Pitches, Dongs, and Balls

How does the dead ball affect when we can trust certain stats?

Dugout Study Hall – Expert layman Matt Goodwin (@TheCorkedMatt) and fake baseball economist Alexander Chase (@chase_rate) follow up on last episode’s discussion of pitch location metrics, play a guessing game with wRC+ and MaxEV, and discuss more dead-ball impact on the normalization of certain metrics. Help us out with a FIVE STAR RATING and a REVIEW wherever you listen and ENJOY!

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  • Off the Books: Follow up on pitch location metrics (01:09)
  • Analytics: trying to win using math (09:33)
  • Does the dead ball make pitch location more or less important? (11:49)
  • Numbers of the Week: wRC+ and MaxEV leaders game (18:06)
  • Dead ball impact on parks (25:04)
  • Would it dong? (25:58)
  • Misshapen balls (34:31)
  • When can we trust certain metrics with the different balls? (37:39)
  • Is Josh Naylor for real? (47:42)
  • Talking about players (51:56)
    • Andrew Vaughn, Joc Pederson, Gleyber Torres, Lourdes Gurriel Jr., Alec Bohm, Christian Yelich
    • Joey Gallo, Josh Donaldson, Joey Votto, Luke Voit, Akil Baddoo, Dylan Carlson, Ozzie Albies, Jose Altuve, Trent Grisham, Trevor Story

Note: Episode recorded on 05/11/22

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