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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June 27, 2013

Andrelton Simmons Should Hit Low in the Order In Spite of Ability to Make Contact

For all that’s made of the strikeout and good things happening when players make contact, it actually doesn’t play out that way in the real world:

Braves on Balls in Play: .295/.293/.364

National League on Balls in Play: .298/.295/.377

Braves …

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June 22, 2013

Braves Doing Okay with RISP

Much has been made of the Braves’ futility with runners in scoring position. As I wrote this, looking at the statistics before Wednesday’s action, the Braves had the second-worst batting average in the National League and the fourth-worst slugging percentage …

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June 14, 2013

Heyward More Disappointing than Francoeur?

A few weeks ago, before Jason Heyward started his recent hot hitting, some Atlanta sports-talk personalities asked if Heyward has been a bigger disappointment than Jeff Francoeur.  As always when Heyward goes through a rough patch offensively the comparisons to …

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