Baseball

Racial Bias in MLB Umpiring

Racial Bias in MLB Umpiring
For the time being, balls and strikes in MLB are decided by humans, who have inherent prejudices and biases. This would suggest that finding racist...

Do Homer Umps Exist?

Do Homer Umps Exist?
It is well known to any decent baseball totals gambler, or astute baseball watcher for that matter, that the interpretation of the strike zone vari...

Pitch Sequencing the Umpire, and why Inaccurate Pitchers Should Fight the Automatic Strike Zone

Pitch Sequencing the Umpire, and why Inaccurate Pitchers Should Fight the Automatic Strike Zone
In my last post I mentioned the idea the umpire's call is heavily influenced by the location of the last pitch, which sets a sort of reference fram...

Pitch Sequencing 101: Fastballs Up-and-In

Pitch Sequencing 101: Fastballs Up-and-In
One of the truly under-studied areas of baseball theory is pitch sequencing, the idea that pitches earlier in the at-bat influence hitter behavior ...

Spring Training Velocity Drops: Do they have Predictive Value?

Velocity drops in spring training are a key area of focus for both fantasy baseball players and sports bettors, and for good reason. Spring trainin...