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Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers look into the data behind the batting surges of Dansby Swanson, Hunter Pence, George Springer and Chris Davis, as well as pitchers Lucas Giolito and Hyun-Jin Ryu and investigate why the Mariners defense might not be struggling as bad as it looks.
Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers dig into the data behind Chris Paddack's incredible start, the newest odd thing the Rays are doing, how Luke Voit and Gary Sanchez are mashing, what makes this Matt Carpenter slow start different, why Martin Perez and Ryan Pressly are so successful, and what's concerning about Vlad Guerrero Jr. so far.
Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers explore whether you should be worried by 10 aces off to slow starts, focus on the data behind the Twins lineup crushing and the improved Blue Jays defense, see what's fueling Hunter Dozier's hot start, and check in on interesting outfield data for Ramon Laureano and Bryce Harper.
Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers explain why Joey Gallo is breaking out, look at Christian Yelich's bizarre splits, dig into 5 April breakouts to watch and use data to check out Cardinals players Kolten Wong, Marcell Ozuna, John Brebbia, and John Gant.
Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers look at hot starts from Yoan Moncada, Franmil Reyes, JD Davis, Luis Castillo, and Matt Boyd, using Statcast data to see if those starts are sustainable.
Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers look at the first Statcast data of the new season, focusing on Chris Sale's velocity, Bryce Harper and Pete Alonso crushing baseballs, and what we're already seeing in terms of shifts, launch angle, and hard-hit balls.
With the 2019 season about to get started, host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers each select one Statcast fact per team to highlight the upcoming year and make predictions for awards and division races.
Mike Trout's long-term extension sent shockwaves through the industry and host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break down what it means to the Angels and the sport. In addition, they share some data on what the proposed three-batter minimum will mean for pitchers, how the 2019 Red Sox outfield could possibly match the 1927 Yankees for the best outfield of all time, and take over/unders on FanGraphs' projected win totals.
Bryce Harper is already seeing four-man outfields in spring, but will he be the only one? Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the latest defense trend, whether better positioning can help Adam Jones in Arizona. They then choose a few fantasy breakout candidates, and look at 2019's best projected defenses and 2019's fastest projected teams.
How should the Yankees respond to Luis Severino's shoulder injury? Why is Jose LeClerc so dominant? Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss those stories, why the Giants bullpen is so interesting, which teams improved the most this winter, how dangerous the Cardinals pitching might be, and if Lewis Brinson and Scott Kingery can bounce back from disappointing rookie seasons.
How were different Cardinals pitchers affected by the team's defense last year? Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the Cardinals' defense, the Dodgers' very good pitching staff, Kenley Jansen's spin rate and the Mets' improved team backed up by plate-discipline numbers.
Brewers slugger Ryan Braun is attempting to change his swing for better results. Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss Braun's decision to make a switch and the type of results he could see in 2019. Plus, they look at the type of impact Bryce Harper could have on his future team's postseason chase.
The Yankees reportedly sign reliever Adam Ottavino to strengthen an already deep bullpen. Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about the signing that gives the Yankees' 'pen a serious upgrade. Plus, they react to Kevin Long's comments (via MLBN Radio) that launch angle impacted Bryce Harper's hitting mentality and how hit probability will change in 2019 and which players will benefit. They highlight Marcell Ozuna, who could have a breakout season this year.
The 2019 season will be here before you know it, so which player could be in line for a breakout year? Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers highlight Jackie Bradley Jr. because of his glove and impressive hard-hit rate. Plus, could the Phillies' defense be better than what the numbers show and if Nicholas Castellanos is traded, where is the best fit for him?
As 2018 comes to a close, Mike Petriello and Matt Meyers touch on the signings of Matt Harvey and Terrance Gore, try to guess where the remaining big-ticket free agents might end up and count down the 10 most interesting Statcast moments of the season.
Have you heard of Yandy Diaz? The Rays have, and made a trade to bring him to Tampa Bay. He's big, he's strong and hits the ball hard. He puts the ball in play with a high exit velocity. Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the move and see how Diaz fits in the lineup and if his numbers will translate into wins for the Rays. Plus, they break down the Dodgers signing Joe Kelly and if Bryce Harper doesn't sign with the Yankees, they offer some trade candidates that would rake in Yankee Stadium.
Free-agent reliever Adam Ottavino is coming off a fantastic season, notably coming after an offseason spent training in a vacant Harlem storefront outfitted with the latest in pitching technology. In a special edition of the Statcast Podcast, Mike Petriello sits down for a wide-ranging 30-minute interview with Ottavino, touching on pitch design, the challenges of Coors Field, life as a free agent and how he would have dominated Babe Ruth.
Somewhat lost in the discussion over Manny Machado's hustle comments is the fact that he just had his best-ever hitting year - and that he's one of the few hitters to improve each season in a key Statcast metric. Host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss Machado's free agency along with the impact of Paul Goldschmidt, Patrick Corbin, Nathan Eovaldi and Carlos Santana finding new homes. Additionally, they explain why Juan Nicasio's 6.00 ERA isn't what you think and offer opinions on both sides of the Mets-Mariners trade.
The Braves make a splash and bring in Josh Donaldson. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss how the move seems to be a perfect match for both sides. They also talk about the impact it will have on the team's roster and how this could make Atlanta even better than last season. Plus, what would it take to trade Robinson Cano or Madison Bumgarner? Finally, the guys break down Bryce Harper's defense and if playing the outfield is the best fit for the free-agent slugger.
Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto is always looking to make a deal and with the news coming out that James Paxton is reportedly on the trading block, could Edwin Diaz be dealt as well? Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss whether the Mariners trading away key players this offseason could be good for the club and which teams could make deals with Dipoto. Later in the podcast they talk about Carlos Santana reportedly being shopped by the Phillies, examining some Statcast speed numbers pertaining to veteran free agents over 30 and if Daniel Murphy is a potential fit for the Yankees.
The Mariners and Rays have made the first major trade of the offseason, with Seattle sending Mike Zunino, Guillermo Heredia and Minor Leaguer Michael Plassmeyer in exchange for Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break the deal down from a stat perspective and if both teams got a fair deal. Later in the show they discuss what the Cleveland Indians might do about their outfield situation and if A.J. Pollock could be a fit, what the Astros might try to fix next and where Sonny Gray and Josh Donaldson could land this offseason. Finally, the Statcast crew talks about whether or not Harrison Bader should have won a fielding award for his 2018 campaign.
The Boston Red Sox wrapped up the World Series this past weekend, meaning that the offseason has begun. While there might not be any MLB games played until 2019, Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers have plenty to discuss, including whether or not Clayton Kershaw may opt out of his contract with the Dodgers, why J.T. Realmuto might be more valuable than you think and whether it's better to build a team through trades or free agent signings. They also take a look at what the offseason could look like for free agent Nelson Cruz and if the Phillies could sign Bryce Harper and Manny Machado.
The stage is set for a blockbuster World Series showdown featuring the Boston Red Sox and the Los Angeles Dodgers, the first time these two franchises have faced off in the Fall Classic since 1916. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss some of the storylines we'll see this World Series, including if the large win-differential gap between both teams matters, if the Red Sox will be able to hit the Dodgers' lefties and if Mookie Betts should be playing second base. Later, Mike and Matt round out this weeks podcast with their predictions for the World Series.
The American and National League Championship Series have provided some of the most exciting games we've seen this postseason. With the Red Sox currently leading the ALCS and the NLCS all tied up, Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take a look at both series to talk about some interesting stats. They discuss Manny Machado and his admitted lack of hustle, Cody Bellinger making the best catch of the postseason so far, Alex Bregman's breakout series and why J.D. Martinez is having a better ALCS despite what his numbers may say.
With the Boston Red Sox defeating the New York Yankees in the ALDS last night, the stage is officially set for the ALCS and the NLCS. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break down some interesting tidbits we've seen so far in this postseason, including why pitchers are throwing less fastballs and if hitting home runs is better than playing small ball. They also discuss whether the Yankees might want a redo on the Giancarlo Stanton trade, how the Houston Astros took down the Cleveland Indians and their predictions for who we might see in the 114th edition of the World Series.
