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Statistical Analysis: Which MLB Teams Do the Best Job Analyzing Statistics?

Tampa Bay Devil Rays executive vice president of baseball operations  Andrew Friedman talks to the media at a press conference November 3, 2005 at Tropicana Field. (Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***
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Scott BarzillaContributor IIISeptember 15, 2016

After much research and sleepless nights, the numbers have been compiled for our final analysis scores. I included lineups, rotations and bullpens to come up with final team rankings. Naturally, the entire rosters were not included because we are talking about the best laid plans of mice and men. We are here to evaluate the ultimate wisdom of those plans and not necessarily the end result. Someone can go to Vegas, put all of their money on No. 19 at the roulette table and possibly win. It doesn't mean it was a good bet.

I should note the analysis scores will not necessarily solely determine the final general manager rankings. There is a noticeable diminishing of returns as payrolls move higher up. If we look closer at the data we will see things that jump out at us in a positive or negative way. Also, rest assured I will define the methods for everyone following the table. This link can be your base of operations for those interested in their individual teams.

  Salary Rank Lineup Rotation Bullpen Comp Analysis
Dbacks

 

 

53.6 25 17.6 8.4 18.4 14.8 +10.2
Braves

 

 

87.0 15 12.2 3.9 5.8 7.3 +7.7
Orioles

 

 

85.3 18 11.4 22.5 17.8 17.2 +0.8
Red Sox

 

 

161.7 3 3.4 10.1 7.0 6.8 -3.8
Cubs

 

 

125.0 6 17.6 16.6 18.1 17.4 -11.4
White Sox

 

 

127.8 5 16.5 13.2 8.1 12.6 -7.6
Reds

 

 

75.9 19 13.8 22.0 12.9 16.2 +2.8
Indians

 

 

49.2 26 8.6 24.1 16.9 16.5 +9.5
Rockies

 

 

88.1 14 8.6 18.6 12.5 13.2 +0.8
Tigers

 

 

105.7 10 13.2 14.0 12.2 13.1 -3.1
Marlins

 

 

56.9 24 21.4 12.5 22.4 18.8 +5.2
Astros

 

 

70.7 20 26.8 21.1 22.7 23.5 -3.5
Royals

 

 

36.1 30 20.4 28.0 16.7 21.7 +8.3
Angels

 

 

138.5 4 23.2 12.5 15.5 17.1 -13.1
Dodgers

 

 

104.2 12 12.0 6.9 13.6 10.8 +1.2
Brewers

 

 

85.5 17 20.8 10.5 16.3 15.9 +1.1
Twins

 

 

112.7 9 14.6 18.3 17.1 16.7 -7.7
Mets

 

 

118.8 7 11.6 14.0 18.8 14.8 -7.8
Yankees

 

 

202.7 1 4.0 13.5 5.1 7.5 -6.5
Athletics

 

 

66.5 21 9.0 14.6 6.6 10.1 +10.9
Phillies

 

 

173.0 2 10.0 4.4 14.8 9.7 -7.7
Pirates

 

 

45.0 28 16.2 25.4 26.7 22.8 +5.2
Padres

 

 

45.9 27 20.4 17.6 5.0 14.3 +12.7
Giants

 

 

118.2 8 19.2 6.0 8.3 11.2 -3.2
Mariners

 

 

86.5 16 22.0 7.3 26.8 18.7 -2.7
Cardinals

 

 

105.4 11 3.8 10.9 17.5 10.7 +0.3
Rays

 

 

41.1 29 12.4 11.2 22.3 15.3 +13.7
Rangers

 

 

92.3 13 15.8 18.1 20.0 18.0 -5.0
Blue Jays

 

 

62.6 23 21.0 26.4 16.5 21.3 +1.7
Nationals

 

 

63.9 22 24.4 20.7 15.7 20.3 +1.7

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 05: General Manager Dayton Moore of the Kansas City Royals visits on the field prior to the 2010 home opener against the Detroit Tigers on April 5, 2010 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by G. Newman Lowrance/Get
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HOUSTON - JUNE 14:  (L-R) Manager Brad Mills, general manager Ed Wade and Tal Smith, president of baseball operations for the Houston Astros, talk on the field after announcing that former Astros pitcher Doug Brocail was named interim pitching coach befor
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Offensive Statistics

NOBA- This stands for normalized On Base Percentage. It calculates a player's OBP assuming they play in a neutral run environment.

NSLG- This stands for normalized Slugging percentage. It calculates a player's SLG assuming they play in a neutral run environment.

BB%- Percentage of plate appearances where the player drew a walk.

K%- Percentage of plate appearances where the player struck out.

Ratio- How many strikeouts per walk did the player have?

SwingBB- How often did a player swing at pitches that would have been balls.

ISO- Stands for isolated power. Isolated power is taken by subtracting batting average from slugging percentage.

EBH%- What percentage of plate appearances result in an extra base hit.

HR/FB- What percentage of fly balls result in a home run

Base-running

Bill James- How many bases did the player gain over the average player through their baserunning according to Bill James?

Fangraphs- How many runs did the player gain over the average player through their baserunning according to Fangraphs?

Baseball Prospectus- How many runs did the player gain over the average player through their baserunning according to Baseball Prospectus?

Baserunner Runs- How many runs did the player gain over the average player through their baserunning according to baseball-reference.com?

Fielding

Dewan- How many runs did the player save through his fielding in comparison with the average player at that position according to Fielding Bible data?

Baseball Prospectus- How many runs did the player save through his fielding in comparison with the average player at that position according to Baseball Prospectus.

Fangraphs- How many runs did the player save through his fielding in comparison with the average player at that position to Fangraphs?

DWAR- stands for defensive wins above replacement. DWAR is calculated at baseball-reference.com and refers to the number of wins a player gains for his team with his glove in comparison with a replacement level (minor league) player.

Pitching

IPS- stands for inning per start. This is a stat that only applies to starting pitchers.

ERA- stands for earned run average and is well-known.

FIP- stands for fielding independent pitching. It estimates an ERA assuming that a team has an average defensive efficiency rating.

NERA- Stands for neutral ERA. It calculates a pitcher's ERA if they were to pitch in a neutral run environment.

LOB%- percentage of runners a pitcher leaves on base.

K/9- How many strikeouts  does a player have for every nine innings pitched?

BB/9- How many walks does a player have for every nine innings pitched?

Ratio- How many walks does a pitcher have for every strikeout they have?

HR/9- How many home runs per nine innings did the pitcher surrender?

BABIP- Stands for batting average on balls in play. What is the batting average against the pitcher once strikeouts, walks and home runs are removed?

WPA- stands for wins probabilities added. WPA attempts to calculate how responsible a player is for a win or loss based on how they perform and the situation they perform in. WPA is used exclusively for relief pitchers in this instance, but is calculated on all players.

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