|Gold digging with HBT|
Written by Bjoern Hartig (Contact & Archive) on March 11, 2009
Dave Studeman and Mike Webber of the Hardball Times worked with Bill James on his The Bill James Gold Mine 2009, collecting "short, interesting and meaningful" statistical "nuggets". Not all their finding made it though, and they present the rejected nuggets on The Hardball Times. Here are some highlights:
Pitches outside the strike zone...
No wonder Zito was so bad last year. If hitters start smashing your pitches outside the zone, where are you going to throw? Another reason why Zito's contract is one of the worst active contracts in MLB.
Dodger pitcher Hiroki Kuroda pitched some of his best games against the best teams, but only had a 1-2 record to show for it. Yet he posted a 5.66 ERA against the worst teams and posted a 2-1 record against them.
Opponent G IP W L SO BB ERA
I guess that's the kind of pitcher you need in October. The ERA, not the wins. And now to the complete opposite case:
B.J. Upton batted .200 with a .598 OPS against the best pitchers he faced and .361/1.013 against the worst.
AB H HR RBI Avg OPS
Check out the rest yourself over at HBT. And if those are the rejected nuggets, what actually made it to the book really must be pure gold.