Matt Harvey, at times, can be a jerk. Being a jerk has led to issues both on and off the field for Harvey. All of which have contributed, as least in part, to his under performance on the field. Matt Harvey being a jerk is not the fault of anyone but Matt Harvey. … Continue reading Who’s to blame for the 2018 mess of a NY Mets season?
why trading ace pitcher Jacob deGrom for the Angels Mike Trout is the deal to make The Mets season continues to sputter. The can not score runs. Their offense struggles to even string hits together. The 2018 New York Mets look, at times, old and unathletic. They finished their last home stand batting under .200 … Continue reading A bold trade idea to remake the New York Mets
The New York Mets have the 6th pick in the 2018 Major League Baseball draft. Hey should seriously consider selecting third baseman Jonathan India from the University of Florida
Baltimore orioles should start the rebuild process now. First step is trading Manny Machado to the NY Mets for Brandon Nimmo
And why the New York Mets should trade him On Tuesday, April 10th, the New York Mets sent back up outfielder Brandon Nimmo down to their triple A affiliate, the Las Vegas 51s. Immediately, social media was set on fire, by Mets fans not happy with the move. Listening to Mets manager Mickey Callaway speak, … Continue reading A case for: Brandon Nimmo’s future
In Major League Baseball, the 2018 off season was one of the slowest off seasons in recent memory. So few free agents have been signed, that player agents have suggested the players might boycott spring training games. The Mets have been extremely active however. A stark contrast to the rest of the league. The Mets … Continue reading New York Mets had one amazin’ off season in 2018
For this post, I thought I’d do something a little different. I’d start with a baseball question and describe the process for getting the relevant data and constructing a reasonable graph to address the question.
There is a lot of talk nowadays about a hitter’s launch speed. Thinking about this, I’m interested in how the launch speed of a batted ball depends on the location of the pitch. Certainly, one would anticipate that the batted ball’s launch speed is greatest for pitches in the middle of the strike zone, but I’m interested how the launch speed varies for other pitch locations.
Currently, the best source of data is through the Statcast system and Bill Pettit has written a package baseballr that makes it easy for reading in the relevant data. Using the function scrape_statcast_savant_batter_all(), I collected all of the pitch-by-pitch data for all games played…
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