The 2018 postseason officially kicked off this week with the Rockies and Yankees both winning their Wild Card Games to finalize the LDS picture. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about the Rockies' wild 13th-inning win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field and the Yankees' victory over the A's in the Bronx. Later in the podcast, they break down the upcoming divisional series matchups, including the Yankees and Red Sox facing off in the postseason for the first time since 2004, Clayton Kershaw going in Game 2 for the Dodgers and Kyle Freeland pitching in front of his hometown crowd in Colorado.
There isn't a lot of certainty in the National League, outside of the Braves clinching the NL East, as to which teams are going to be playing in the postseason. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss how the Cubs, Brewers, Cardinals, Dodgers and Rockies will be fighting it out in the remaining games this season to see who will get the final four playoff spots. They'll also preview the powerhouse ALDS matchup between the Indians and Astros, along with trying to find out what's going on with Jose Ramirez. Later in the podcast, they sit down with former pitcher turned broadcaster Ron Darling to talk about how the game has changed since his playing days, if Jacob deGrom can win the Cy Young despite his record and the hope for the Mets next season.
With less than two weeks until the 2018 postseason, the Atlanta Braves seem to be the favorites to take the NL East crown, despite having the eighth best record in baseball since July 1. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers try to figure out how the Braves have been able to overcome a mediocre second half and why Ronald Acuña Jr. is integral to Atlanta's postseason plans. Later in the show, the Statcast guys discuss the best team in baseball that isn't the Red Sox and why the Dodgers' pitching staff is intriguing and they introduce the newest Statcast metric.
Among the powerhouse offenses in baseball, over the last 30 days, the Oakland A's and the Tampa Bay Rays have come to the forefront as being the best in the game. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers examine how these two unlikely teams are putting up big numbers, just in time for a weekend series in St. Petersburg. Later in the podcast they discuss how the Mets have become kind of good, what's going on with Marcell Ozuna and if Eric Hosmer is finally trying to get the ball off the ground.
The Angels and Shohei Ohtani received disappointing news on Wednesday when Tommy John Surgery was recommended for the star Japanese hitter and pitcher. The news didn't seem to slow Shohei down, as he went 4-for-4 with two home runs against the Texas Rangers following the diagnostic. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss how the Angels might proceed with Ohtani if he gets the surgery and why making him an opener could make sense. Also on the podcast this week they break down Trevor Story's epic three-home run night, why the Astros' bullpen is fascinating and the first MLB home run from Statcast podcast darling Yandy Diaz.
On the latest edition of the Statcast podcast, host Mike Petriello is joined by White Sox play-by-play man Jason Benetti as they discuss a slew of Sox storylines, including the White Sox current rebuild, Michael Kopech's impressive control and a few things you might not know about legendary broadcaster Hawk Harrelson. They also talk about where the White Sox rank in MLB with their stat knowledge and reminiscing about the 2018 Home Run Derby.
On a very special episode of the Statcast Podcast, 14-time All-Star Alex Rodriguez joins host Mike Petriello to discuss a multitude of topics, including his opinion of the shift, if it's harder to be a hitter now compared to earlier in his career, how he prepares for broadcasts and much more. Also on the podcast, Mike and national editor Matt Meyers discuss an unexpected outcome of the Rays' opener experiment, Michael Kopech making his debut with the White Sox and four players that are turning their seasons around.
The A's are winning games in the most 2018 way possible, and they're on track to set the weirdest possible record, weird enough that Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers actually start talking about bunts. Also, what's wrong with Luis Severino? Mike and Matt dig into the data, then check in on exit-velocity metrics from young hitters Kyle Tucker and David Bote, then welcome in MLB Network host Brian Kenny to discuss Friday's Mets vs. Phillies "SABRcast."
Javier Baez has been a fixture in the Cubs' lineup for the past three seasons and has earned a reputation for swinging and chasing pitches during his at-bats. However, this season, the usual heavy-swinging Baez is swinging even more, and it just might be the reason he's having an MVP-caliber season. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers examine how Baez has dropped his strikeout rate and upped his slugging by swinging at more pitches than he's done in the past. Later in the podcast they talk about Joc Pederson and Bryce Harper turning their seasons around, Harrison Bader becoming the most interesting outfielder you don't know and what the Rockies are doing for their rotation that pretty much no other team is doing.
As the 2018 non-waiver Trade Deadline came and went this past week, we saw a flurry of moves throughout baseball, including some surprising deals and others that were inevitable. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take a look at some of the deals that went down, including Chris Archer to the Pirates, Mike Moustakas and Jonathan Schoop to the Brewers and Tommy Pham to the Rays. They also discuss a little later on if a new team has risen to the top of the rankings for best defensive outfield in baseball.
The Yankees have arguably made the biggest trade of the season so far by acquiring Zach Britton from the Orioles in exchange for three Minor Leaguers prior to next week's Deadline. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break down the deal that will make the Yankees' already dominant bullpen that much stronger and how Aaron Boone will manage it. They also talk about what is going on with the surging Oakland Athletics and if Bryce Harper could be a trade target, a couple teams that don't necessarily need to make a move before July 31 and a few trade predictions.
With the 2018 Midsummer Classic in the rear-view mirror, teams aren't holding back on making deals to bolster their clubs before the Trade Deadline. Just in the past few days, the Dodgers landed Manny Machado from the Orioles and the Indians picked up Brad Hand and Adam Cimber from the Padres. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the latest moves and how it will affect the pennant race down the stretch. Later in the podcast they talk about a few relievers you probably don't know that might get traded, what contenders have the biggest holes they need to fill and a recap of All-Star Week.
On this episode of the Statcast podcast, host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers are joined by former Mets senior director of baseball operations and former Braves assistant GM Adam Fisher to discuss working in a baseball front office and what the Trade Deadline season, from a front-office perspective, is like. They also talks about what it was like for Adam to work in the sport when the statistical revolution got started, the Deadline moves that he was a part of that helped propel the Mets to the 2015 World Series and what the next advantage that front offices might start utilizing in the future.
The Nationals were supposed to be the lead dog in the NL East for the 2018 season. Instead, they currently find themselves seven games behind the division-leading Braves in third place. Because of that, the Nationals could very well become sellers at the Trade Deadline. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss why Washington may consider trading upcoming free agent Bryce Harper and what kind of return it could net the Nats. They also talk about a few dark-horse trade candidates, something you might not know about Aaron Judge, the most interesting Minor League pitcher you probably don't know and why the return of Luis Perdomo to the bigs has Matt excited.
Freddy Peralta might be someone you've never heard of, but what he's accomplishing for the Milwaukee Brewers this season is remarkable. Even though Freddy has only been in the bigs for a short time, he's become the only pitcher since 1908 to strikeout five or more batters and give up three or fewer hits in his first four starts. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take a look at how Peralta has managed to be so successful with the Brew Crew despite throwing his 91-mph fastball 80% of the time. Later they discuss four hitters who are turning it around despite their rough start, the Tampa Bay Rays having some of the best pitching stats since their "opener" experiment began and Mike Trout's still doing crazy good things.
The defending champion Houston Astros play in a ballpark that has had the stigma of being hitter's park. With the "Crawford Boxes" being only 315 feet down the left-field line, one would think it's safe to make that assumption. However after much research, Statcast host Mike Petriello takes a look at why Minute Maid Park has in fact become the opposite and how the numbers can back that up. Mike also discusses some of the notable Statcast moments from this past week, if Giancarlo Stanton is starting to turn it around, another ridiculous stretch of games from Mike Trout and a conversation between the Dodgers' Max Muncy and MLB.com Dodgers beat reporter Ken Gurnick.
When Cardinals pitcher Jordan Hicks exploded onto the scene this season by throwing the fastest pitches in 2018, topping out at 105 mph, many people asked themselves "who is this guy?" As a prospect that was in the Class-A ball in 2017 and was the first player cut from the Cardinals' 2018 Spring Training camp, Hicks has become a bright spot for St. Louis' pitching staff this season. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about what Jordan is doing to be so successful in the bigs and why the change to his slider has been key. They also discuss the most improved pitchers this season in baseball, hitters that aren't living up to their projected stats and why Max Muncy has been one of the best hitters in the Majors.
