Pitcher List Library: Our Best Baseball Research Articles

Learn about baseball stats and how to play fantasy baseball better.

People have come to expect great analysis and in-depth looks from the Pitcher List staff, and much of that research is regularly referenced in articles and podcasts on the site. It’s about time we created the Pitcher List Library to house every research article in one place. We’ll be maintaining this list of our groundbreaking content, in-depth dissections of the sport, and create a starting point for continuing research.

 

Welcome to the Pitcher List Library

 

Pitching

This is Pitcher List, so of course we’ll focus on pitching content first.

Pitcher List authors have looked at pitching statistics and said, “here, hold my rosin bag!” In addition to providing insight into current pitching statistics, we have developed our own metrics, built on the shoulders of the greats before us. We welcome others to expand and improve on our work.

(Called Strikes + Whiffs)/Total Pitches. It seems like such a simple formula, that many people are kicking themselves for not thinking about it. As it turns out, a simple formula provides a number of useful insights:

Pitcher evaluation obviously does not rely on CSW alone, and we have additional resources to help eye up a pitcher.

In this section, we’ll look towards pitching research that is not statistically focused or demonstrates how to apply statistical analysis in the field. Warren Spahn said, “Hitting is timing, pitching is upsetting timing.” These articles explain the truth behind Spahn’s quote.

See the ball: You have to see it to hit it!

Pitch types and other planning tactics

Tools are only good if they are maintained, upgraded when needed, and the operator fully understands how to use the tool. These papers below bring a critical eye towards additional fantasy pitching tools.

 

Hitting

The villain in Spahn’s quotes, even in the worst of times, batters are going to put the ball in play in positive ways. The Pitcher List staff isn’t afraid to look at the offensive side of baseball and find better, smarter, and new ways to look at hitting and offense.

Before we can be practical, we have to be experimental. One of the biggest problems with offensive baseball statistics is that they can lack specifics. Pitcher List writers have been able to expand on offensive stats and give them some specifics.

All the stats in the world still need to be applied, examined, verified, and, if needed, dismissed. Not only have Pitcher List writers created stats, but then have used them to examine the real world and run their fantasy teams. Not only will be you better smarter after reading these articles, but you’ll also be on the way to improving your fantasy teams!

Understanding stats

Fantasy and stats

 

Fantasy

Fine. Fine. Fine. Tell me all about baseball, but what about my fantasy team? How does this all help my fantasy game? I can’t lose to my boss AGAIN?!?

Stats for better fantasy drafts

Tips for better fantasy drafts

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Mat Kovach

Despite being an Indians fan in the late 70's I grew to love baseball. I started throwing spitballs when I was 10 and have been fascinated with competitive shenanigans in baseball ever since.

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