Author Archives: DZA
One of the most persistent rumors of this year’s trade deadline has been of a deal involving Denard Span and Washington Nationals closer Drew Storen. Storen is pretty consistently praised as an upper echelon relief pitcher: “an ideal long-term closing … Continue reading
Today we revisit the PitchFX plots we talked about the last time I posted, some decades ago. While that post used last year’s PitchFX data, we now have up-to-date data for the entire Twins staff in 2011, so we’ll use … Continue reading
This may be more interesting to me than to others, but I’m posting it regardless. Baseball research is moving forward at an incredible pace, and that is not necessarily restricted to statistical advances. PitchFX, Hit Tracker, and the upcoming Field … Continue reading
Drew Butera in 2011, sans moustache: 100 PA, 0 HR. Drew Butera in 2011, with moustache: 3 PA, 1 HR. I hope you’re taking notes, Pavano.
Brief programming note: reardon and I will probably continue to be scarce for the next week or two, so we beg for your patience until we are able to return to the important task of deriding Drew Butera (yes, I … Continue reading
Narrative is a powerful force in sports. In life too, I guess, but let’s keep this to sports. There is a common and compelling urge to transform the actions of a group of grown men throwing a ball around an … Continue reading