Mookie Betts and Xander Bogaerts are a big reason for the Boston Red Sox's success in 2018. After both played through injuries during the 2017 season, they've statistically become a couple of the more improved hitters this season. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers examine how they've gotten better, as well as a surprising addition to the list. Later in the podcast, Mike and Matt discuss if the Brewers have the best defense in baseball, the Rays pitcher who has had the best start this season and why you should know who Daniel Palka is.
When the Dodgers placed Clayton Kershaw on the DL earlier this month for left biceps tendinitis, there was a sense of panic. However, despite losing their ace for the majority of May, the blue crew has managed to not just survive but also thrive. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about how the Dodgers have been able to stay afloat despite the rash of early-season injuries that they've experienced. They also talk about who the most underrated slugger in baseball is, the hot start that Gleyber Torres has gotten off to and who is baseball's most dangerous catcher.
The increased number of home runs hit in baseball has become a hot-button subject with many searching for answers, including Commissioner Manfred. That's why he put together a committee of scientists to try and find out what has caused the baseball to fly out at such alarming rates. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers are joined on the podcast by the chairman of the committee, Dr. Alan Nathan, a professor of physics emeritus at the University of Illinois. They discuss the group's findings, along with what expectations he had going into the study and how they put the committee together. Later in the podcast, Mike and Matt talk hot defensive takes on Manny Machado, Mike Trout and Josh Donaldson, along with which team should be next to try the Tampa Bay Rays' Sergio Romo starting experiment.
The surprising Atlanta Braves currently own the best record in the National League and have some of the most exciting players in baseball currently on their squad. With the callups of Ozzie Albies and Ronald Acuna Jr., along with the already established stars like Freddie Freeman and Nick Markakis, the Braves are trying to prove the naysayers wrong. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take a look at why the Braves have been so successful and if they can sustain it through the rest of the season. Later in the show, the Statcast crew examines if the Cleveland Indians' offense is back to what people expected and they talk about all the new shift data, courtesy of Baseball Savant.
Didi Gregorius had a fantastic month of April and currently leads the Bronx Bombers in batting average, runs scored, home runs and RBIs, all the while being named the American League Player of the Month. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers, using Statcast data, explore why Didi has been crushing it at the plate this season and isn't only a product of Yankee Stadium. They also take a look at James Paxton's no-hitter against the Blue Jays, who the best reliever in baseball is, the Rockies' success at the plate on the road and why getting 3,000 hits is bogus.
As the calendar turns to May, the majority of MLB teams have already played out roughly 20 percent of their schedule so now is a good time to examine which outfield defenses have improved the most in 2018. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers, with the use of Statcast metrics, take a look at why certain teams' outfield defense has gotten better and what factors might be playing a part in that. They also discuss the early impact of the D-Backs using a humidor in Arizona, why Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies have made the Braves so interesting, five young hitters that are intriguing and much more.
Giancarlo Stanton was arguably the biggest acquisition by the New York Yankees this past offseason. While it was unrealistic for Stanton to pick up where he left off following his 2017 MVP season, he has struggled since joining the Bronx Bombers. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers examine the early season struggles from Giancarlo, as well as other players like Yu Darvish and Lucas Giolito, and what we can conclude from the Statcast data. Later in the podcast, the guys take a look at what player has added the most speed to his game this season and some interesting notes about the Padres' Franchy Cordero.
With the first month of the baseball season past the halfway point, the Statcast crew examines some of the best small sample sizes they've seen so far. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discusses small sample sizes from Brandon Nimmo, Adam Ottavino, Rick Porcello, Craig Stammen, among others, and how much stock one should take in these early samples. Later in the podcast they discuss DJ LeMahieu's impressive start to the season, buying or selling the Atlanta Braves' hot offense, a reliever you need to know about and the rollout of the 2018 sprint-speed leaderboard.
When the Phillies signed Carlos Santana to a three-year, $60 million deal this past offseason, many thought there would be some pressure to make a good first impression with his new club. However, Carlos has gotten off to a rough start at the dish, but how much of that has been bad luck? Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about why Santana is leading the way as a hard-luck hitter this season and why Phillies fans should still be encouraged in his production, despite his numbers being down. Also in this week's podcast, they chat about how the Mets created two great relievers for their bullpen, the most interesting reliever that nobody has heard of, an important reliever you should be worried about and an update on Shohei Ohtani.
Shohei Ohtani was one of the biggest storylines going into the 2018 season, and he hasn't disappointed only a week in. After an impressive first start on the mound, Ohtani followed up by slugging his first MLB career home run on Tuesday night. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the "Japanese Babe Ruth's" first week in the bigs and if he was more impressive at the plate or on the mound. Also in this week's podcast, they talk about elite exit velocity following Giancarlo Stanton's home run at Yankee Stadium and an update to hit probability. Finally, Mike sits down with the Phillies' Rhys Hoskins to chat about how he developed his swing, how he positions himself in the outfield and playing for a manager who is more analytically focused.
With the 2018 season just around the corner, it's only appropriate to get a preview for what's to be expected when things kick off on Opening Day. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers each provide 30 stats on 30 teams in this jam-packed episode. Later in the podcast, they discuss their predictions for who will win the World Series, the end-of-the-year awards and much more.
It may have taken almost the entire offseason and Spring Training, but starting pitcher Alex Cobb finally has a new home. After inking a four-year, $57 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles, Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss how Cobb fits into the Orioles' 2018 plans and if playing his home games at Camden Yards could affect his numbers. Later, they talk about what kind of season Yasiel Puig might have based off Statcast data from his 2017 campaign, some notable Spring Training exit velocity notes and which pitchers should be throwing more secondary pitches.
The St. Louis Cardinals and Paul DeJong agreed to a $26 million, six-year contract extension. The shortstop made history accepting the largest contract for a player with less than one year of playing time. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers examine the risks that may come with the extension and take a look at DeJong's Statcast numbers to see if it was the right move by the club. Later, the Statcast crew continues to ponder why Neil Walker is still a free agent and if Billy Hamilton becoming a designated base runner makes sense. Finally, they'll tease some new Statcast metrics that will be introduced at the SABR Analytics Conference later this week.
The Minnesota Twins have reportedly signed Logan Morrison to a one-year, $6.5 million deal with a club option for 2019. Coming off 2017 with a career-high 38 home runs, Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss why Morrison's success in 2017 was in big part to an enormous jump in his launch angle. They also talk about the Angels dropping the home-run line on their right-field wall and how that may factor into their offense this season, as well as examine why the Blue Jays might have a decent outlook for 2018.
Eric Hosmer is a member of the San Diego Padres. J.D. Martinez is moving from the desert to Fenway Park. Jake Odorizzi was traded to Minnesota. Jarrod Dyson signs on to swipe bases in Arizona. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take a closer look at these recent transactions and discuss how these moves will affect their teams from a Statcast perspective. They also explore why it doesn't matter who your closer is on Opening Day.
Lance Lynn, Alex Cobb and Greg Holland currently have a lot in common. All three pitchers had Tommy John surgery in their careers, rejected qualifying offers this offseason and they're still currently without a team as pitchers and catchers officially reported this week. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers do some digging to figure out where the market currently stands for these pitchers and why they might still be unsigned. Later in the podcast, the Statcast crew talks about the D-backs installing a humidor at Chase Field for the 2018 season and why that might affect the D-Backs' offensive-heavy numbers at home for the future.
Comerica Park, the home of the Detroit Tigers, has a reputation of being a nightmare for hitters due to the field's dimensions. However, that perception isn't to be believed by all. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discusses how despite Comerica's pitchers' park reputation, the batter's eye might be the reason for offensive success. They also discuss why Todd Frazier to the Mets makes all the world of sense, use Statcast data to hack your way to a 56-game hitting streak and why center fielders get more batted balls.
