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The changes that made Jacob deGrom and Blake Snell Cy Young worthy

By MARK SIMON Pitchers are always making tweaks and adjustments to their deliveries and repertoires in an effort to stay a step ahead of the hitters. In the case of Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom and Rays pitcher Blake Snell, the tweaks made those pitchers Cy Young worthy. DeGrom’s big adjustment came by suggestion from pitching […]

Stat of the Week: A look at NFL and NBA Power Ratings

With the baseball postseason over, it’s time to immerse ourselves in the NFL and NBA. If you haven’t paid close attention to this point, or are just curious for some interesting analysis, the Bill James Online Power Ratings are here to help. NFL Bill James Online Power Ratings Team 1. Saints 111.7 2. Chiefs 110.9 […]

Open the Handbook and let the numbers tell the story

The Bill James Baseball Handbook is 622 pages of baseball goodness. Here are some of our favorite tidbits.

2019 Bill James Baseball Handbook: “Shift Update”

Defensive shifting rose 30% in 2018. We look at some notes and nuggets related to shift performance in 2018.

Which catchers are best at stealing strikes?

BY MARK SIMON With there being an off day in the World Series, let’s take a look at a leaderboard that stoked our interest this season –- which catchers did the best job of getting strikes on pitches that maybe he shouldn’t have gotten strikes on? Our definition for this was to look at the […]

Stat of the Week: Fielding Bible Awards Preview Part II

This is the second of a two-part series on the top candidates for The Fielding Bible Awards, which will be announced next week. Part I can be found here. The Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a panel of 12 experts, who can vote based on visual observations and subjective judgement, as well as statistical […]

Stat of the Week: 2018 Fielding Bible Awards Preview

For the next two weeks, this space will feature a multi-part series on the top candidates for The Fielding Bible Awards, which will be announced the week of October 29. The Fielding Bible Awards are voted on by a panel of 12 experts, who can vote based on visual observation and subjective judgement, as well […]