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Game Pace and the Mark Buehrle Effect

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Published: Aug 22, 2014, 4:23 pm EDT

We’re talking about pace-of-game again, in light of the recent vote to identify the next commissioner. Baseball games are taking longer and longer, with replay and constant shifting only adding to the length, and while certain fans believe it’s no issue because that’s just the beauty of baseball, this is one of those areas where […]

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Aug 22, 2014, 4:23 pm

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The Rays, the Jays, and Another Look at the Odds

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Published: Jun 4, 2014, 5:37 pm EDT

It’s been about a month since the last time I did this, so it seems like it’s time for an update. Again, eventually, you’ll be able to click on a team on the Playoff Odds page and see what the odds were on any given day. That’s still not a tool we have at our […]

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Jose Bautista’s Counter-Shift

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Published: Jun 3, 2014, 5:51 pm EDT

One of the remaining great unknowns is finding a reasonable way to evaluate the performances of coaches. With managers, we have only so much of the picture. It’s the same with hitting coaches and pitching coaches, and while sometimes we can credit a pitching coach for helping a guy learn a new pitch or smooth […]

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Jun 3, 2014, 5:51 pm

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Intent, Execution, and Edwin Encarnacion

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Published: May 30, 2014, 2:34 pm EDT

Thursday afternoon, I wrote something up regarding Edwin Encarnacion‘s power-hitting hot streak. Within a few hours of publishing, Encarnacion hit another home run, and within an hour or so of that home run, Encarnacion hit another home run. Twice, he went deep against Royals ace James Shields, and though the Blue Jays ultimately lost the […]

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May 30, 2014, 2:34 pm

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Edwin Encarnacion is Hunting

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Published: May 29, 2014, 4:48 pm EDT

One of the coolest stories taking place right now is the emergence of George Springer in Houston. Springer is among the more interesting prospects in recent years, and after a bit of a rough introduction to the majors, Springer’s caught fire. He homered again Wednesday, and over the course of the last month, Springer’s gone […]

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May 29, 2014, 4:48 pm

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The Old Mark Buehrle’s New Trick

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Published: May 15, 2014, 9:00 am EDT

Dave observed the other day on Twitter that, over the past calendar year, Mark Buehrle has been one of the better and more valuable starting pitchers in baseball. A lot of that has had to do with home-run suppression, and if you read FanGraphs often, you know how we generally feel about home-run suppression, but […]

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May 15, 2014, 9:00 am

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Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Imperfect Game

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Published: Apr 3, 2014, 2:45 pm EDT

The fastest pitch Mark Buehrle threw Wednesday was just shy of 84 miles per hour. For Buehrle, in early April, that’s not out of the ordinary, and he’s long been a guy who’s managed to make it work in the low- to mid-80s. What was a little more out of the ordinary was everything else. […]

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Apr 3, 2014, 2:45 pm

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Blue Jays Make Small Addition, Big Upgrade

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Published: Dec 2, 2013, 4:54 pm EST

J.P. Arencibia was the kind of bad that finds you. A year ago, the Blue Jays looked like competitor darlings, primarily because of a host of additions. Arencibia was hardly one of the guys to watch, and then before long it became apparent the Blue Jays were hardly one of the teams to watch. It […]

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Dec 2, 2013, 4:54 pm

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Domonic Brown and Exploring the Reality of Breakouts

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Published: Nov 14, 2013, 11:00 am EST

It was my initial intent to write something about Tuesday’s trade rumor that involved Domonic Brown and Jose Bautista. The rumor, presented straight-up, was absolutely fascinating for the implied processes and implications. But, two things: Firstly, Dave wrote a couple thousand words on the rumor, touching on a lot of what needed to be touched on. […]

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Nov 14, 2013, 11:00 am

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Buehrle and Dickey: an Update on the Pace Race

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Published: Aug 7, 2013, 11:00 am EDT

So much of what we do is try to separate the signal from the noise. That is, a lot of what we do is investigate whether what we’re looking at, statistically, is real. We’re always chasing evaluations of a player’s true talent because we want to know what that player’s going to do. We want [...]

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