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Once upon a time before multiple laptops meltified on me, I used to do more than just draw colored circles on the same ol’ XY scatter graphs and gesture at them wildly, claiming to see c;ear shapes and mathematical patterns in the Sabremetic equivalent of a Jackson Pollock painting…

Pollock vs. Hale - inspiration or plagarism?

Pollock vs. Hale - inspiration or plagarism?

…real, hard-hitting stuff about the inner workings of the game, with solid numbers cranked out from a massive pitch f/x database made up of hundreds of thousands of pitches and spanning years.

Well, it’s finally healthy again (and currently causing trouble over at The Hardball Times). So I ask you, small band of baseball nerds zealots who frequent these parts, what’s on your mind? Want to know if Alex Rios swings at more sinking changeups on the outer third when playing in afternoon games with the wind in his face, just like you always suspected? Always wanted to see a pretty picture of every strikeout pitch thrown by the Doc over the last three years? Whatever, I’m your monkey. Hit me.

Just don’t say B.J. Ryan. I know.

Written by halejon

April 23, 2009 at 8:14 pm

Posted in Seriousness

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  1. Can you show me just how amazing Roy Halladay and Scott Downs are?


    April 23, 2009 at 10:40 pm

  2. Can you show me whether or not Cito actually did anything special to any of the hitters?

    Show me the charts of the hitters under Cito that were still under Gibbons and use a timefranme of persay, 2006 until he was fired.

    Do things like # of pitcher seen per PA, LD%, GB/FB rate, which pitches are hit more, which are swung and missed more etc.

    I’m curious to see if there is any substantial difference or if the whole Cito is a hitters god is all BS.

    So we’re looking at like Hill, Wells, Rios, and Overbay. Try using timeframes when they are percieved to be healthy (as in not Wells 07 season). We’re trying to find objective proof to whether or not Gibby ruined these hitters.


    April 23, 2009 at 11:27 pm

  3. Eyebleaf: Ummm…probably? Can you be a little more specific? 🙂

    Cpronman: That’s more like it! That’s a good project, forgot about that one. I took a quick look last year and there didn’t seem to be much of a change, at least compared to Mencherson –> Lind.

    The data only goes back to 2007, though. And Hill will be tough because he doesn’t really have any AB post-cito.


    April 23, 2009 at 11:47 pm

  4. I’d love to see everything graphworthy that has to do with Scott Downs. Also, more hilarity. For example, the BJ Ryan “beachball” graph made me laugh very hard.


    April 24, 2009 at 12:29 am

  5. Good to have you back Jon.

    I’ve done some rudimentary work on Brandon League and his various release points, I wonder if you could give him the once over and let us all know if it’s mechanical or something worse.

    Thanks Professor Hale, you’re the king.

    Drew LtB

    April 24, 2009 at 3:14 am

  6. After a larger sample size, I want to know more or anything about (especially) Snider and Lind.

    brent in Korea

    April 24, 2009 at 4:34 am

  7. Do a Scott Richmond-Josh Towers comparison. Scotty deserves his chance to be vindicated!


    April 24, 2009 at 8:31 am

  8. Easy.

    BJ Ryan this year vs. BJ Ryan last year vs. BJ Ryan pre TJ.

    WTF happened to that beautiful slider?


    April 24, 2009 at 10:28 am


      These are all great, keep them coming. I’m a little hesitant to get into release point because there used to be some serious inconsistencies from one park to the next, but I’ll see what I can do.


      April 24, 2009 at 4:39 pm

      • It had to be done!


        April 27, 2009 at 9:54 am

  9. I’ve always wondered who has had the advantage when it comes to former battery mates, the pitcher or the catcher? Commentators always talk about it but no one has a good answer.


    April 24, 2009 at 11:59 am

  10. another, more pitch-fx oriented thing would be to look at brandon league’s good outings vs his bad outings and try to see the issue.


    April 24, 2009 at 12:04 pm

  11. Give us Downs syndrome!

    Dustin Parkes

    April 24, 2009 at 12:12 pm

  12. incorporate brian tallet’s awesome mustache.


    April 24, 2009 at 2:05 pm

  13. yeah – size of strike-zone when tallet has moustache vs. tallet without moustache


    April 24, 2009 at 9:58 pm

  14. Wanna do me a favour and spit out the sinker-ball pitchers so far this year.

    It really doesn’t have much to do with the Jays, but I could use a list and don’t have access to a database. I’m not sure if you can just use the pitch classification, or have to draw up a query — but it’ll take 2 seconds, right?


    or, if you dont want to be a bff — could you go over the hellishly awesome 4.1 IP of Burress last night.


    April 26, 2009 at 10:02 am

  15. Richmond seems to get better every time he goes out there, is he doing anything differently than when he started?


    April 29, 2009 at 12:24 pm

  16. Hey Jon,

    Can you show whether or not any big market teams get any favorable calls over the last few seasons?

    The ‘Spos

    the expos

    April 29, 2009 at 7:47 pm

  17. Maybe someday – the simple answer is no. I used to be all over this umpire stuff but them MLB kinda called an end to it. It takes a helluva lot more work than you’d think to really nail down and after crunching the numbers for 2007 it turned out the Jays had the second best calls in the league so I quietly swept it under the carpet…There might be more with a bigger sample size but the glaring Yankees home field advantage we all assume exists (or at least one ump with a giant hard-on for them) just wasn’t there.


    April 30, 2009 at 3:31 am

  18. is BJ Ryan really as bad as we think he is? Or is he making a lot of good pitches that are just getting cranked? Maybe some kind of Pitch f/x on hard hit balls that he’s given up?


    May 23, 2009 at 9:03 pm

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