The Milwaukee Brewers struck quickly last week by re-tooling their outfield after trading for the Marlins' Christian Yelich and signing Lorenzo Cain to a five-year contract. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss how Miller Park will affect the numbers for the newest members of the Brew Crew. Later, they examine if the Houston Astros' lineup will be better than last season and why the Oakland Athletics are interesting from a Statcast perspective.
The MLB free-agent market is still looking for someone to throw gasoline onto the fire, but it's safe to assume that a few players will wind up with new teams. Even though there might be some obvious destinations, Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take a look at some landing spots for big free agents that aren't so obvious. They also discuss how J.D. Martinez has aged and what that could mean for his future contract, Jose Martinez being the true breakout Cardinals star from 2017 and if the 2018 Yankees could break the single-season team home run record.
The Yankees surprised most of baseball last season by coming within one game of reaching the World Series. One of the reasons was the bolstering of the bullpen by Brian Cashman before the Trade Deadline with the acquisitions of Tommy Kahnle and David Robertson. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers examine if the 2018 Yankees have the best bullpen we've ever seen in baseball. They also discuss the recent trades made by the Pirates, baseball players getting younger and what Statcast says about the decline of Todd Frazier's bat.
With Lorenzo Cain still on the market, the Statcast crew examines if teams really should be worried about signing arguably the best all-around free-agent outfielder due to his age. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers compare Cain to other outfielders who signed deals around their age-32 season and how those contracts played out for their teams. Later in the podcast, they talk about if a change of scenery could improve Gerrit Cole's numbers and Ozzie Albies' debut and answer a few listener questions.
The calendar has finally flipped to 2018, which means a new season of Major League Baseball isn't too far away. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about the year to come, like what hitters and pitchers may break out during the 2018 season. They also discuss the Colorado Rockies' signing of reliever Wade Davis and which starting pitchers shouldn't go deep into games.
On the final episode of the Statcast podcast for 2017, host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers are joined in studio by the proprietor of the website Baseball Savant, Daren Willman. They discuss how important the site has been to advanced analytics, as well as the new live game feed for the 2017 season. Later in the show, Mike and Matt discuss the big free agents that are still on the market, including Eric Hosmer and Lorenzo Cain, as well as who should play right field for the Yankees after the Giancarlo Stanton acquisition. They also make some Statcast New Years resolutions to end the show.
There's less than a week away until the MLB Winter Meetings kick off and it finally appears the Hot Stove is starting to get going. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about the reported multi-year deal that will send Mike Minor to the Rangers and why he's an interesting signing when you look at his Statcast numbers. They'll also discuss the latest on the Shohei Otani sweepstakes with never before seen Statcast data and some of the pros and cons of managing a two-way player.
Giancarlo Stanton is the biggest name on the trade market this slow offseason due to his 2017 NL MVP campaign, but how much would a new ballpark possibly affect his home-run production? Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss if there will be a change in home-run totals for Stanton, as well as for other big sluggers on the free-agent market. The guys also talk about an interesting Statcast note in regards to first-year pitchers.
This weekend, the third annual All-Statcast Team will be revealed. The team highlights one player at every position that's done something extremely interesting Statcast-wise at each position during the 2017 season. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss who made the cut and why. They also talk about the winners of the annual MLB Awards, a few pitchers who deserved better results this season and the latest Jerry Dipoto trade.
This past week, the nominees for the annual baseball awards were announced. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss who they think has the best chance to win their respective awards and if they think any players got snubbed. They also discuss the recent Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game with a Statcast twist, as well as some of the players who received qualifying offers this offseason.
With the World Series going the distance, the Dodgers and Astros delivered one of the most exciting World Series in recent baseball history. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers recap the thrilling seven-game series that saw the Houston Astros capture their first title in franchise history. They also breakdown the historic and impressive series from George Springer, which helped him snag World Series MVP honors.
The 2017 Major League Baseball season has come down to two teams, as the Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros will battle to be named World Series champion. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss how both teams have gotten to the World Series and how they match up in the Fall Classic. They also talk about how the potential record-breaking heat in Los Angeles will affect the game and who they're predicting to win it all.
The Houston Astros have found themselves down 3 games to 2 in the ALCS after leading the series 2-0. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss what's happened to the Astros offense following their success in the ALDS, as well as breaking down the winning play in Game 2 which saw Jose Altuve score the winning run from first base. They also talk about the Dodgers' 3-1 NLCS lead over the Cubs and the impressive 2017 campaign from Kenley Jansen.
As the postseason marches on, it is time to start looking ahead to the League Championship Series. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break down some of the home and away splits for the Astros and Yankees pitching staffs, discuss why the 2017 Astros have one of the best offenses ever and explain why Clayton Kershaw should not pitch in the 7th inning of postseason games.
After two Wild Card Games that featured unpredictable moments, the field is finally set for the Divisional Series match-ups. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss a few Statcast moments from both Wild Card Games, including Aroldis Chapman's final pitch and Archie Bradley's triple. They also take a look at the ALDS and NLDS matchups, along with picking which teams they think will advance to the next round.
The postseason is merely days away and it's time to rethink the way you look at your standard pitcher versus batter matchups. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers go into detail about why you shouldn't look too into those kind of stats when you watch the postseason. They also discuss some of the best "bad games" of the 2017 regular season, as well as how postseason pitching strategies change and the induction of Jose Altuve into the Statcast Hall of Fame after setting two Statcast records in just three innings.
Statcast records continue to be broken by Aaron Judge, but is he worthy of the AL MVP? Will Jose Altuve's consistency earn him the award? Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break it all down. They also discuss the Dodgers recent skid, as well as the Brewers' final push for the playoffs. Plus, Jackie Bradley Jr.'s throw is inducted into the Statcast Hall of Fame.
Statcast continues to be leading the charge with new and innovative ways to break down some of the more spectacular plays in baseball, but now, a new metric has come into the fold. Outs Above Average is an outfield metric to determine how good an outfielder is at collecting fly balls as well as the difficulty of the fly ball. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about the Outs Above Average metric and how useful it will be in the future when looking at outfielders. They also discuss the historical win streak by the Cleveland Indians, as well as inducting a play that Brett Phillips made into the Statcast Hall of Fame.
Minutes before the waiver Trade Deadline the Houston Astros shocked the baseball world by acquiring Justin Verlander from the Tigers. The Angels also mades some moves, adding Justin Upton and Brandon Phillips. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the implications of these trades as well as breaking down Giancarlo Stanton's success this season and if he's made his case for NL MVP. They also induct Kevin Pillar's latest catch into the Statcast Hall of Fame.
This past week, Rich Hill took a perfect game into the 9th inning before losing it on an error. He continued his quest for baseball history, pitching with a no-hitter intact into the 10th inning when Josh Harrison hit a walk-off home run that had a 16% hit probability. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the near no-hitter as well as taking a look at some extremely unique home runs from this season and who might be the fastest player in baseball history.
Getting to the postseason requires an entire team effort. While most of the time, the superstars get most of the attention, there are always some underrated players who are just as critical to their teams success. On this edition of the Statcast Podcast, Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss why players like Chris Taylor, Chad Green and Zack Godley, among others, are so important to their teams chances to making a postseason run. They also induct one of Giancarlo Stanton's most recent home runs into the Statcast Hall of Fame.
Bradley Zimmer is living up to the hype of his first-round Draft selection by the Cleveland Indians, and since being called up to the Majors in May, he has not disappointed. With eight of the eighteen hardest tracked outfield throws this season, the Statcast crew has officially dubbed his current play as the "Bradley Zimmer Experience." Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers examine what has made him so successful thus far, as well as the impressive debut by Mets infielder Amed Rosario, something incredible that Dodgers pitchers are doing and the induction of Ender Inciarte into the Statcast Hall of Fame.
