Photo Credit: @cardinalsgifs On Thursday, Statcast unveiled a new defensive metric: outs above average. Essentially, they use catch probability to determine the “expected” number of plays the average outfielder would have made given set of opportunities, and compare it to how many plays that given outfielder actually made. It’s really a
Photo Credit: @cardinalsgifs Yesterday, I examined the Cardinals baserunning talent using Statcast’s new sprint speed metric. We found that the Cardinals actually have six of ten qualified players with an above average sprint speed. However, we also found that every Cardinals player save Yadier Molina is slower this year than last.
Photo Credit: @cardinalsgifs This morning, Statcast released a new metric which tracks baserunner sprint speed. You can read more about the metric here, courtesy of Mike Petriello. To measure sprint speed, the Statcast team measures the fastest one second window during a player’s “competitive” run and reports that speed in feet per
Photo Credit: @cardinalsgifs The St. Louis Cardinals played more bad baseball than good (again) this week. Their playoff odds are down to 16.1% which still feels too high. FanGraphs now gives the Cardinals a 1.0% chance at winning the World Series, which also feels too high. Yet, while Cardinals baseball has been tougher
photo by @cardinalsgifs Through 71 games, Tommy Pham has been the St. Louis Cardinals best hitter. To gauge players offensively, I prefer to use wRC+ (weighted runs created plus). Pham’s 132 wRC+ is 32% better than league average (100) and 8% better than Matt Carpenter. His .375 wOBA (weighted on-base average) is