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Does Understanding Sabermetrics Help You Pitch Better?
Posted by Chris Liss at 3/8/2008 10:57:00 PM
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Royals pitcher Brian Bannister is is trying to take advantage of knowing about things like BABIP, HR/9, etc.

If he succeeds, you can bet a lot more pitchers and coaches will follow suit.


I think this is bunk. Pitching is hard enough without trying to manipulate these sabermetric numbers within an at bat. Sabermetrics reflect pitching results, not tools to use to achieve said results. A really bad idea Mr. Bannister.
Posted by bwitt at 3/9/2008 7:43:00 AM
Then again, gaining an edge from applying empirical data is preferable to using a PED that could grow the proverbial third hand from one's forehead.
Posted by Jaycees67 at 3/9/2008 10:01:00 AM
Not sure how much this helps HIM, but it's certainly something that front office types should be more aware of (Ned Colletti, I'm talking to you). I guess it could be positive for Bannister in the sense that he realizes that his 07 performance was somewhat fluky and that he can't just rest on his laurels.
Posted by vtadave at 3/9/2008 12:01:00 PM
Why so quick to dismiss the idea? It sounds perfectly reasonable to me. If I have data that says throwing a particular pitch in a particular count in a particular spot to a particular batter is more likely to end negatively than positively, does that not help me? Pitchers already study scouting reports, looking for the best ways to get out hitters. Why not add another level to it?
Posted by Jason Thornbury at 3/10/2008 7:11:00 AM
Jason- What you are describing sounds like, at least to me, is the simple memory tank that pitchers use (Greg Maddux as well as anyone) to get hitters out in different counts with different pitches. I don't think this is neccessarily applying sabermetrics like the article described.
Posted by bwitt at 3/10/2008 9:56:00 AM

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