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    First Pitch: Splitsville Part II

    First Pitch: Splitsville Part II As promised earlier in the week, we’re back with the second edition of “Splitsville”. After taking a look at Team Batting Splits, which should aid in making pitching decisions for your fantasy team, we’ll take...

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    Sabermetric Tuesdays: Splitsville

    Hopefully everyone is well rested after the long and well deserved holiday weekend! Before we get into our usual Sabermetric Tuesday column, let’s take a moment out to recognize and appreciate all those who have made it possible for all...

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    ERA vs. XERA

    Big variances between a pitcher’s ERA and XERA can help identify buy low and sell high targets. A low XERA and a high ERA usually means good skills but some bad luck in the form of low strand rate and/or...

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    Under/Over Performing Pitchers May 2008

    In our continuing series on player recommendations, today we take a look at the pitchers who are deviating from their projected production. Please refer to the Batters article for an explanation of the terms used such as FPI (FPI^ =...

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    Sabermetric Tuesdays: The Disaster Start

    Before we get to this week’s edition of Sabermetric Tuesday, I’d be remiss if I didn’t correct a mistake in my player blurbs earlier this week. Amidst a long-winded rant about my beloved Bears not turning in a draft card...

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    Sabermetric Report - April 15, 2008

    According to research by Fantistics.com only 10% of batters have a favorable control of balls hit into play. Such a low number means that many of the leaders in BHIP% (and thus batting average) are there only due to good...

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    Sabermetric Tuesdays: Analyzing Splits Ground Balls vs. Fly Balls

    New Page 1 Sabermetric Tuesdays: Analyzing Splits Ground Balls vs. Fly Balls   It’s Sabermetric Tuesday here at Fantistics! Each Tuesday we’ll dive into some of the deeper statistics we use to forecast and analyze the game of baseball....

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    Deserved Wins - Quality Starts Need Support

    Deserved Wins:  We define Deserved Wins as Quality Starts *  .74.  Typically a pitcher wins 74% of his Quality Starts (As a reminder, Quality Starts is defined by Bill James as a start where the pitcher has gone at...

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    First Pitch - September 26, 2007 - 2007 FPI All Stars and Anti-All Stars

    2007 FPI All Stars and Anti-All Stars   Good morning everybody. With the MLB season drawing to a close, today we will take a look at our own versions of All Star teams. As our measure we will use our...

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    First Pitch - September 12, 2007 - Best Skills 2007: Pitcher K/BB

    Best Skills 2007 - Pitcher K/BB   Good morning everybody. Today we are going to take a look at the pitchers who have shown the best K/BB ratios in the majors this season. Why is this important? Because past research...

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    First Pitch - September 11, 2007

    The signs of fall are everywhere.   The days are cooler. The leaves here in New England are turning. I am up at 5:30 am to get my kids to school every day. The Patriots are humiliating the Jets....

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    First Pitch - August 29, 2007 - Improving/Declining Hitter Performance

    Improving/Declining Hitter Performance   Good morning everybody. As the season drags on for those of us out of the money, today we will try to determine any hitters that have seen their performances improve this year versus their 3-year averages.Â...

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    Second Half Rankings - Pitchers Edition

    Second Half Rankings Hitters Edition Second Half Rankings Pitchers Edition (Posted 7/07/07) Every season we come across players who unexplainably perform at higher or lower levels during certain periods of the season.  One possible explanation behind the phenomena: second...

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    First Pitch - June 20, 2007 - Batting Average Production (Current vs. 3-Year Averages)

      Batting Average Production (Current vs. 3-Year Averages)   Good morning everybody. Today we are going to focus on the category of batting average. I don't know about your squads, but this is one area of the game in which...

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    First Pitch - June 19, 2007

    When last we talked I set out some offensive team splits so we could identify particularly good or bad matchups for your pitchers.   This morning let’s check out the particularly good and bad matchups for hitters. Here are...

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    First Pitch - May 25th, 2007 - The Spot Steal?

