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In Some Depth: Volatility Check

Ryan Eisner

Ryan Eisner

Ryan has been writing for Rotowire since 2007. He currently writes about baseball and covers the White Sox.

Memorial Day is right around the corner, and rather than looking at a handful of positional battles, I thought it would be a good time to examine which teams and managers have utilized the most and fewest lineups to the quarter-way mark.

Teams have used an average of 27.5 lineups through the season's first 43 games or so, with a high of 38 (Houston) and a low of 18 (three teams). However, just looking at the raw number of lineups is not very telling, since not every team has played an equal number of games. Wacky weather patterns, and the presence of an open-air stadium in Minnesota means there is a four-game discrepancy between teams. Hence, I created a "stability quotient" by dividing each team's number of games played by the number of lineups used.

A low stability quotient represents a team that has used a high number of lineups given the number of games played, while a high stability quotient reflects a team that has used few lineups given the number of game

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