With the Trade Deadline just a few days away, Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take a closer look at the Statcast numbers of some of the frontline starters that are rumored to be on the trade block. They also discuss what the Rockies got from trading for reliever Pat Neshek. Other topics include the hot-hitting Eric Hosmer and the Royals, where Adrian Beltre ranks among the elite third baseman of all-time, and they induct Hunter Renfroe's home run off a Seth Lugo curveball, into the Statcast Hall of Fame.
The trade market is heating up with several guys already on the move. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss what players are most likely to be traded before the deadline, explain what teams they would be a perfect fit for and break down their most interesting Statcast numbers from the season.
With the All-Star break almost over, the Trade Deadline season is upon us and moves are already being made. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the surprising trade between the White Sox and Cubs, keeping Jose Quintana in the Windy City, just switching uniforms. They also talk about the Futures Game and who impressed them the most, as well as some hitters who should be rebounding in the second half.
Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers devote this week's show to the need for speed. They discuss the Nationals stealing seven bases in one game against Jake Arrieta, Miguel Montero and the Cubs (:40), the fastest pitcher and catcher in the league according to sprint speed (7:40), how age correlates to team speed (17:15), and induct a Javier Baez catch on a foul ball down the third-base line into the Statcast Hall of Fame. (22:30)
Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss why Robbie Ray should be considered one of the best pitchers in the league, (:27) why the number of barrels is up in 2017, (7:00) why sometimes it's better to swing and miss than make contact, (8:23) the introduction of sprint speed for baserunners (14:50) and they induct Aaron Judge's spectacular weekend into the Statcast Hall of Fame. (23:40)
It's not a surprise to anyone that each ballpark has different features that may affect the outcome of certain plays. However, thanks to Statcast, we are now able to figure out park factors. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss how one can start to draw rough conclusions on these factors via expected weighted on-base versus actual weighted on-base, and how much it corresponds. The Statcast crew also talks about how Tommy Pham could be becoming one of baseball's breakout hitters, if Lance McCullers should be a little more highly regarded, as well as the induction of a five-star play with a nine percent catch probability into the Statcast Hall of Fame.
June is upon us and it's time to look back at the results of the month of May. The Tigers own the first three spots on the hard hits leaderboard but that has not added up to a lot of tallies in the win column. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers explain why having power hitters like J.D. Martinez and Miguel Cabrera in the lineup have not helped the Tigers attain a better record. Khris Davis of the Athletics is flat out crushing the ball this season but is he one of the unluckiest hitters in baseball? The guys also take a look at the Dodgers' successful strategy of throwing higher in the strike zone than other teams and induct Hunter Renfroe's 101.6 mph throw from right field against the Cubs into the Statcast Hall of Fame.
Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss adding direction to catch probability, how two Boston sluggers have managed to go all season without a barrel, shine a light on the underappreciated Jesse Hahn and induct a five-star Yasiel Puig catch into the Statcast Hall of Fame.
Although guys like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton have made an impact on the Statcast era in terms of exit velocity, there's someone you might not think of who's crushing it just as hard, if not harder than them. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers reveal who exactly that is, as well as discussing Jon Lester's attempts at preventing stolen bases this season and the induction of an entire day of plays into the Statcast Hall of Fame. They also talk about Matt's favorite new pitcher from the San Diego Padres.
Athletics infielder Yonder Alonso last week was named the AL Player of the Week and this happened to intrigue the Statcast crew. After speaking about wanting to hit more balls in the air during the offseason, Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss if Alonso has an ideal launch angle and if it is the reason for his early 2017 success. They also talk about if Francisco Rodriguez might be taken out of the closer role and if a familiar name could take over, as well as how the Cubs' outfield defense went from being ranked second highest in catch probability in 2016 to the second lowest in 2017.
As the calendar turns to May, the first full month of the 2017 baseball season is in the books and the Statcast guys are ready to dissect what we've seen so far. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about which hitters and pitchers out performed or under performed their Statcast measurements, and take a look back at some of the coolest catches in April. They also induct a new play into the Statcast Hall of Fame, a play that may be judged for a very long time.
It's starting to finally feel like baseball season and the Statcast crew couldn't be more pleased. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break down one of their newest stats for this baseball season; sprint speed. With sprint speed, you're now able to find out how one can measure the speed of a runner on the base paths or in the outfield. They also discuss two interesting plays featuring Odubel Herrera and Adam Rosales, as well as seeing how the players who played through pain are faring so far this season.
Aaron Judge is climbing the ranks of must-see at-bats in baseball and it's propelled him to be dubbed the most interesting man in baseball. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk Judge's impressive exit velocity and his most recent moonshot home run. They also discuss outfielder's positioning, the fastest runners and catch probability in the latest edition of the Statcast podcast.
Baseball is back and the Statcast crew couldn't be more ready to go. Only a handful of games have been played and we've already seen a couple five-star catches, and some early spin rate and wall ball data has come in. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers are ready to break down the early numbers of this very young baseball season.
With the 2017 regular season just days away, it's time for predictions. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about who they have winning divisions and wild cards, as well as which teams we might see in the World Series. They also talk about specific stats that they have for each team going into the 2017 campaign.
Fresh off their recent discussion about catch probability, the Statcast crew can't help but discuss the amazing catch made by Adam Jones against the Dominican Republic team in the World Baseball Classic. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers are joined by two former MLB outfielders, Ryan Spilborghs and Fernando Perez, to break down one of the more impressive plays in Classic history.
As Statcast continues to revolutionize the way baseball is viewed, new ways to break down and scrutinize plays are continued to be brought to the forefront. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers bring hit probability and catch probability to light in their latest podcast, showing how just because a catch might look impressive, doesn't necessarily mean it was a hard play to make.
The annual SABR Analytics Conference was held over the weekend in Phoenix, Ariz. The MLB Advanced Media Statcast panel, made up of host Mike Ferrin, MLB.com stats analyst Mike Petriello, senior data architect, stats Tom Tango and director of baseball research and development Daren Willman, explain what the Statcast terms, like launch angle, exit velocity, and route efficiency, mean as it relates to the action that happens inside a game. The panel also talks about the future of Statcast and how it will continue to change the game of baseball.
Baseball is a fairly unpredictable sport with there being multiple outcomes when a ball is put into play. On the latest episode of the Statcast podcast, host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss the expected outcomes of a batted ball and all that goes into a player making what can be an extremely difficult play look easy. The Statcast crew also discusses catch rate and the new star rating system that will help define extraordinary plays.
Baseball is back as Spring Training 2017 has officially begun. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break down what part the numbers play in the arbitration process. They also discuss the market value of Eric Hosmer and if he is worth the 10-year contract that he is asking for as well as if teams should reconsider the way they use starting pitchers.
With pitchers and catchers officially reporting to their respective camps, the Statcast crew is back to talk about some of the pitchers and catchers they're excited to see in 2017. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers also talk about which teams have the best pop time, as well as the latest news on Alex Reyes having to undergo Tommy John Surgery and if Noah Syndergaard throwing harder is a good idea.
Everyone loves to be dazzled by an outfielder throwing a laser to a base and getting a runner out who's trying to take that extra bag on them. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about which outfielders have the strongest throwing arms in baseball. They also discuss who they think are some of the more underrated players going into the 2017 season as well as the Pirates' move of Andrew McCutchen to right field and where Matt Wieters may end up.
Over the past few seasons, there has been a rather large uptick in the amount of home runs hit. What's up with that? Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers will try to break down why the long ball has made such a big return. They also talk about a few remaining free agents still on the market and if their contract demands will come down with Spring Training only weeks away.
MLB.com's Mike Petriello and Tom Tango break down the six different kinds of batted ball types, expanding from "Barrels" into "Flares and Burners," "Weak Contact," and more, and discuss how to include the difficulty of account for batted balls at the warning track into defensive metrics.
The Hall of Fame results are in and the Statcast podcast crew is locked and loaded to break down the newest members elected to the hall. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about who they think might wind-up in Cooperstown one day along with discussing the Marlins newest acquisitions and how teams play big time sluggers defensively.
