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Having an OBP lower than Avg.

So, I was at the AAA All-Star game this past week, and I noticed that a player in the game (I wish I remember who now, but it was a bit hazy and their stats are no longer the same) had an OBP lower than their batting average at the time.

Now, looking at the formula for batting average:

H/AB

As well as OBP:

(H+BB+HBP)/(AB+BB+HBP+SF)

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Importing Retrosheet Game Logs

So, I recently ran into a case where I needed to import the Retrosheet Game Logs, and I’d figure I’d share the steps I used to do that.

First, download the .zip archives for the Game Logs (I used 1900-2013) from here:

Retrosheet Game Logs

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Clayton Kershaw and the Imperfect Game

While I know it has been a little while now, I still wanted to do a bit of analysis and digging into Clayton Kershaw’s no-hitter back on June 18th.

So, for those of you who were under a rock at that time, here was his plain and simple stat line: 9 IP, 0 H, 0 BB, 15 K. The only batter to reach base was on a Hanley Ramirez error.

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The Padres’ current offensive woes

So, after reading an article on Lancaster Online, I was wondering if the Padres were really on track to be one of the worst offensive teams since 1910 (the article mentions 1914, but I decide to round it down just to check).

With their current batting average of .214, let’s see how they stack up.

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2014 Red Sox – Least Productive Outfield?

An article on the Boston Globe mentioned that the current Red Sox outfield was on pace to be the least productive in the 162 game era, so I decided to investigate this for myself.

First things first, let’s take a look at the Lahman database for the BA and OPS (as well as SLG and OBP) for the Red Sox since 1961 (beginning of the 162 game era):

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Hello World!

So, I decided to add an additional blog regarding my thoughts on baseball, sabermetrics, and possibly additional sports/fields.

The blog takes its name from a play that doesn’t (shouldn’t – Segura thrown out trying to re-steal second base) exist, as well as the idea of using all information available to gain the slightest edge (even if it just gets you first base).

This was largely kicked off by some ideas from the BU Sabermetrics 101 course offered through edX – https://www.edx.org/course/bux/bux-sabr101x-sabermetrics-101-1558#.U6MyV_ldXrz

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