The title of this piece is a prediction, rather than an exclamatory remark.  I am, of course, talking about a Rawlings Gold Glove Award.  Billy Hamilton deserves to win one this year.  Hopefully after reading this you’ll agree! To start, I think it is important to say Billy Hamilton is somewhat of a savant in […]

Fridays Above Replacement

Perhaps the title is a bit misleading.  We know Dilson Herrera’s whereabouts thanks to our own Jason Linden.  What we shall endeavor to do is find a few suitable comparison for Dilson Herrera among current and recent players! If you read my previous irresponsible piece about Jose Peraza, you’ll be familiar with the method we’ll […]

Fridays Above Replacement

On April 29th, I wrote a column titled Neutralizing Joey Votto.  To date, I think it is the best baseball analysis I’ve ever done.  If you haven’t read it and appreciate trips down memory lane, you should go check it out.  There are lots of charts and graphs, if you like that stuff, too.   I […]

Fridays Above Replacement

Something I like to do periodically is look at random statistics and see if I can find anything interesting.  Doing this yields not only ideas for future articles, but also a greater understanding of the game of baseball. So, I figured I would share a few things I’ve found interesting, sad, or downright pathetic. (Disclaimer: […]

Fridays Above Replacement

I’m sure you’ve all heard the title of this column uttered by curious hapless on-air personalities at some point or another. But what does it mean? At the base level, it means a particular batter hits well when the pitcher throws fastballs.  As a corollary to this, I’ll say that ALL major leaguers are good […]

Fridays Above Replacement

Jose Peraza has played in 16 games for your Cincinnati Reds.  He played in 7 games for someone’s Los Angeles Dodgers.  In total, Peraza has been to the plate 77 times.  Since Bryan Price chose to play a possibly-concussed Billy Hamilton over Peraza on Thursday night, I don’t have to include any caveats like “through […]

Fridays Above Replacement

Warning: This post will have plenty of numbers and math and “advanced” things. I have to make up for this debacle. Before the season started, I wrote a piece about lineups.  If you want another affirmation for lineups not mattering that much, you can click on the link and read what I had to say. […]

Fridays Above Replacement

Jay Bruce is having a resurgent season at the plate.  As of this writing, Bruce is slashing .273/.329/.581 with a 135 wRC+.  If the season ended today, this would be Bruce’s most prolific hitting season by around 11% on a per-plate-appearance basis. This offensive uptick has likely increased Jay Bruce’s trade value a fair bit.  […]

Fridays Above Replacement

All astute baseball fans have noticed there is a big difference in Joey Votto’s game this year.  No, I’m not talking about his sub-.230 AVG or his sub-.360 OBP.  I’m talking, of course, about his strikeout rate (K%). Votto has never had a K% at 20% or higher, with his career high being 19.5% in […]

Fridays Above Replacement

To begin, I’d like to apologize to everyone who clicked on this link expecting some sort of in-depth statistical analysis.  Unfortunately, you won’t find such an analysis this week. With the holiday weekend and some sickness in the family, I didn’t have time to research anything interesting.  Instead, I’d like to tell you about my […]

Fridays Above Replacement

Awhile ago I got the idea to write about the Reds bench.  More specifically, to write about the type of bench the Reds have put together over the last several seasons and see if we can find anything interesting. I think the narrative is already in place.  The Reds prefer to spend money on aging […]

Fridays Above Replacement

“Luck” is a very divisive word among baseball fans of late.  The word gets thrown around a lot when discussing common statistical measures, such as Batting Average on Balls In Play (BABIP) for hitters or Left On Base Percentage (LOB%) for pitchers.  What does “luck” really mean, though, in the context of hitting and batted […]