PxP: This Time It’s Count

It was June, and things weren’t looking good for the Diamondbacks. Already 15 games behind the surprise Padres, they just dropped an inter-divisional series at home. Against their natural geographical nemesis – the Yankees. And they had only one day to regroup as they took their 28-45 record on the road to face yet another [...]

PxP: 9th Inning, When Managers Rise To Shine

Being a baseball manager is rather exciting compared to what most other 70-year olds get to spend their afternoons doing, but it’s still rather boring. There just isn’t that much to do.

In basketball you can call a timeout and scream at the bunch of seven-footers. You have your own little Etch-A-Sketch pad. You can [...]

PxP: Nobody Expects The Spanish Inquisition

And yet some people expect the Oakland Athletics to score runs. I mean, they really do – and they have the numbers for it.

Most of you are probably familiar with the concept of run expectancy. It is a fancy expression telling us how many runs scored on average between a certain baserunners/outs situation and [...]

PxP: The Making Of

PxP stands for both play-by-play and pitch-by-pitch, although if judged by how procrastinatingly* slow I go about it, the best description is probably peu à peu.

* I think I just made up a word.

Nowadays, baseball data is easily available, freely and abundantly. You want FIP, wOBA or WAR? You can get it, often [...]

Carlos Gonzalez, God On The Mountain?

 

Life Is Easy, When You’re Up On The Mountain And You’ve Got Peace Of Mind Like You’ve Never Known But Then Things Change And You’re Down In The Valley Don’t Lose Hope For You’re Never Alone

(The McKameys, God On The Mountain)

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Streaky The Supercat

Personally, I think Billy Martin said it best when he said, “Hey! I can drive!”

Of course, this is not my opinion, but one of the guy who dreamt to be the starting centerfielder for the Boston Red Sox. Me? I think Joe Maddon said it best when he started rookie John Jaso over [...]

This message is brought to you by Curtis Granderson

Yes, there are too many left-handed pitchers in baseball.

Depending on whom you ask, there are anywhere between 7 and 12 per cent of left-handed people on Earth. If you ask Curtis, he will be quick to educate you that in ancient Mesopotamia left hand was used as a metaphor for misfortune, natural evil, or [...]