Adventures in Advanced Baseball Statistics, Part 9: Speed Score

Speed score is a measure of a baseball player’s speed based on five distinct factors: 1.) Stolen base percentage 2.) Stolen base percentage based on the number of opportunities 3.) Triples 4.) Double plays grounded into as a percentage of opportunities 5.) Runs scored as a percentage of times on base Really, what ever happened … Continue reading

Adventures in Advanced Baseball Statistics, Part 8: Pythagorean Expectation

Eureka! No wait, that wasn’t Pythagoras, was it? Oh well. This entry has little to do with Ancient Greek Philosophers anyway, despite what the name of the post may have led you to expect (see what I did there?). The Pythagorean Expectation is a calculation of how many games a baseball team should have won … Continue reading

"I Love that Dirty Water": Dueling Red Sox Predictions for 2010

Yesterday, the New York Times, in their infinite wisdom, printed dueling reviews of the new Apple (don’t call us a computer company) iPad. The review was prefaced as a two-parter with the first section addressed to techies — a slam — was followed up with one addressed to those bereft of technical knowledge. The second … Continue reading

Adventures in Advanced Baseball Statistics, Part 7: Range Factor

Despite its illustrious name, the Range Factor actually doesn’t have anything to do (directly) with a fielder’s range. Simply put, it is a calculation of the number of assists and put outs that a player makes over the course of several games or innings. The idea is that the number of outs the player is … Continue reading

Adventures in Advanced Baseball Statistics, Part 6: PECOTA!!!1

Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm, known to its friends as PECOTA, is a statistic used to forecast players’ performances in the upcoming season. This may be the singularly most important statistic for all of you people who play fantasy baseball. Unfortunately this isn’t one of those stats you can compute for yourself (at … Continue reading

Adventures in Advanced Baseball Statistics, Part 5: A Team Statistic? Bah!

This posting I will be looking into Base Runs (BsR), a team statistic that measures how many runs a team should score based on it’s offense. It can also measure how many runs a batter should create and how many runs a pitcher should allow. Like most equations, this makes about as much sense as … Continue reading

Adventures in Advanced Baseball Statistics, Part 4: Kiss her on the…

Do you remember all those games you’ve watched as a baseball fan where some player would come to the plate in the late innings, a couple of men on base, with your team down by two runs, and you’d think, “this is just who I want at the plate” even though the player in question … Continue reading

Adventures in Advanced Baseball Statistics, Part 3: ‘Get Down Girl and do the DIPS’

Since I showed some love to the offense last time, I figured I’d write up a statistic for the defensive side of the ball.  Defensive Independent Pitching Statistics, or DIPS, is exactly what it sounds like.  A pitcher is judged based on how many HRs, BBs, Ks and HBPs he gives up, as well as his … Continue reading

Adventures in Advanced Baseball Statistics, Part 2: ‘You down with OPS?’

So, I figured I would continue the sabermetrics column (leading up to the start of the baseball season) with a statistic that might be somewhat familiar to people.  OPS, or On-base Plus Slugging, is a term that is starting to become more known among the lay-men sports followers (like me) and is actually a combination … Continue reading

Intro to Sabermetrics, Part 1: WTF, etc?

[[Editor’s note: welcome to the first installments of Venuing’s “Get to Better Know You’re Advanced Statistical Measurements.”  Hooray!  Mad ups to brand-new Venuing Voices “Superduperintern” (technical term)  Josh for the assist here.]] Sabermetrics, for those of you not in the know, is a contemporary analysis of baseball player/team performance using “non-traditional” statistical measures. It is … Continue reading