Analytics

SOTG MLB Power Rankings

Matthew de Marte

Power Rankings are a staple of sports content. In this article I create my own power rankings based off of an objective formula I created. In the future we will continue to evaluate how well the Algorithm is at evaluating performance and predicting future performance.

Short-Stop Analytics #6: Lets Talk About Launch Angle

Matthew de Marte

Launch Angle has become a buzzword with not much meaning behind it, and the definition and application of it has become mixed up in mainstream baseball media. In this piece I attempt to set the record straight on launch angle and introduce a better way to utilize it in player evaluation.

Short-Stop Analytics #5: The Rays Made Baseball History

Matthew de Marte

The Rays made history on Saturday May 19th, and Sunday May 20th when they deployed Sergio Romo as their starting pitcher. A reliever who recorded a combined 7 outs during the two starts. In this addition of Short-Stop analytics I analyze The Opener and how viable a strategy it can be for teams.

Blast Motion Sensor: Correlation to On-Field Performance and How to Better Utilize it

Matthew de Marte

The first study SOTG has performed. For the past four months, I looked into the Blast Motion sensor to see how well performance on it correlated to on-field performance. After identifying whether or not the sensor was useful in predicting a players performance, and evaluating their swing, looking at which specific metrics should be focused on to best enhance a players swing and development.

Short-Stop Analytics #4: An Attempt to Bridge the Gap from Old School to New

Matthew de Marte

Since launching SOTG one complaint I have heard often is everything that baseball analytics cannot do. In this piece I attempt to bridge the gap from old school to new. As someone who is fully invested in analytics place in baseball, I give my best shot at explaining why you should believe in analytics with some evidence of how this sort of analysis can lead to one becoming more educated about baseball and will gain a better perspective regarding it.

Season Preview Part 2: Season and Awards Predictions

Matthew de Marte, Jonathan de Marte, Jack Landess

The entire Students of the Game team worked together to give their predictions for the 2018 season. SOTG team members give their Awards and playoff predictions in this article. Like the first preview, some are statistically backed, and some are not.

2018 Season Preview Part 1: Bold Predictions

Matthew de Marte

 As part 1 of our season preview series, this article features my ten bold predictions for the 2018 season. Some are statistically backed, some are not, but this is a fun piece where I get to share some of my personal opinions.

Short-Stop Analytics #3: Should Christian Yelich be Elevating More?

Matthew de Marte

Christian Yelich is one of the premier center fielders in baseball and is already a well above league average hitter. In this Short-Stop Analytics piece, I explore whether or not elevating more could benefit Yelich as a player and make him a more productive hitter.

Short-Stop Analytics #2: A Potential Evolution for the Shift

Matthew de Marte

Every team in Major League Baseball employs some sort of shift, and every year teams benefit from it by preventing hits through the positioning of fielders based on studying spray charts of opposing players. Can organizations become more creative with their shifts? In this article, I explore the possibility of the four-man outfield and if it would be beneficial for teams.

Short-Stop Analytics #1: The Death of the Sac Bunt

Matthew de Marte

The sac bunt has died. In this exploratory analytics piece, I go behind the numbers that have influenced teams’ decisions to limit the number of times they sac bunt. I analyze and explain the numbers to better understand when, if ever, it is a good time to sac bunt.

Statcast Skills to Team Wins

Matthew de Marte

Statcast has changed the way we consume and analyze baseball forever. In this piece, I use the coding application Rstudio to find what statcast skills correlate best to team wins. It is an exploratory piece looking to see if there are any specific skills teams can focus on that would help generate more wins.

Potential Breakout Candidate: Tyler Chatwood

Matthew de Marte

In this piece, I look into the statistical profile of new Cubs righty Tyler Chatwood. I argue that what Chatwood has accomplished in his career to date may not be the best Tyler Chatwood, and with a change to his pitch arsenal, he could potentially be a valuable member of the Cubs’ rotation and a well above-average pitcher.

 

The Angels Should Still Be Looking To Buy

Matthew de Marte

In this post, I examine the offseason additions the Angels have made and how they are upgrades over the players who occupied these positions during the 2017 season. I then give reasons why the Angels should continue to make additions and bolster their core to maximize their current window of contention.