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As the Redbirds prepare to begin another road series, this one their first trip to Wrigley Field in 2013, they bring with them a 2013 MLB best seven-game road winning streak. By virtue of a three-game sweep in the nation’s capital and four games worth in Milwaukee, the Cards head into Chicago with an opportunity [...]

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Curved Heat

by on September 19, 2012 · 0 comments

If you watched the Cardinals game last night, you may have heard broadcasters Rick Horton and Dan McLaughlin making remarks about Jason Motte‘s appearance in the 9th inning.  Under normal circumstances, a closer coming into the game to protect a 3-run lead would not generate a significant amount of conversation.  Motte’s appearance certainly merited no [...]

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Adam Wainwright went 5-0 in his first 5 starts in August with a tidy 1.47 ERA and .203 batting average against, and he looked to some as though he had finally made it all the way back from his Tommy John surgery.  Then he blew up his last 2 starts to the tune of 11 [...]

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Jay Has CF Covered

by on August 21, 2012 · 2 comments

Despite playing only 77 games so far this season, Jon Jay ranks 3rd among all NL center fielders with 3.1 WAR, and he trails only Andrew McCutchen (6.4 WAR) and Michael Bourn (5.9 WAR).  Without even factoring in the playing time deficit, he has produced more on the field than guys like Dexter Fowler, Angel [...]

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Beyond the Pythagorean win/loss method of calculating what a team’s record should be based on a number of factors, even advanced statistics provides few tools for truly explaining team performance.  In fact, there currently exists no really useful or practical mathematical model that helps explain team performance while also including factors such as age, payroll, [...]

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In the “Breaking Bad” series, I attempt to break down raw data about a specific player to try and understand or maybe explain their relative level of success.  Since Joe Kelly has 6 starts at the Major League level under his belt, now seems like a great time to analyze Joe’s body of work for [...]

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Jake Westbrook sure twirled a gem last night didn’t he? Look at the smile on his face at the end of the game, shaking hands with his teammates – looks like a man who just had a blast tossing a baseball, and being really successful doing it: As my mind tends to wander following a [...]

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Think the Cardinals have at least average to above average players at every position on the field?  Think again.  According to the metric “Team Runs Saved”, the Cardinals rank in a tie for 6th in the NL with a -4 runs saved for the season.  Ranking 6th out of 16 teams sounds pretty good, or [...]

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Achieving One Thousand

by on March 30, 2012 · 6 comments

In case I haven’t mentioned it enough times in this forum, the Baseball Reference Play Index is a wonderful – and at least for me, necessary – toy tool.  It allows a wide variety of searches, using an increasing-by-the-day number of qualifiers and options, to spit out an endless number of lists of statistical achievements. Today [...]

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If you are interested in a time-consuming yet meaningless exercise involving baseball and geeky numbers, then you have come to the right place.  If you are interested in silly Photoshop artwork involving baseball players, media members, and sometimes farm animals, you have also come to the right place.  For the latter, you may need to [...]

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