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Although strikeouts in Major League Baseball have declined slightly this season, the overall trajectory in the last decade has been a precipitous rise. Meanwhile, walks have been gradually dwindling over the same span. This divergence has played a role in the overall decline in offense, however, some players have been able to buck these prevailing […]

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The validity of “pitching to the score” isn’t really a sabermetric debate. After all, it pits the importance of pitcher wins versus ERA, two statistics that have been tracked since the advent of the box score. Nonetheless, the discussion usually breaks down along party lines, with number crunchers often insisting the concept is a myth, […]

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Baseball is once again a young man’s game. At least that’s the current narrative being used to explain an impressive crop of under-aged stars who have burst upon the scene. But, is youth really being served throughout the sport, or are these headline acts misleading? Players (Age-23 or Younger) with an OPS+ of 120+ (minimum […]

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As MLB nears the midway point, each division seems primed for an exciting summer. The largest first place lead currently stands at only five games in the loss column, and 19 teams sit within that margin (including division leaders). However, despite the top heavy concentration of teams, the overall level of parity is more diluted, […]

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The Yankees are a very lucky team, at least according to Pythagoras. After losing last night’s doubleheader night cap by a 6-0 margin, the Bronx Bombers have now allowed just as many runs as they have scored. Normally, being run neutral is indicative of a .500 team, but, despite recent struggles, the Yankees currently sit […]

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Among the many disappointments from a frustrating week of Yankees baseball was another step backwards by Phil Hughes. Of course, that’s not to say it shouldn’t have been expected. Although the right hander’s inconsistency can be maddening for Yankee fans, that’s more their fault than his. In his six-plus years on the mound, Hughes has […]

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Because the Yankees have done well despite suffering several significant injuries, many have dismissed the team’s recent struggles. After all, if you had asked him on Opening Day, Joe Girardi probably would have signed up for .500 at this point in the season, the argument goes, so at 30-22, the Yankees are still way ahead […]

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