A Tuesday Morning Triple Scoop from Fangraphs


If you’ve followed Philadelphia at all, you’ve realized that something just isn’t quite right with starter Cole Hamels. He’s been one of the most dominant lefties in the National League over the past few seasons, but has been anything but dominant through the first quarter of 2013.

It’s easy to point out that Hamels is struggling. It’s much more difficult to pinpoint just exactly why he’s struggling.

That’s exactly what Matt Swartz over at Fangraphs has done. Click the link and check out his step-by-step statistical analysis as he works his way to identifying the culprit – Hamels’ changeup.

The more I read Fangraphs.com, the more enamored I become at what the writers over there do. Their high-level analytical research and investigation could rival that of the CIA.

Here are a couple more gems we found perusing their stories yesterday:


Remember Miguel Cabrera’s three home run night Sunday against the Rangers? The Tigers’ first baseman’s were the three longest homers hit that day.

Even more remarkable than that feat itself is the way that Cabrera accomplished it.

Jeff Sullivan illustrates how Cabrera hit three different pitches with three different swings on balls that left the yard near center field. His write up is chock full of swing animations, plot charts, and still shots.

The display is a microcosm of just how special a hitter Cabrera is.


Move over, Mariano. You’re no longer the only one-pitch closer in town.

Edward Mujica has provided stability to an otherwise shaky Cardinals bullpen. The journeyman reliever has filled in nicely as St. Louis’ emergency closer. Several of his teammates had failed in their attempt to replace the injured Jason Motte in the ninth-inning role, but Mujica has been curiously efficient.

Dave Cameron has found that, as closer, Mujica is relying overwhelmingly on the same pitch thrown in the same location – a split-finger fastball thrown low and away to hitters.

It’s not Rivera’s cutter – one of the game’s all-time greatest single pitches – but Mujica’s splitter has been equally as effective so far.

About Matthew George

Matthew George graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2008 with a bachelor of science in journalism. He spent three years writing sports for the Kentucky Kernel, the university's daily paper, and served as assistant sports editor. After undergrad, Matthew attended Chase College of Law at Northern Kentucky University where he earned his juris doctorate. He is now admitted to practice law in Kentucky and Indiana.

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