    Here at Fantistics, we get lots of e-mail from subscribers asking for our advice on the typical fantasy issues that arise.... Spot starts, trade proposals, lineup structure, and the value of free agents are the main ones. But last...

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    First Pitch - May 18, 2007 - Pitching Category Mashup (K/BB and QS%)

    Pitching Category Mashup (K/BB and QS%)   Good morning everybody. For today's First Pitch we are going to do something a little off the wall -- and perhaps mathematically unsound - and mash together a couple of key pitching...

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    First Pitch - May 09, 2007 - Inherited Runners Stranded Percentage

    Inherited Runners Stranded Percentage Good morning everybody. For the topic of today's First Pitch, we are going to tap into some feedback that came as a result of my last column (on Adjusted Reliever ERA), as well as a notion...

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    Under / Over Performing Pitchers

    In our continuing series on player recommendations, today we take a look at the pitchers who are deviating from their projected production. Please refer to the Batters article for an explanation of the terms used such as FPI (FPI^ =...

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    April's Under/Over Performing Batters

    April's Under/Over Performing Batters Another April is almost in the books and as typical there are quite a few players who are in our doghouse and a quite a few players who have the keys to the penthouse...but who deserves...

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    Pitcher Disaster Starts

    As you can see by yesterday's mailbag article by Lou, we get our fair share of email around here and we try our best to get to all of it and respond. Sometimes we'll respond back through email, through our...

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    First Pitch - April 20, 2007 - Adjusted Reliever ERA (R-ERA)

    Hello everybody. As I watched in horror at another craptacular performance from the Phillies bullpen, an idea rattled around in my head. Part of the problem we have as fantasy analysts is that we are in some situations constrained by...

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    How to Evaluate a Potential Pitcher Pickup

    A few weeks back we took a look at how to go about evaluating a potential Hitter when looking to make a free agent acquisition. We talked about evaluating specific statistics like EYE, BHIP%, HR Rate, etc and how to...

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    Park Factor Reference Files

    Hi everybody. Just wanted to let you all know that the updated Park Factor reference files have been posted in the Fantistics Reference Toolbox.   Data for all major league ballparks is included, and is presented in two different...

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    First Pitch April 11, 2007 - Park Factor

    Park Factor For my initial First Pitch of the year I thought it would be a good idea to revisit the Park Factor statistic. This should provide you with a handy reference that you can use to determine which ballparks...

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    First Pitch April 10, 2007 - By the Numbers

    We talk about numbers all the time here ...   They are important to what we do. The key to this whole game we play is to determine which numbers more accurately indicate performance and which numbers more accurately...

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    How to Evaluate a Potential Hitter Pickup

    Before we get to today's First Pitch I wanted to say thank you to the readers that took the time out to respond to my AL and NL Predictions blog earlier this week. I enjoy hearing the responses and while...

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    First Pitch April 3, 2007 - Is the AL Central the Most Offensive Division?

    We spend a lot of time fretting about how well a pitcher is going to adjust to a change in leagues. We treat the AL and the NL like two separate animals when we consider such a switch, and with good reason. The two leagues are two separate animals. In the age of the unbalanced schedule however, doesn't it make as much sense to pay attention to the difference in divisions as well?

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    Forecating Tools: Runners Stranded Percentage (RS%)

    Runners Stranded Percentage: Measures the percentage of batters that reach base but do not score (more specifically, are not credited to a pitcher's Earned Runs). The average stranded percentage for starters is .71. Pitchers with Stranded Percentages of about .75 usually have successful ERA and Win totals.

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    Expected ERA (XERA)

    Expected ERA (XERA) depicts a pitcher's "True ERA" as it bases its expectation on factors within a pitcher's control. These factors include Hits, Walks, Home Runs allowed and K's. When you consider the inequity with the ERA calculation, specifically related to errors and base runners inherited/left, many including myself consider XERA to be a more precise gauge of ability.