WAR Graphs

I thought about titling this post “Re-opening old wounds” – for I expect it to be painful for many of us, myself included. I do my best to be balanced about baseball, I really do.  Objectively viewing certain situations and outcomes is good for my blood pressure, I’ve found.  But sometimes, unabashed homer or Kool-Aid [...]

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Lance Berkman.  Matt Holliday.  Yadier Molina. Two of these things are much more alike than the other.  But Yadi’s pretty good too. Berkman and Holliday follow a very similar trajectory, with Lance having a one-year head-start on Matt in age that they reached the bigs. Berkman had a big year, his biggest actually, in his [...]

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On Tuesday night, the Cardinals selected University of Hawaii second baseman Kolten Wong with their first round pick (22nd overall) in Major League Baseball’s First Year Player Draft. Immediately reactions went off across Cardinal Nation – “typical uninspired pick” versus “upside at a need position” rang throughout the Twitterverse. Future Redbirds obviously was all over [...]

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I believe I’m about to embark on what some around St. Louis might call heresy. Still reading?  Ok, then let’s continue… Today’s WAR Graphs compare the most recent Cardinal center fielders of significant tenure – Jim Edmonds, Ray Lankford, and Willie McGee – all three with over one-thousand games played in center for the Redbirds. [...]

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Epic WAR Graph Wednesday today. It’s the SCRAPGraph.  Or GRITGraph.  Whichever you prefer. We’ve got Nick Punto.  We’ve got Aaron Miles.  We’ve got Craig Paquette.  And just for good measure, The Secret Weapon, Jose Oquendo. And believe it or not, there are some fascinating things to be seen (isn’t that always the case with WAR [...]

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After seeing and enjoying similarly titled posts at Splashing Pumpkins, a great San Francisco Giants blog, I asked the proprietor of that site if I could steal borrow the concept here at PH8.  Thankfully, Julian was more than gracious about it, so on occasional Wednesdays I’ll try to find something interesting to show you via [...]

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