Archive for March, 2011

Reminder: Dugout Central Challenge picks due Thursday

Sunday, March 27th, 2011 by KerryWhisnant

Time’s running out, don’t miss the boat!

Third Annual Dugout Central Challenge

Sunday, March 20th, 2011 by KerryWhisnant

Who are the best teams? Who are the worst teams? And just how good or bad are they? Dugout Central staff and readers are again challenged to predict win totals for all thirty MLB teams.

Re(de)fining The Quality Start

Thursday, March 17th, 2011 by KerryWhisnant

In a recent Dugout Central article, John Bowen asked if the quality start is a bad statistic. In this article I present data on how often a team wins given how long the starting pitcher lasts and how many earned runs he allows, and suggest two possible redefinitions of the quality start.

Thursday, March 17th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Another oldie from last year, but with a pretty signfiicant addition from this past year!

Wednesday, March 16th, 2011 by Chuck

If there is one thing which is synonomous with Spring Training and the return of baseball, it’s March Madness. For many years, MLB’s opening day coincided with the playing of the National Championship game of college basketball.
I personally follow college basketball more closely than I do just about any other sport, partly because my alma [...]

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 by Chuck

By Bob Owens
So far during Spring Training, Miguel Cabrera, Austin Kearns and Coco Crisp have been arrested for drinking and driving. The Kearns case is even more disturbing than the other two as his incident took place a month before Spring Training began and he intentionally attempted to cover up the situation while his agent [...]

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 by JohnBowen

This is an old one from last year, but I’m honestly not sure if/when the archives are coming back; in the meantime, enjoy this one!

2011 Rookies to Watch: American League Edition

Sunday, March 13th, 2011 by Chuck

Sorry for the delay on this, my work schedule and responsibilities have change three times since the first week of February, I hardly know what day it is anymore, much less have time to do anything. Plus, with Spring Training in full swing, any free time I have is usually spent watching a handful of [...]

Fantasy Baseball 2011

Thursday, March 10th, 2011 by JohnBowen

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Thoughts on Wins and Quality Starts

Thursday, March 10th, 2011 by JohnBowen

In an article published earlier this week on his blog-that’s-not-a-blog, Murray Chass raised some interesting points about pampered pitchers in this day and age. The article made some interesting points with regards to pitch counts and 5-man rotations, but he goes on to bring up some questionable points with regards to how pitchers are evaluated.
Chass [...]

The All-Time Boston Red Sox Team, By Season

Thursday, March 10th, 2011 by JohnBowen

Could Adrian Gonzalez be on his way to edging himself in?

Thomas Wayne’s 2011 Predictions – World Series Edition

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 by ThomasWayne

For those of you not wanting to read the long winded versions of my multiple predictions and just want to see who I think will be in the World Series a good six and a half months before it happens – wait no more!!!
2011 World Series
White Sox vs Phillies
An epic match up in the making [...]

Thomas Wayne’s Brave and Boneheaded 2011 Predictions – National League Edition

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 by ThomasWayne

With my AL picks firmly in place let’s move onto the Senior Circuit and see how much damage we can do.

Thomas Wayne’s Bold and Beer Battered 2011 Predictions – American League Edition

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011 by ThomasWayne

Welcome to the 2011 edition of my nearly flawless (and by nearly flawless I mean I have about a one in no-chance-in-hell shot of getting more than a third of these right) MLB AL Predictions.

Another Way To Find Similar Players – Introducing The Rate Similarity Score

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 by KerryWhisnant

Bill James introduced the concept of similarity scores by comparing career totals in games played, at bats, runs, hits and other offensive stats. However, it emphasizes counting stats, and therefore in most cases players can be similar only if they have a similar number of plate appearances. I introduce the Rate Similarity Score, which identifies batters with similar batting profiles even though they may have very different career lengths.