Will the Mariners' mountain of moves pay off? Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss Jerry Dipoto's acquisitions and how they'll contribute as well as take a closer look at the game's top outfielders and why their defense can be a difference maker. Plus, the guys break down the Hall of Fame ballot and what Statcast metrics they wish they knew about the legends of the game.
As the Statcast crew celebrates their first podcast of 2017, Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers answer questions asked by fans on Twitter. Find out what could be the next hot stat, who's the fastest running pitcher and can one track the arm speed of a fielder. Get some of the answers on the latest edition of the Statcast podcast.
Which plays and players made 2016 the best yet? Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers share their top plays, including one from Opening Day and the who's numbers stood out the most.
The weather outside might be getting colder but things are really heating up within the Hot Stove season. Fresh off last week's Winter Meetings, MLB.com's Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Myers break down the numbers on the players that changed teams and the remaining free agents still available.
With Yoenis Cespedes off the market, where will other free agent outfielders land? Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break down the numbers and explain the value of the rest of the pack.
One of the biggest questions at Statcast is how do teams and analysts use it to make defense better. What better way to get that answer than from sabermetrics guru Tom Tango, as he sits down to talk with MLB.com's Statcast host Mike Petriello to discuss this subject on the latest edition of the Statcast Podcast.
It's a free-for-all as the Hot Stove season kicks off and free agents patiently wait to land on their feet. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers discuss who leads the free agent pack and possible landing spots for the intriguing market.
Royals reliever Peter Moylan joins Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers to analyze Andrew Miller's outstanding postseason pitching, how relievers have been used in the playoffs and how the World Baseball Classic changed his life.
Game 5 of the National League Division Series set an improbably high bar for the ALCS and NLCS yet to be played. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break down how the Dodgers threw out Jason Werth by a mile at the plate, positional battles and why you should keep an eye on how Kenley Jansen and Aroldis Chapman are used in the NLCS and why the Indians' baserunning could be the difference maker against the Blue Jays in the ALCS.
Every team's looking for an edge when it comes to conquering the postseason. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers run through each matchup and break down who's got the upper hand when it comes to positions and why.
As Statcast evolves, so does its tools to measure data and give us better insight into a player's skills. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers break down a new term, barrel, and which player in Major League Baseball is the best at it.
While the season is rapidly coming to a close, that doesn't mean that the Statcast crew is ready to start slowing down. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about Byron Buxton's speed, Marco Estrada's injury and if it's affecting his spin rate and measure the Cubs' defense. You'll also hear from Cubs rookie pitcher Rob Zastryzny about Chicago's mental skills program.
When it comes to speed in the Major Leagues, the conversation's been consumed with Trea Turner's name but Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers would beg to argue on behalf of a few other players. They'll discuss Byron Buxton's stolen base numbers, look at the league as a whole when it comes to stolen base attempts and why barrels, a new Statcast stat, could better quantify a well-hit ball.
If you've ever seen a nasty pitch on Statcast, there's a good chance you heard the term "spin rate." Spin rate is impacting the game more than ever and it's revealing new data for pitchers and hitters alike. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk about spin rate with Driveline Baseball's Kyle Boddy on the latest edition of the Statcast Podcast.
Ryan Zimmerman is good at hitting the ball hard but that hasn't turned into a ton of production. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take a closer look at Zimm's numbers, what could happen when he comes back from the disabled list and dive into MVP and Cy Young candidates and who'd get their vote.
Despite the advances in Statcast data, why is it still a battle to see these numbers brought up in broadcasts? MLB Network's Brian Kenny joins Statcast host Mike Petriello to discuss why there are still old school broadcasters resisting against new school statistics, why it takes so long for new wave ideas like getting rid of pitching titles to catch fire and discuss Kenny's book "Ahead of the Curve".
The Trade Deadline saw prospects coming out of the wood works up until the last hour on Monday. MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo joined the Statcast podcast with host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers to discuss the biggest surprises and just how good the Yankees farm system became after giving up three veterans. Plus, Matt and Mike discuss which team has the best big four in the bullpen and why Miami's spot on the list shouldn't surprise you.
Seth Lugo caught the attention of Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers after he threw a curveball that hit Anthony Rizzo and struck him out at the same time. Lugo joined the Statcast podcast to dissect the curve that defied Rizzo, share whether or not his pitching repertoire changes depending on where he pitches in the game and how he's adjusted the grips on his pitches. Plus, the guys discuss any looming Trade Deadline deals and why Andrew Miller might be too good to trade.
'Tis the season for trades and the clock is ticking for teams to make their moves. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers caught up with MLB.com's Mr. Know It All Jim Duquette to discuss where Jonathan Lucroy could be heading, which team would benefit most from flamethrower Aroldis Chapman and why Alex Reyes hasn't gotten his callup to help the pitiful Cardinals bullpen. Plus, the guys discuss which teams have a real shot at contending in October.
The Dodgers are leading the way when it comes to advanced metrics and team nutrition. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers talk shop with Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling as he explains why he's focused on spin rate and FIP, what the Dodgers value statistically speaking and how their nutritional plan keeps the team stronger throughout the grueling season. Plus, the guys discuss, by the numbers, whether the American or National League is putting a better team on the field.
How much decision making goes into "putting on the shift?" Statcast host Mike Petriello and National Editor Matt Meyers caught up with Jerry Weinstein, Rockies Developmental Supervisor and baseball guru, who's changing the way the game is played. Weinstein explains the brains behind the shift and whether or not pitch framing can be taught. Plus, the guys gush over Melvin Upton Jr.'s monster home run and home run robbery and predict a few last minute All-Star predictions.
If Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers had their way, which players would make their All-Star roster? Find out who they'd like to see in San Diego as they sift through each league and each position to make their All-Star game rosters based off the numbers.
The entire FanGraphs crew stopped by MLB.com to join Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers to put their Statcast knowledge to the test. Find out if they passed, as Mike and Matt grill them with some hard-hitting trivia.
It's the one year anniversary of the MLB.com Statcast Podcast! Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers celebrate the milestone by introducing the newest member of the MLB.com team, sabermetrics guru, Tom Tango. Author of The Book: Playing the Percentages in Baseball, Tom is one of the leading sabermatricians in MLB with many accolades to his name, including developing the FIP stat.
Nomar Mazara hit a home run 491 feet and leads all of baseball in distance, for now. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers examine the different elements that contribute to batted ball distance, how to quantify balls that can be caught in the outfield and which teams improved this statistic from last season. They also try to explain Jose Fernandez's bizarre stretch in which he's striking out hitters at a historic pace while also getting hit harder than anyone in baseball.
Has Aroldis Chapman found a new way to make batters look foolish? Are Chris Sale and Jose Quintana the best 1-2 punch in the game right now? Could Yoenis Cespedes be one of the better position players to hit the free agency market this year? Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take a closer look at the numbers to hash out these answers. Plus, Rockies pitcher Adam Ottavino joins Statcast to talk about his Tommy John rehab and what it's like pitching at altitude, one of Statcast's favorite topics.
Are the Mets pushing the panic button on Matt Harvey? Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers caught up with Mets reporter Anthony DiComo to hear how epic the series vs. the Nationals will be all season, why he thinks Harvey is struggling on the mound and to find out how the bullpen has stepped up when its team needed it most.
Caleb Cotham's training regimen could be classified as out of the ordinary. Statcast host Mike Petriello caught up with the Reds pitcher to find out when he figured out data and analytics could improve his game, which training tricks give him an edge and who he models his curveball after. Plus, national editor Matt Meyers joins Statcast to debate whether or not now is the time to trade Mike Trout and to take a closer look at the AL Central by the numbers.
What would happen if a Minor League team hired two guys to pick the roster, lineup and strategies with real players using the most advanced statistics? FiveThirtyEight's Ben Lindbergh joins Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers to explain how he and Sam Miller tried to break the barrier between the Sonoma Stomper's front office and stat heads. Plus, the guys take a look at how the rebuilding Phillies are still a part of the conversation, especially Aaron Nola, and why Nolan Arenado is the best player in baseball right now.
