The Pitch Counts The Best And Worst Hitters Swing On

All hitters approach the plate differently depending on where they sit in the count. But great hitters and poor hitters differ in how often they swing in certain situations. Using TAv as a measurement, Baseball Prospectus took a look at how swing rates differ between the best hitters and worst hitters based on where… » 7/22/14 4:55pm 7/22/14 4:55pm

What Happened To Mike Trout's Swing?

There is nothing average about Mike Trout. People built like Brian Urlacher shouldn't be able to scale walls and run like a scared deer, all while squarely hitting a round ball with a round bat. The 2014 season has seen Mike Trout put up a more earthbound line than usual: .263/.358/.509 after last night's game. The… » 5/20/14 1:05pm 5/20/14 1:05pm

The Ravenously Shameless Pastel Brutality Of The Miami Marlins

The following was originally published in the 2014 edition of Baseball Prospectus. In a departure from established practice, this year's edition features contributions from a wide array of outside writers, who came through with a series of essays that shows off the full stylistic diversity of contemporary baseball… » 1/30/14 1:24pm 1/30/14 1:24pm

Yu Darvish's Arm Is Not A Gun: Why Hard Pitch-Count Limits Are Dumb

In last night's 10-4 victory over the Tigers, Rangers starter Yu Darvish threw 130 pitches. In his previous start, Darvish threw 105 pitches. Six days before that, in a start against the Red Sox, he threw 127 pitches. Should we be freaking out about how many pitches Darvish is throwing? » 5/17/13 4:44pm 5/17/13 4:44pm

Someone Wrote The Craziest Thing You'll Ever Read About Tom Verducci

Over at Baseball Prospectus, Jason Parks leers literarily at SI's man: "He didn't intend to harass Verducci, although in hindsight the behavior he exhibited did appear suspect to most casual eyes. ... On the walks, he said he would track his (the World) movements, studying his gait and his smile, hoping to see the… » 12/12/11 11:35am 12/12/11 11:35am