How to Judge the Atlanta Braves’ Rebuild

Last Friday at FanGraphs I wrote a bit about how fans should feel about the Atlanta Braves’ rebuild. To me, the judgement of the rebuild itself isn’t as important as coming up with a systematic way of measuring it. Either way I’m pretty pleased with the results.

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Ubaldo Jimenez Found His Mechanics at the Right Time

In my latest post for FanGraphs I examine Ubaldo Jimenez’s four good starts in the context of the Orioles’ playoff run.

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The Brewers’ Incredibly High Attempted-Steal Rate

Welcome back from the long Labor Day weekend!

Last Friday at FanGraphs I showed how the Brewers’ attempted-steal rate is far and away the highest of any team this year. Their baserunning belongs in 1987, not 2016.


The Orioles are Avoiding Stolen Bases like the Plague

In my last article at Camden Chat (*sniff*), I use the 2016 Orioles’ potentially record-setting refusal to steal bases as a pretext for examining how they’ve approached basestealing throughout their tenure in Baltimore.

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Joining FanGraphs + Royals’ Strikeouts

I’m thrilled beyond words to announce that I’ll be writing for FanGraphs and The Hardball Times on a freelance basis. I’ve been reading these sites for eight years and think they post the highest-quality baseball analysis and commentary out there. It is a surreal but amazing feeling to see my name on their site and to be a part of their staff. Quite literally, a dream come true.

My first article is about the KC Royals’ notable rise in strikeouts this year. Hope you enjoy it!

J.J. Hardy has Recovered from his Torn Labrum

You may recall that J.J. Hardy played all of 2015 with a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder. You may also recall that 2015 was by far his worst offensive season ever, as he altered his swing to accommodate the injury and had poor results to show for it.

Well in 2016 Hardy is back hitting the ball hard and has very good results to show for it.

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Series Preview: Orioles @ Athletics

Normally I don’t post these kinds of pieces on this blog because they’re not that analytics. But I did a fair amount of analysis in looking at the Orioles and A’s series that continues through August 11th.

Hyun-Soo Kim’s Success is For Real

I must be fascinated with Hyun-Soo Kim, because I wrote about him and the good year he’s having for a second time this season!

Mark Trumbo Stays Hot

Over at Camden Chat I explored Mark Trumbo’s stellar 2016 performance and talked about whether it will last the rest of the year.

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Mychal Givens’ Elevated Fastball is Just Okay

Mychal Givens has been nearly as good this year as last, but his ERA and win total hide the fact that he’s gotten worse in an important way. I dig into the data and posit that an adjustment he made may need more adjusting.

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