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DTW Book Club v1

21.05.2013 4 comments

This could fail miserably…but here goes. I found this gem on Amazon a few days ago (under “Books you may like” what does this say?). I’m only a few chapters into it, but it is FANTASTIC, and I think that several of you would really enjoy it. Here’s the write-up from Amazon: ************* An ex-Wall […]

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Game 2012.95: White Sox at Tigers

21.07.2012 23 comments

50-44, 2nd place, .5 games behind CWS. Wow, what a game last night. Other than a very poorly located 2-0 fastball, Verlander pitched a gem. The most incredible pitch of the night came in the 8th when a 100 mph 0-1 fastball literally sawed Gordon Beckham’s bat in half, on a check swing no less. […]

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Game 2012.32: Tigers at Athletics

11.05.2012 41 comments

Yesterday we mentioned we would take a look at the Tiger DH performance.  Then again, you may want to avert your eyes. Currently the Tiger DH line (BA, OBP, SLG, OPS) looks like this: Tigers DH:  .192  .228  .283  .512 AL Avg DH:.263  .334  .454  .788 With those numbers we could have kept Brandon Inge, […]

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Playing in the spray – Curtis Granderson

16.11.2009 25 comments

Curtis Granderson’s 2009 season has received plenty of scrutiny, and this was even before trade rumors crept up. His .249 batting average was the lowest of his career and it was a drag on his on base percentage and slugging percentage as well. We know batting average is volatile so did Granderson just suffer from some bad luck, or did something else change? Fortunately we have hit location data to help shed some light on these questions.

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Culling the Bill James Handbook

08.11.2009 2 comments

One of the few positives of the end of the baseball season is the Annual Bill James Handbook (aff link) arriving on my doorstep. At one time it was the only place to easily find a number of uncommon stats. Sites like Fangraphs and Baseball Reference and the rise of Pitch F/X data make some of these stats easier to come by, but the Handbook is still a trove of baseball stats.

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Comerica is not doubles friendly

27.10.2009 37 comments

Why is it that people keep insisting that Comerica Park is a great park for doubles? Is it the large centerfield? The huge-mongous gaps between the outfielders? I just don’t know but it just ain’t true but now even the general manager is saying it.

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The Seventh Inning – 2009 edition

28.08.2009 2 comments

Long time readers of this site remember a feature called the Inning Report. Reader Sam Hoff would break down the season into 18 game segments or “innings.” Why 18 game? Because there are 9 18 game segments in a season. Wednesday’s game against the Angels completed the seventh inning. Sam is still putting these together, […]

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The Sixth Inning – 2009 Edition

10.08.2009 2 comments

Long time readers of this site remember a feature called the Inning Report. Reader Sam Hoff would break down the season into 18 game segments or “innings.” Why 18 game? Because there are 9 18 game segments in a season. Friday night’s game against the Twins completed the sixty inning. Sam is still putting these […]

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Infirmary report and other thoughts

03.08.2009 2 comments

Aside from Joel Zumaya’s season ending surgery, the news is actually pretty good on the injury front. So much so that the only wound licking to take place should be residual pain of a 2-4 road trip. Carlos Guillen, already swinging a productive stick from the left side, could be playing in left field by […]

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Off day statistical nuggetry

30.04.2009 8 comments

Some things to chew on while the Tigers lick their wounds after dropping a series to the Yankees… Curtis Granderson hit his 7th homer of the year Wednesday night. It was also his 8th extra base hit of the year. Tigers pitchers throw the fastest average fastball in the league at a robust 92.8. That’s […]

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Tigers good at catching the ball

20.04.2009 21 comments

In 2008 Detroit’s pitching was awful, but it had some help in allowing runs to score. After being a stellar defensive team in 2006 and a pretty good one in 2007, the ‘08 Tigers were awful. The team ranked 26th in UZR (-39 runs) and 24th in defensive efficiency. An emphasis on run prevention was the theme this offseason. And it seems to be working in the early going.

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Off day open thread – statistical nuggets

16.04.2009 56 comments

With no game on the schedule today, I figured we could open things up a little bit. Discuss whatever you’d like in this space. But…to seed the conversation a little bit here are some early season statistics to ponder: Justin Verlander has only stranded 42.3% of runners Fernando Rodney and Bobby Seay have combined to […]

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