How A Ball That Traveled 323 Feet Could Have Traveled 353 Feet

PITTSBURGH – In the third inning of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 6-5 extra-innings win over the St. Louis Cardinals, Andrew McCutchen connected on a 2-2 fastball from Michael Wacha that resulted in a RBI-double, scoring John Jaso from first base. According to Baseball Savant data, McCutchen’s hit traveled 323 feet in…

The Anatomy of Jordy Mercer’s RBI Double

PITTSBURGH – Last week, as a guest on The Blue Dot Report podcast, Dr. Alan Nathan was posed the question, “Does understanding concepts about physics help one understand or enjoy the game more?” Dr. Nathan’s response was: “I really do look for things that are indicative of phenomena that I’ve…

Comparing And Contrasting Blake Rutherford & Carlos Correa

PITTSBURGH – As USA Today wrote last month, Carlos Correa is 21 years old and already perhaps the best shortstop in all of baseball. Correa entered 2015 without a single game above Class A ball on his professional resume, then played his way to the big leagues by early June and…

Carlos Correa’s Average Exit Velocity, Batting Average and BABIP

PITTSBURGH – In 2015, Carlos Correa was thrown a four-seam fastball, two-seam fastball, changeup, curveball or slider on 81.4% of pitches he faced. His combined average exit velocity against those five pitches was 89.8 mph, from 192 AB’s of recorded data. Broken down into five sections of data, relative to the…

Can J.T. Realmuto Be A 20/15 Catcher in 2016

  PITTSBURGH – After multiple injuries to superstar players (Giancarlo Stanton, Jose Fernandez, Christian Yelich), firing their manager in-season (Mike Redmond) and overall poor performance by a host of veteran and free agent acquisitions (Mat Latos, Dan Haren), the emergence of prospect-turned-everyday-player, J.T. Realmuto has been a bright spot in…

The Tale of Two Exit Velocities

PITTSBURGH – In the 5th inning of last night’s game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the Arizona Diamondbacks, Pirates first baseman Pedro Alvarez hit the 1,000th home run in the history of PNC Park, accounting for Pittsburgh’s only run during a 4-1 loss to Arizona.

Pittsburgh’s Lumber Company

Below is an excerpt from “Scott Miller’s Starting 9: Dodgers, Yankees, Cubs, Nats Look to Solve Problems” found on the Bleacher Report today, featuring North Side start-up Diamond Kinetics.  PITTSBURGH – The game has changed immensely since the days of Willie Stargell, Manny Sanguillen and Dave Parker in Three Rivers Stadium,…

Dispelling The Mystery of Pitch Speed

@ChiCityBrian @enosarris If I said that, I misspoke. 1 mph pitch = 0.2 mph exit= 1 ft distance. 1 mph bat = 1.2 mph exit= 6 ft distance. — Alan Nathan (@pobguy) July 14, 2015 PITTSBURGH – In the midst of our Science of Baseball conversation with Dr. Alan Nathan…

Is A.J. Pollock The Most Underrated Player in Baseball

PITTSBURGH – Over the past 162 cumulative games played per individual player, only two players have the following minimum combined stat line: .290 BA, 90 R, 15 HR, 60 RBI and 25 SB. Moreover, of these two players only one is currently ranked in the Top-10 in defensive runs saved…