Cole Figueroa has decided to take the game of baseball into his own hands. Figueroa joins Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers to explain how he became Statcast forward, which statistics he values most and how he's consuming this data at the Major and Minor League levels. Plus, the guys spotlight the newest king for the longest home run in the Statcast era, how the Brewers turned their O-Swing% around 180 degrees and how the Astros landed at 6-15 to start the season.
There's a new sheriff in town after Aaron Hicks surpassed Carlos Gomez for the fastest thrown baseball in the Statcast era at 105.5 mph. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers marvel at Hicks' arm strength and try to demystify stabilization with their guest, Russell Carleton from Baseball Prospectus. They also debate whether Bryce Harper or Mike Trout is better, as well as compare Clayton Kershaw to Noah Syndergaard,
MLB Network's Ken Rosenthal is officially on the Statcast train. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers caught up with Rosenthal to find out how he sees the game using statistics most effectively, whether or not he'll bring up analytics in locker room interviews and why defensive stats provide the best read on a player's ability. Plus, the guys break down the most impressive starters, the ones having the most trouble and whether or not it's time to push the panic button on Shelby Miller.
Heavy hitters are making their way out of Puerto Rico and into the Major Leagues. Former big leaguer and current ESPN broadcaster Alex Cora joins Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers to explain why so many hot bats like Carlos Correa and Francisco Lindor come from the baseball-rich country and who he would choose to make up his infield based on today's advanced statistics. Plus, the guys take a look back at the first few days of Opening Week and spotlight a few guys who are standing out for Statcast.
What do the numbers 88.2 mph, 327 feet, 94.4 mph and 3.85 seconds have to do with the 2015 season? Statcast host Mike Petriello and MLB.com national editor Matt Meyers take a look back at each team's most impressive statistic and go around the league to make their prediction for division winners and standouts for 2016.
How can Drew Smyly and Alex Wood help your fantasy team? Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers spotlight seven bounceback pitchers worth keeping your eyes on. MLB.com Director of baseball research and development Daren Willman joins the Statcast podcast to highlight his work studying outfield range and where this data could be used in realtime broadcasts. Plus, hear how Padres pitching coach Darren Balsley focuses on "sneaky fast" pitches and how he's helping transform the San Diego pitching staff.
Charlie Blackmon was one of three players in 2015 to steal 40 bases. Statcast host Mike Petriello caught up with Blackmon at Spring Training to find out why he finds statistics so compelling and why fantasy owners should pay attention. Plus, MLB.com national editor Matt Meyers joins Petriello to spotlight the biggest, baddest, Statcast loving bats in the game and how they can affect your fantasy draft.
In 1982, Dan Evans literally changed the playing field in baseball for the White Sox. Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers take time to hear how Evans, current director of the Pacific Rim for the Blue Jays, came up with the idea to shorten the field, what it was like to be so far ahead of the analytics world and how he looks at foreign statistics and their translation to American baseball. Plus, Mike and Matt discuss just how instrumental Evans' forward thinking has proven to be to the baseball world today and how Korean hitters are making a major splash in the Major Leagues.
As the world of Statcast grows, so do the amazing accomplishments hitters, fielders, and pitchers achieve. MLB Network's Eric Byrnes joins Statcast host Mike Petriello and national editor Matt Meyers to explain why he still might be playing the game if he recognized spin rate and why Rafael Betancourt's four-seamer is so devastating. Plus, the guys take time breaking down a few players who shine brighter because of Statcast and reveal the Statcast stat of the week.
What's the difference between useful spin and total spin? Where does the donut hole exist? Dr. Alan Nathan, Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois, joins Statcast host Mike Petriello to explain why measuring useful spin is important, how to find the sweet spot in the field and earn a hit and what Dr. Nathan hopes to see for Statcast in the future. Plus, Matt Meyers, MLB.com national editor joins Statcast to dissect Dr. Nathan's ideas and spotlight how the Astros have some of the strongest and fastest talent at the Major League level.
Projections can't anticipate injuries or life events that occur throughout the baseball season but that doesn't stop anyone from trying to predict wins, losses, and player's performances. Jared Cross, creator of Steamer Projections, joins Statcast host Mike Petriello and MLB.com's national editor Matt Meyers to explain how Steamer creates projections, to discuss a few players with high and low projections and why you can't live and die by these numbers. Plus, the guys break down the future of projections with improved statistics and why the World Series Champions aren't necessarily the best team in baseball.
What's been the key to success for the No. 3 prospect in the Dodgers organization? Right-handed pitcher Jose De Leon joins Statcast host Mike Petriello and MLB.com's national editor Matt Meyers to give a better insight to how he's changed his approach, discuss his time spent in the Cal League and how the Dodgers organization has changed over the years. Plus, Mike and Matt explain FIP and why pitchers should care about this stat.
Can the Coors Field altitude be the Rockies' greatest weapon? Rockies general manager Jeff Bridich joins Statcast host Mike Petriello and MLB.com's national editor Matt Meyers to explain why the sooner the Rockies play to their home-field advantage, the more successful they'll be. They also discuss how the game has changed since Bridich joined in 2005 and how their fastball pitchers can thrive in Colorado.
What fueled Cubs' outfielder Chris Coghlan to use statistics to help turn his career around? Coghlan joins Statcast's Mike Petriello to explain how talking to the right people and understanding why statistics like slugging, on base percentage and route efficiency could turn him into a more complete, above average player. Plus, the guys discuss how manager Joe Maddon's decision making and confidence helped the Cubs earn 24 more wins in 2015.
How is it possible that RHP Tyson Ross hits the ball harder than he throws it? Statcast host Mike Petriello and MLB.com's national editor Matt Meyers uncover this mysterious fact, explain how exit velocity correlates to production and remind Mets fans why everything will be alright without Yoenis Cespedes. Plus, MLBPipeline.com's Jonathan Mayo joins Statcast to highlight the Top 100 list coming out January 29 and Cuban prospects coming. through the Major League system
Are the Dodgers still the team to beat in the NL West? MLB.com's national reporter AJ Cassavell joins Statcast host Mike Petriello to explain, despite "winning" the offseason, why the D-backs are still the third best team in the division and how some of the hardest hit balls in baseball are not home runs. (12:00) Plus, newest Dodgers broadcaster Joe Davis joins Statcast to detail his new gig and how he will utilize stats in his broadcast to help viewers see the old-school game in a new way.
How big of a role do statistics play in a pro scout's job? Statcast host Mike Petriello checks in with Astros Director of Pro Scouting Kevin Goldstein to take a look into his day-to-day operations and why statistics play a role in his decisions. Plus, MLB.com's Pirates reporter Adam Berry joins Statcast to forecast Andrew McCutchen's production in 2016 and why Arquimedes Caminero's statistics are a team's dream.
Statcast's reach is growing wider and higher heading into its second season. MLB.com's Daren Willman joins Statcast host Mike Petriello to discuss how he got his start in Statcast and where the future lies for data-driven information. (10:30) Plus, former big league pitcher Brian Bannister talks shop with Petriello about his new gig as the director of pitching analysis and development for the Boston Red Sox, Dave Dombrowski's view of statistics and how he'll help his pitchers grow through numbers.
Plenty of questions surround two AL Central teams looking to contend in 2016. Statcast host Mike Petriello chats with Aaron Gleeman, author at HardballTalk, to learn how the Twins' offense gets a major boost with recently acquired Byung Ho Park and how Miguel Sano is so successful at the dish. (16:30) Plus, MLB.com's Jordan Bastian joins Statcast to demystify why Carlos Carrasco is one of the most underrated pitchers in the game.
Can spin rate revive a pitcher's career? Statcast host Mike Petriello dives into this idea with Tigers reporter Jason Beck as they explore how Justin Verlander finished 2015 stronger than he started. (19:32) Plus, Angels reporter Alden Gonzalez joins Statcast to evaluate how Garrett Richards' out of this world spin rate could help him be the ace he's meant to be on the mound.
