Short cuts

While I wait for the BCS results, I’ll let others do the heavy lifting and link out:

  • There’s an interesting look at the results by count, and more importantly by what happens after a certain count. The Tigers swung at a ton of first pitches, and Tom Gage even had some stats saying it was a good idea. My issue with Gage’s stats were that they simply showed the result when the ball was put in play. It didn’t take into account the adverse effect of fouling a ball off or swining and missing and putting yourself in a hole. He also didn’t mention sample sizes. By only looking at balls in play, he essentially takes out the possiblity of striking out which isn’t realistic and then there is the issue of not enhancing your OBP via the walk. I didn’t really have the comparisons for what those numbers should look like, but they’re available now. We still don’t know the complete picture on the Tigers at-bats, but it is an interesting comparison nonetheless.
  • Baseball Analysts took a look at the best and worst defenders in the minors from 2006. The good news is that no Tigers showed up on the worst list. Kevin Hooper rated as the 2nd best defensive shortstop last year.
  • Via Knuckle Curve Baseball America has put out a scouting dictionary. So if you want to know what a long swing is, or what it means for a pitcher to throw downhill, this is the place to check.
  • Finally, it looks like there will be a DVD chronicling the Tigers season. It will be available December 7th and exclusive to Meijer stores. The DVD will retail for $18.99. For those interested in a sneak peek, the premiere will be December 6th at the Uptown Palladium in Birmingham. Dan Dickerson, Mario Impemba, and Nate Robertson will be on hand. Tickets are $10. Call 313-471-2052 for tickets and premiere information.

3 Comments

  1. Lee Panas

    December 3, 2006 at 6:08 pm

    I don’t know what to make of Gage’s numbers without seeing the sample sizes but I agree the comparison is interesting. Of course, given that the Tigers were second in the league in strike outs, I’d also want to see how many times they swung and missed at the first pitch.

  2. Kyle J

    December 3, 2006 at 6:58 pm

    Morosi has a good piece on the apparent value of Maroth (and guys like Durbin, Tata, and Miner) in a potential trade compared to the mediocre starting pitchers getting big free agent contracts this year:

    http://www.freep.com/apps/pbcs.....30680/1050

  3. adr

    December 4, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    Bilfer – please provide a link so we can purchase the video when it comes out. Much thanks for keeping us current during the Hot Stove League!

    adr