Monthly Archives: September 2018

Odd season for Jon Gray, capped by slider struggles

By ANDREW ZENNER Jon Gray’s 2018 season has been something of a roller coaster ride. Following a 2017 campaign in which he posted a 3.67 ERA and 3.18 FIP in 20 starts, along with a start in the NL Wild Card game, Gray earned the opening day nod for the Rockies in 2018. Things didn’t […]

Why does Bryce Harper have -25 Defensive Runs Saved?

BY MARK SIMON After winning the Home Run Derby, Washington Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper got his hitting back on track in the second half of the season. Since the All-Star Break, he’s hitting .304 with a 1.004 OPS in 55 games. With Harper hitting free agency for the first time this winter, this was significant, […]

Stat of the Week: Minor League Defensive Runs Saved End-of-Season Roundup

When a promising position player gets called up from the minors, you almost never hear about his defensive prospects unless they are extreme in one direction or the other. At Baseball Info Solutions, we use Minor League Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) as a tool to expand fans’ knowledge of the defensive side of the game. […]

Stat of the Week: Tommy John Surgery in Major League Baseball

This month, two of baseball’s promising young pitchers—Shohei Ohtani of the Angels and Michael Kopech of the White Sox—learned that they will likely need Tommy John surgery due to torn ulnar collateral ligaments in their throwing arms. While Ohtani remains in the Angels’ lineup as a hitter, Kopech’s debut season is over after fewer than […]

First things first: Christian Yelich aggressiveness pays off

Christian Yelich’s first-pitch aggressiveness has been a big-part of his success.

Stat of the Week: Who was August’s top defensive player?

In a crowded group of highly-talented center fielders, it has been tough for Adam Engel to stand out from the rest. But in August he did. He’s our selection as the MLB Defensive Player of the Month. Engel finished the month with eight Defensive Runs Saved, the most by any outfielder. Half of that total […]

David Bote handled third base well in Bryant’s absence

By WILL HOEFER If you’re a fan of baseball, chances are you’ve watched the David Bote walk-off grand slam at least 25 times by now. We’re talking about a perfect moment. In the wake of that, there have been excellent pieces written about the sheer magnitude of that play in terms of Win Probability Added […]