1. Here's a Thought: What Ken Griffey Jr. and Melky Cabrera Have In Common

    When I was looking at this leaderboard of zone percentage (the percentage of pitches in the strike zone to a hitter), two things jumped out. The first was that Pablo Sandoval saw way fewer strikes than anyone...

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  2. Here's a Thought: Pablo Sandoval's Most Incredible Stat

    If I told you Albert Pujols sees the fewest pitches in the strike zone in MLB, at 43.7 percent, would you believe me? Would you believe me if I told you a bunch of other sluggers are just behind Pujols, like Ryan Howard (44 percent), Justin Morneau (44...

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  3. Here's a Thought: Making Sense of Kevin Slowey

    Dan Haren, Roy Halladay, Zack Greinke, Javier Vazquez, Kevin Slowey. The first four pitchers on that list are aces. The fifth is Kevin Slowey. Those five lead all qualified pitchers in strikeout-to walk ratio...

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  4. Here's a Thought: Hey Brad Ziegler, Throw Your Slider More!

    Obviously, all A's fans (and many baseball fans) know the story of Brad Ziegler. He was signed by the A's out of the independent leagues, wasn't very good, was converted from conventional ...

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  5. Here's a Thought: Carlos Torres, Heath Phillips, and Wasted Careers

    The Chicago White Sox currently have a pitching prospect named Carlos Torres. White Sox fans, I'd forgive you if you've never heard of him. Non-White Sox fans, I'd be shocked if you have...

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  6. Here's a Thought: Explaining Levels Of Pitching Statistics

    The pitcher pictured in this article, J.A. Happ, is 6-0 with a 2.91 ERA. Great, right? Wrong. If you know about BABIP, strand rate, FIP, and where I'm about to go with this, you don't need to read this...

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  7. Here's a Thought: Matt Cain Isn't Making Any Progress

    Entering the year, it seemed that Giants fans were looking for Matt Cain to take a big step forward and join Tim Lincecum as a second ace in the San Francisco rotation. With a 10-2 record and 2...

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  8. Here's a Thought: Garrett Jones Just Might Be for Real

    Before this month, I doubt many of you had heard of Pirates outfielder Garrett Jones. Now, the power-hitting Jones is the hot pickup in fantasy baseball, and he's immediately become a middle-of-the-order presence for the Pirates...

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  9. Here's a Thought: Brett Anderson Is Turning a Corner

    Looking at the A's rotation so far, it's clear that Dallas Braden is every bit the good #2 guy I thought he could be. Josh Outman looked very good before blowing out his elbow, and Vince Mazzaro should be a good starter for years to come...

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  10. Here's a Thought: Two Variables That Affect Pitching (and Many That Don't)

    If you haven't already, definitely check out the last edition of "Here's a Thought." Basically, that article is a statistical study that proves that fastball velocity and usage has absolutely no impact on the effectiveness of the fastball...

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  11. Here's a Thought: Examining Fastball Effectiveness in Major League Baseball

    A few days ago, I wrote this article, which looks at the fastball effectiveness of the Oakland Athletics' pitchers...

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  12. Here's a Thought: Marlins GM Larry Beinfest is a Genius

    Larry Beinfest is a genius. I'm a fan of the A's and Billy Beane, but Beinfest is head-and-shoulders better than any executive in the game. Why? Consider this table of payroll and win-loss record since Beinfest took over in 2002...

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  13. Here's a Thought: Looking at the Jack Hannahan Trade from Both Sides

    Today, if you haven't heard, the A's traded 3B Jack Hannahan to the Mariners for minor league RHP Justin Souza. Before we look at the trade itself, let's consider the players involved...

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  14. Here's A Thought: The Royals Didn't Need A Shortstop

    My reaction to yesterday's Yuniesky Betancourt trade was pretty similar to the reaction most people had. "Wow, Dayton Moore is a terrible GM. Thank God I'm not a Royals fan." There are just so many things wrong with the trade...

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  15. Here's A Thought: The Phillies Should Get Hector Ambriz, Not Pedro Martinez

    Much has been made of the Philadelphia Phillies' recent pursuit of Pedro Martinez. I was pondering that potential acquisition today, and it does make sense on a certain level...

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  16. Albert Pujols, Robinson Cano, and Approaches To Pitching

    I'll give you one guess as to who the best fastball hitter in the majors is. Not only has Albert Pujols done the most destruction to heaters this season, but it's not even close. Pujols is 4...

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  17. What the Oakland A's Should Do Now

    It's now quite clear where the A's are. They have a young, competent pitching staff that will eventually improve, and a completely ineffective lineup filled largely with veterans...

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  18. Livan Hernandez and the 66-mph Curve of Doom

    Few things in baseball look as cool as a big curveball. The ball seems to drop out of midair and buckle the batter's knees for strike three...

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  19. Fastballs of the Oakland A's

    I love Fangraphs.com's Pitch Type Linear Weights. You can read about them here. Basically, they measure the effectiveness of a pitch in terms of how many runs it prevents per 100 pitches...

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  20. "What?! He's Still Playing?!" Part Four of Five

    If you've read Part One, the intro to this article is the same, so skip down to the players. For the benefit of those of you who haven't read Part One, here is the series intro: Have you ever looked at a box score or turned on the T...

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  21. Michael Wuertz: More Deserving of an All-Star Spot Than Andrew Bailey

    A's fans like myself really appreciate Andrew Bailey. The rookie right-hander has emerged from obscurity to become one of the best relievers in baseball this season...

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  22. "What?! He's Still Playing?!" Part Three of Five

    If you've read Part One, the intro to this article is the same, so skip down to the players. For the benefit of those of you who haven't read Part One, here is the series intro: Have you ever ...

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  23. The Vindication of Brooks Conrad

    Yesterday night, I turned on the TV to watch The Late Late Show, only to find that it was starting 20 minutes late. Just for this week, I think they should've renamed it The Late Late Late Show...

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  24. "What?! He's Still Playing?!" Part Two of Five

    If you've read Part One, the intro to this article is the same, so skip down to the players. For the benefit of those of you who haven't read Part One, here is the series intro: Have you ...

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  25. "What?! He's Still Playing?!" Part One of Five

    Have you ever looked at a box score or turned on the TV to a baseball game and seen a name you never expected to see? A name you hadn't seen in several years? I had a moment like that just last week...

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