Bill James

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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FIP’ing The Birds

by on February 3, 2012 · 0 comments

Pitching wins championships.  Defense wins championships.  The best defense is a good offense.  A watched pot never boils. These cliches make some sense, but there is no absolute truth to be found among them.  The Cardinals won the 2011 World Series with something short of a stellar defense, but it would be woefully inaccurate to [...]

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Please don’t be frightened.  This will only hurt for a moment.  I’m going to write briefly about the subject of sabermetrics as though you’ve never heard anything about it.  There will be definitions.  There will be new terms introduced and foreign acronyms put on display.  Do not be alarmed.  I come in peace.  If you’ve read [...]

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Sick of reading about how great Jaime Garcia‘s start yesterday was?  Good, me neither, so here’s some more… Derrick Goold and Brian Walton have already covered how Garcia’s start ranked in efficiency – Bird Land comparing fewest number of pitches for a 2010 MLB shutout, and The Cardinal Nation Blog comparing to other past Cardinal [...]

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Chris Carpenter’s fine outing against the Cincinnati Reds last night had me wondering: The Cardinals’ starting pitching staff has been phenominal (with a few hiccups) in the last month or so, but are they clearly distancing themselves from the rest of the league in that regard? Well, classic metrics tell us it is so. The [...]

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It occurred to me after Kyle McClellan walked Omar Infante to load the bases last night in the eighth inning, “we’ve seen this before, I know we have.” Thing is, I wasn’t referring to the impending blown save and loss. Cardinal pitchers have walked twelve batters this season with no one out and the bases [...]

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So today is my turn in the esteemed United Cardinal Bloggers’ Roundtable discussions taking place this month of October.  I’ve had a great time going back and forth with this red bleeding bunch, no matter agreeing or disagreeing.  While most of the Cardinal fandom is focused on who the Redbirds can add this off-season, I [...]

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I’m sure a lot of you have seen this list before, but I just saw it yesterday for the first time, so I’m going to force it upon you again. Now, obviously Sabermetrics is something not every baseball fan necessarily follows nor understands, but nevertheless, some of the basics ring true for basic baseball knowledge.  [...]

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