Shades of Blue: Comparing the Dodgers with the Best of the National League

In the West, Los Angeles leads San Francisco by 4.5 games; in the East, Washington has opened up a six-game lead on Atlanta; in the Central, Milwaukee sits three games above its closest competitor. It is likely that all three of the current division leaders will make the playoffs, most… Read more“Shades of Blue: Comparing the Dodgers with the Best of the National League”

The Coors Field Effect on This Year’s Colorado Rockies

It is true almost every year, but especially in this young 2014 season, that the Colorado Rockies have an offense that no other team in the major leagues can hope to match, thanks to the obscene run environment of their home park Coors Field. I say obscene because in the… Read more“The Coors Field Effect on This Year’s Colorado Rockies”

Bullpen Report on All 10 Teams

Note: All statistics in the table below are from games up to and including May 13. Which team in either the AL or NL West has the best bullpen this season? There is no other place to start. Already we learn some things: the Astros bullpen is almost definitely bad… Read more“Bullpen Report on All 10 Teams”

Distinguishing Between the Giants and the Dodgers (Update 4/18)

San Francisco and Los Angeles have played six times so far, San Francisco winning four. Today they finished a three-game set in San Francisco whose games had a combined margin of three runs. The run differentials are nearly identical, as is everything about the offenses so far; the Giants have… Read more“Distinguishing Between the Giants and the Dodgers (Update 4/18)”

First Dataset of the Year: Two Week Team Trends

I’ve waited two weeks and I can’t wait any longer. There isn’t much data to go on after half of April but I will find out what I can. I will take statistics from Fangraphs and look at them for a long time until something clicks, just like I always… Read more“First Dataset of the Year: Two Week Team Trends”