USING STANDARD DEVIATIONS TO ANALYZE THE HOMER-HAPPY START OF THE SEASON

Every baseball fan and fantasy player knows it: homers are up, and steals are on the decline. Last year, MLB teams averaged 1.15 HR per game. This year, that number is up to 1.35 and the summer heat will likely make that number rise even further. In 2018, MLB teams on average stole 82 bags over the course of the season, or 0.51 bases per game. That number is at 0.47 so far this year, continuing a downward trend. Average Team Steals Per Game 2014 0.57 2015 0.52 2016 0.52 2017 0.52 2018 0.51 2019 0.47* *As of June 17,…

Episode 1 – Infield Rest of Season Rankings

James & Mick discuss surprises, disappointments, and just plain studs. Players discussed:C: “El Gary” Sanchez, Yasmani Grandal, JT Realmuto, Mitch Garver1B: Trey “Boom Boom” Mancini, Cody Bellinger (hot or not?), Freddie Freeman, Edwin Encarnacion, Joey “The Rooster” Gallo2B: Jose Altuve, Mike MoustakasSS: Adalberto Mondesi, Ketel Marte, Manny Machado3B: Vladimir Guerrero Jr, Rafael Devers, Austin Riley — This episode is sponsored by · Anchor: The easiest way to make a podcast. https://anchor.fm/app

CAN EUGENIO SUAREZ BREAK OUT?

Eugenio Suarez’s overall numbers were fairly consistent from year one with the Cincinnati Reds to year two. In a November Fangraphs article titled ‘Eugenio Suarez Is Who He Is’ (https://fantasy.fangraphs.com/eugenio-suarez-is-who-he-is/), Josh Shepardson pointed out that many of Suarez’s plate discipline and batted ball numbers were very, very consistent from 2015 to 2016.  In fact, there was no change greater than two percent in line drive, ground ball, or fly ball percentages or pull, center, or opposite field percentages.  Shepardson did point out Suarez improved his walk percentage from 4.3% in 2015 to 8.1% in 2016, which was more in line…

VINCE VELASQUEZ’S FUTURE REMAINS UP IN THE AIR

Vince Velasquez’s future remains up in the air. Can he figure out his secondary pitches? Can he be a starter? Or is he more suited to be a reliever? And the big one: can he stay healthy? Velasquez is currently on the DL. On May 30 of this season, he left a start against the Marlins with a forearm/elbow injury after facing just six batters. An MRI showed he had a “mild flexor strain” in his pitching arm and Phillies GM Matt Klentak said this result was “as good of news as we could have hoped for.” Last season, on…