37 Games of Eugenio Suarez
Thinking Inside the Box

37 Games of Eugenio Suarez

Eugenio Suarez is confusing. While with the Tigers, Suarez flashed enough potential in the minor leagues to become Detroit’s everyday shortstop after Jose Iglesias sustained stress fractures in both legs. In 277 plate appearances, Suarez slashed .242/.316/.336 in 2014. The aggregate numbers mask the amount of variation in Suarez’s 2014 campaign: in June he slashed .279/.364/.485 but in September … Continue reading

Repost: The Optical Illusion of Curveballs
Thinking Inside the Box

Repost: The Optical Illusion of Curveballs

[Mike Maffie is on a “thesis-defense vacation” this week, so we’re re-running one of his most popular columns from last year. Note new research at conclusion.] I was reading an article about Rafa Nadal and the unbelievable topspin he generates on his forehand. Another player described the feeling of returning Rafa’s forehand as “like ripping your … Continue reading