Does high spin rate correlate with a higher number of injuries? How does Driveline Baseball find success in their slogan, "throw harder and reduce your injury risk"? Kyle Boddy, President and Founder of Driveline Baseball, joins Statcast host Mike Petriello to answer these questions and more. (15:35) Plus, Padres beat reporter Corey Brock joins Statcast to discuss San Diego's offseason plan and how the Friars front office is utilizing statistics like spin rate to find success in their starting rotation.
In its first year, Statcast forever changed the way we watch the game of baseball. MLB.com's vice president of stats Cory Schwartz joins Statcast host Mike Petriello to wrap up the season, look ahead to the future and breakdown this strong offseason class of free agents.
Are athletes starting to warm up to statistical-based questions? Fangraphs' Eno Sarris joins Statcast host Mike Petriello to take us inside his stat-driven interviews and which player's interest in statistics most surprised him. (14:00) Plus, former Rockies outfielder Ryan Spilborghs joins Statcast to breakdown what it's actually like to hit in high altitude and how he'll use new metrics in the broadcast booth.
How are statistics playing a role in the World Series? Sports on Earth columnist Anthony Castrovince joins Statcast host Mike Petriello to breakdown the cost of the Mets' weak defense and the natural evolution of statistics in baseball. (14:37) Plus, ESPN's Wednesday Night Baseball host Jon Sciambi joins Mike to explain why the Mets' 'runs per game' statistic could be deceiving, how stats fit into his broadcast and why anyone has dared to throw a first pitch strike against Alcides Escobar.
New York Times National writer Tyler Kepner keeps it simple when it comes to covering all 30 Major League teams. Statcast host Mike Petriello picks Kepner's brain to find out why a college-ruled notebook keeps him organized and how he's utilized WAR in his own writing. (14:55) Plus, Aaron Gordon, Staff writer at Vice, shares his adventure inside a Statcast truck and why, although cautious, broadcasters find statistics relatable and easy to adopt into their show.
Despite countless injuries to star players, St. Louis has flourished heading into the Postseason, clinching yet another playoff berth. MLB.com's Cardinals beat reporter Jenifer Langosch joins Statcast host Mike Petriello to try and quantify how the Cardinals' depth has allowed them to dominate for another season with major contributions from Matt Carpenter and Randal Grichuk. (15:10) Plus, Mike and Orange County Register's Pedro Moura discuss the Angels starting pitching woes and why Garrett Richards has to step up and be the ace his team needs.
Can you quantify the impact Yoenis Cespedes has had on the Mets since joining the team? MLB.com's Analyst Jim Duquette joins Statcast host Mike Petriello to debate his impact, settle some Matt Harvey drama, and how the Mets integrated stats into their ballclub. Plus, Jeff Zimmerman (12:34) of FanGraphs talks about using advanced data to identify power in amateur ball, how the source of pitcher arm injuries have changed, and how much to worry about Greg Holland.
The amount of prospects who have been called up this season is not just a coincidence. MLBPipeline.com's Jim Callis joins MLB.com's Statcast host Mike Petriello to explain that this season has been a perfect storm for prospects who have made giant impacts with their respective clubs. Plus, Callis makes the case as to why Corey Seager should be suiting up for the Dodgers.
How much weight should Major League teams put into amateur players' stats like spin rate, exit velocity and home run distance? Mike Ferrin, host of Power Alley on Sirius XM, joins MLB.com's Statcast podcast host Mike Petriello to explain why you should read those stats with a grain of salt and to divulge which fan base is in panic mode. Plus, James Wagner from the Washington Post joins the show (12:15) to break down some key players on the Nationals' lineup from head to toe and explain why it's time to get serious.
What led Cleveland to fall short of expectations this season? Indians reporter Jordan Bastian joins MLB.com's Mike Petriello on the Statcast podcast to explain why the Tribe hasn't lived up to the hype, how Trevor Bauer's actively trying to get more spin on his pitches and how throwing eight different pitches could be hindering his success. The guys also spotlight Zach McAllister's new-found velocity and impressive strikeout rate since joining the bullpen. Former big league catcher John Baker also joins the show to give his perspective from the backstop position. He explains how Tim Cossins' advice has been clutch and why there's so much more to catching than meets the eye. Baker dishes about the year catchers started to trick umpires while framing pitches and why he wishes he had the analytics that exist today during his playing days. Plus, the guys spotlight Kyle Schwarber and how his confidence shines through his powerful swing.
MLB.com host Mike Petriello takes a look at two of the more fascinating teams in baseball this season, the Royals and the Pirates. Travis Sawchik, recent author and award winning reporter for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, joins Statcast to breakdown how the Pirates have been so successful and why Clint Hurdle's ability to adapt to the ever-changing baseball landscape has been a key to his team's success. Plus, they'll discuss why pitchers are reviving their careers donning the black and yellow. Rany Jazayerli, longtime Baseball Prospectus writer and frequent Grantland contributor, joins Statcast to pinpoint exactly why Kansas City brought Johnny Cueto to the midwest, how the Royals' past choices has led them to their current and future success and explain why Lorenzo Cain, Alex Gordon, and Jarrod Dyson are such a dangerous combination in the outfield, covering the most average distance for outfielders, per Statcast.
What's the secret to increasing the Mets' happiness when it comes to their lineup? Will they look to add a defensive weapon in the outfield with Juan Lagares playing at less than 100 percent? Mets reporter Anthony DiComo joins the Statcast podcast to explain what the team needs to make a playoff push. Plus, Dave Cameron, editing manager at Fangraphs, joins Statcast to explain why some of the return trades we see could be disappointing, discuss whether or not Mike Trout could be having his best season yet at the age of 23 and why WAR needs to be more uniform across baseball.
Zack Greinke can do no wrong in the baseball world or in the Statcast world right now. Sports Illustrated writer Tom Verducci joins MLB.com host Mike Petriello to spotlight Greinke's hard-throwing changeup and artistry on the mound, where the ace could end up next season and the future of Statcast in broadcasts and the scouting department. Dr. Ben Baumer also joins Statcast to reflect on how he started the Mets' stats department and the advancement of the position, the kind of stats that held value during his time with the Mets and what he would do to help the team's offensive woes in 2015.
Author Molly Knight joins MLB.com host Mike Petriello to detail her new book "The Best Team Money Can Buy," explain why Don Mattingly is so willing and eager to learn more about analytics and discuss why Zack Greinke is one of the most fascinating players in baseball. Jay Jaffe, Sports Illustrated baseball writer, also joins the Statcast podcast to highlight exit velocity numbers from Miguel Sano and Robinson Cano, look back on the Dee Gordon/Matt Kemp trades and discuss where Cole Hamels, Johnny Cueto and others will land at the Trade Deadline.
Boston Globe writer Alex Speier joins MLB.com's Mike Petriello to explain how David Ortiz's exit velocity proves he still can be a force. Plus, Speier expands on the idea that you can turn complicated numbers into simplified, useful concepts that enhance the game of baseball. Ted Berg, writer at USA Today's For The Win, also joins the show. Berg explains how head-first sliding isn't the quickest way to the base (and has the numbers to prove it) and despite what fans think, explains why Curtis Granderson is having a strong season at the plate.
How does St. Louis continue to win despite losing key players? MLB.com host Mike Petriello talks backup plans, Randal Grichuk's power and Michael Wacha's numbers with Sports on Earth's senior writer Will Leitch on this week's Statcast Podcast.
Statcast is changing the future of the slash line. Cubs broadcaster Len Kasper joins MLB.com host Mike Petriello to explain how Statcast is changing the way we view the game. Plus, Len and Mike spotlight Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta and the incredible spin rate on his sinker. Don't miss MLB Network's Showcase Game on June 26 that features Arrieta and his dynamic arsenal against the Cardinals.
Jeff Passan from Yahoo Sports joins MLB.com host Mike Petriello to talk about Giancarlo Stanton, defense, common fans and player health. Plus, Ben Lindbergh from Grantland calls in to talk about his recent Statcast articles and why Carter Capps is a Statcast dream.
MLB.com host Mike Petriello debuts a brand new podcast revolving around the numbers. He is joined by MLB.com's Cory Schwartz to find out the who, what, where, when and why of Statcast and everything in between.