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ESPN: What's wrong with Mariano Rivera's cutter?

Rafe Anderson

ESPN's Stats & Information team examines the recent struggles of Mariano Rivera.

Yankees closer Mariano Rivera has had some significant issues in his last two appearances for the Yankees and one of the reasons for this is an issue he’s having with his trademark pitch. 

As Bill Chuck noted a few weeks ago, in a piece on BaseballAnalytics.org, that Rivera’s cutter was not as sharp as it had been in previous seasons. 

Source: ESPN.com (Mark Simon)

ESPN: A Tale of Two Seasons for Dan Uggla

Rafe Anderson

ESPN takes a close look at Dan Uggla's performance along with supporting heat maps:

When Uggla was going bad, he couldn’t make contact with sliders from right-handed pitchers. He only was putting about one-third of his swings in play. Now, he’s putting half of his swings against sliders from righties into play and doing major damage. When making contact with a slider from a right-handed pitcher during the streak, he’s 11-for-22 with five home runs. And to tie back to the previous note, four of those have come on sliders on the outer-third. 

Source: ESPN.com (Mark Simon & Katie Sharp)

ESPN: The Josh Johnson Breaking Ball

Rafe Anderson

ESPN.com takes a close look at Josh Johnson and his breaking ball:

When hitters do make contact, they don't hit the ball well. Johnson has induced 24 ground balls with his curve/slider combo. That has yielded a total of one base hit. And the only player to get that hit? It took the best hitter in baseball to do it-- Albert Pujols. That's a pretty good statement as to where Johnson is at this point in 2011. It will be a challenge for the Mets to overcome tonight. 

Source: ESPN.com (Mark Simon)

ESPN: Josh Johnson is in command in 2011

Rafe Anderson

If it seems like Josh Johnson is flirting with a no-hitter every time out this season, it’s because he is. In each of his five starts this season, the Florida Marlins right-hander has not allowed a hit though three innings. In three of his five starts, including Sunday against the Rockies, he pitched at least 5⅔ innings of no-hit ball. Johnson has three of the six total no-hit bids of at least 5⅔ innings this season. According to Elias, he is the first pitcher in the last 50 years with three starts of at least 5⅔ no-hit innings in April. 

Source: ESPN.com (Lee Singer)

Sports Business Journal: TruMedia Heat Maps on NESN

Rafe Anderson

By Eric Fisher, Staff Writer, SportsBusiness Journal

Published April 28, 2011

NESN has struck a short-term trial deal with TruMedia Networks to test the Massachusetts-based company's player-by-player heat maps, based on advanced statistical analytics, during game broadcasts. The RSN is exploring how best to deploy the technology, and is also searching for a presenting corporate sponsor for the element. The heat maps show hot and cold zones and historical tendencies for individual hitters and pitchers, and can be easily tailored to a nearly infinite amount of specific game and pitch-count situations. "We're always looking for ways to enhance the viewing experience for Red Sox fans," said Russ Kenn, NESN coordinating producer for Red Sox broadcasts. “TruMedia Networks' heat mapping technology not only enhances the viewing experiences but also provides brands an opportunity for unique in-game exposure."

Weaver used to starting fast

Rafe Anderson

ESPN.com | April 21, 2011

In his past two starts combined, Weaver has thrown 153 of 223 pitches for strikes. An analysis of heat maps -- courtesy of TruMedia Networks –- shows Weaver was able to consistently pound the outside corner to both lefties and righties. Weaver threw just 17 pitches over the heart of the plate in those two starts –- none resulted in hits. 

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Gonzalez's Monster Potential (ESPN)

Rafe Anderson

Some interesting analysis from ESPN regarding Adrian Gonzalez and this future at Fenway Park.

Gonzalez’s opposite field power was an inescapable storyline when the Boston Red Soxacquired him in the offseason (and now it’ll be one for the next seven years). Here was a player who had smacked 50 opposite field home runs since 2008, the most in the majors. In fact, only Ryan Howard (48) even came close, with Joey Votto’s 36 next in line. 

Here is the complete story.

A Closer Look at Gardner's Struggles (Part 1)

Rafe Anderson

Mark Simon (ESPN) takes a closer look at Brett Gardner:
If you’re a Yankees fan, do you want Brett Gardner hitting leadoff? 

For that to happen, Gardner will need to establish, among other things, that he can get on base at a rate significantly better than Derek Jeter. That means proving that the struggles that turned Gardner into a different hitter in the second half of last season are a thing of the past. 

MIT Sloan: Sports Analytics

Rafe Anderson

Yes, the Sports Analytics Conference hosted by MIT Sloan was nearly 8 months ago. That said, the panel hosted by Rob Neyer (ESPN) is well worth another look.

Panel:
Tom Tippett, Boston Red Sox
John Dewan, Baseball Info Solutions
John Abbamondi, San Diego Padres
Shiraz Rehman, San Francisco Giants
Dan Duquette, Duquette Sports Academy 

Here is a link to the panel: http://www.sloansportsconference.com/panels-2/2010-2/baseball-analytics/

MLB Analytics Test Drive

Rafe Anderson

Today we're launching a new program that will provide organizations with the opportunity to gain unlimited access to to our MLB analytics platform for 24 hours. If you are interested in taking our platform for a test drive please complete our request form. We will follow up with you promptly. 

24 Hour Access Request Form