John Dewan starts off our new year with a look at the defensive runs saved stat to see whether or not we can use it in predicting future production.
by John Dewan I was recently asked the following question [by Rob Neyer]: If infield shifts work so well, why aren’t league-wide BABIPs (Batting Average on Balls in Play) dropping? It’s a great question. Shifts are designed to to take hits away from certain pull-heavy hitters, and with the huge increase that we have seen in the number of shifts used across baseball over the last few years, intuitively we would think that this would affect the league’s batting average. And it does! However, the effect is almost imperceptible because the number of batted balls against a shift is still […]
The Jose Veras experiment took another wild turn after blowing a 3-1 lead in the 9th inning. But in the 11th inning with two outs, Welington Castillo crushed a three run home run to give the Cubs the lead. Hector Rondon nailed down his first save of his career as the Cubs win 6-3 in St. Louis.