince - MSG.com
Posted 3 years ago
2. Let me repeat that, because it’s pretty important: Cheering in a press box is the moral equivalent of shitting on the floor beside a delicious Chinese buffet that’s hosting a children’s birthday party and then going outside and killing a kindly, mystical hobo and using his stiffened corpse to derail a speeding locomotive, spilling a tanker filled with toxic chemicals into the world’s last pristine river and killing all the fish, including the aged and orphans among them.
Posted 3 years ago
On the whole, Mike Pelfrey had a very solid 2010 season. Things started out strong, leading many to think that he was snubbed at the All-Star Game (Personally, I was not one of them), got a little dicey there in the middle, and ended fairly successful. All in all, he posted career low ERA, WHIP, FIP, xFIP, K/9, HR/9, K/BB, and BAA rates, and ended the season with a 2.9 WAR, the second highest in his career (trailing his career-high 2008 WAR by a tenth of a point). There’s definitely room to improve, however. Even if you’re Bob Gibson, there’s room for improvement. (via Mike Pelfrey Under The Microscope: Part I - Amazin’ Avenue)

On the whole, Mike Pelfrey had a very solid 2010 season. Things started out strong, leading many to think that he was snubbed at the All-Star Game (Personally, I was not one of them), got a little dicey there in the middle, and ended fairly successful. All in all, he posted career low ERA, WHIP, FIP, xFIP, K/9, HR/9, K/BB, and BAA rates, and ended the season with a 2.9 WAR, the second highest in his career (trailing his career-high 2008 WAR by a tenth of a point). There’s definitely room to improve, however. Even if you’re Bob Gibson, there’s room for improvement. (via Mike Pelfrey Under The Microscope: Part I - Amazin’ Avenue)

Posted 3 years ago
AL EAST
Red Sox       98
Yankees       94
Rays          87
Baltimore     81
Blue Jays     79

AL CENTRAL
Twins         87
Tigers        83
White Sox     79
Cleveland     73
Royals        68

AL WEST
Rangers       85
Angels        79
Athletics     78
Mariners      76

NL EAST
Phillies      90
Marlins       85
Mets          84
Braves        82
Nationals     74

NL CENTRAL
Brewers       84
Cardinals     83
Cubs          82
Reds          80
Pirates       71
Astros        60

NL WEST
Rockies       90
Giants        84
Padres        80
Dodgers       79
Diamondbacks  75
Posted 3 years ago
Possible Perez Peroration Applesauce - Dickey sharp in spring debut, Cuban not in on Mets, Paulino by weekend - Amazin’ Avenue

The Mets have not won a whole lot in Spring Training so far, but the important thing is that it’s not the fault of the key players. R.A. Dickey, for example, picked up where he left off last year and isn’t letting that new contract get to his head. And, in case you weren’t excited for Spring Training yet, today you get a chance to see BOTH Oliver Perez AND Francisco Rodriguez pitch! As an added bonus, you may get to see Sandy Alderson can Perez.

Possible Perez Peroration Applesauce - Dickey sharp in spring debut, Cuban not in on Mets, Paulino by weekend - Amazin’ Avenue

The Mets have not won a whole lot in Spring Training so far, but the important thing is that it’s not the fault of the key players. R.A. Dickey, for example, picked up where he left off last year and isn’t letting that new contract get to his head. And, in case you weren’t excited for Spring Training yet, today you get a chance to see BOTH Oliver Perez AND Francisco Rodriguez pitch! As an added bonus, you may get to see Sandy Alderson can Perez.
Posted 3 years ago
At Baseball Prospectus, Mike Fast discusses the heretofore unknown accuracy of BIS (Baseball Info Solutions) pitch location data by comparing it to the generally known accuracy of PITCHf/x strike zone data.

At Baseball Prospectus, Mike Fast discusses the heretofore unknown accuracy of BIS (Baseball Info Solutions) pitch location data by comparing it to the generally known accuracy of PITCHf/x strike zone data.

Posted 3 years ago

"Last year there was a lot of inconsistency with my mechanics," Bay said. "That leads to a lot of, ‘Okay, you’re doing this, let’s try that,’ when all you’re really doing is band-aiding a bunch of problems and creating new ones."

What Bay is doing with Hudgens now, he said, is “kind of relearning from the foundation up, so when things go bad, because they always do at some point, you’ve got a place to go. You know what works rather than just kind of, ‘Hey, I don’t know what’s going on, I’m just going to keep swinging and hope I get out of this.’”

Posted 3 years ago
The Beyond the Boxscore Podcast.

Episode 7, featuring interviews with Jeff Sullivan from Lookout Landing, Jason Parks from Baseball Time In Arlington, and Patrick Newman from NPB Tracker.

The Beyond the Boxscore Podcast.

Episode 7, featuring interviews with Jeff Sullivan from Lookout Landing, Jason Parks from Baseball Time In Arlington, and Patrick Newman from NPB Tracker.