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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Many team throw out an alternative line up on Sunday day games. The 2018 Mets Sunday line up looks strong.
As I’m writing this, I know at least half the people Now reading are already pissed off. That is is how strongly people feel about the designated hitter in baseball. It is one of the most controversial ideas in all of sports. The debate over adding the designated hitting in the National League is just … Continue reading The case for the DH in the NL
The New York Mets should take advantage of the slow off season to build a super team. Here's the road map
I was in sixth grade and I remember it well. Like it was yesterday. It was an amazing time to be alive, for a Mets fan. Fall of ‘86. The Mets spent the summer crushing (and fighting) the rest of the national league into submission. Only thing left was to clinch the National League East … Continue reading The night Dave Magadan became a hero to this 6th grader
When the final pitch of the 2017 Major League Baseball season was over, one thing was clear for the New York Mets. They needed to fix their pitching staff in a major way. Starters coming off injuries, like Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey and Steven Matz, combined with new manager Mickey Callaway, should help that area … Continue reading Not the Shaw New York Mets fans wanted; the Shaw they deserve