August 05, 2013

Chris Johnson: Professional Hitter

Through Friday Chris Johnson has a ridiculously high .430 batting average on balls in play (BABIP) this season.  His BABIP is the highest in the majors among players who qualify for the rate-stat leaderboards.  This suggests that on batted balls, …

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August 03, 2013

This is How a Playoff Team Plays

I’ll admit it: coming into the Cardinals series, I was less than confident in the Braves. St. Louis has one of, if not the, best team in baseball this year. We’re an injury-plagued team swinging rubber bats. I would …

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July 28, 2013

Braves can Absorb the Hudson Loss Even Without a Trade

It’s hard to believe this is Tim Hudson’s 9th season with the Braves.  He is the veteran leader of the Braves’ staff, if not the entire team following the retirement of Chipper Jones.  With Hudson’s season-ending ankle injury, how much …

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July 21, 2013

Freddie Freeman and Andrelton Simmons: Close in Value?

Baseball Reference had Andrelton Simmons at 3.1 Wins Above Replacement (WAR) and Freddie Freeman at 2.8 WAR at the All-Star break.

Fangraphs had Freeman at 2 WAR and Simmons at 1.7 WAR.

Baseball Prospectus had Freeman at 2.23 Wins Above …

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July 12, 2013

The Art of Quitting

Admit it: you’ve reached for a second helping when you already had enough to eat. You’ve had one too many drinks at a family barbecue. You’ve pushed a joke a bit too far and hurt a friend’s feelings. We’ve all …

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