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March 15, 2013

The BP Wayback Machine: Do Spring Speeds Matter?

by Mike Fast

Can velocity changes in March and April reveal whether the radar gun will be a pitcher's friend or foe throughout the season?

January 25, 2012

Spinning Yarn: Last Pitch

by Mike Fast

One of our finest analytical minds says farewell and rides off into the sabermetric sunset to join an MLB team, introducing our newest addition in the process.

December 21, 2011

Spinning Yarn: Hit-and-Run Success is No Accident

by Mike Fast

The hit-and-run is much maligned as a small-ball tactic, but it's a surprisingly successful strategy.

November 22, 2011

Spinning Yarn: How Does Quality of Contact Relate to BABIP?

by Mike Fast

Mike continues his investigation of HITf/x data to glean more insights into whether pitchers can prevent hits on balls in play.

November 16, 2011

Spinning Yarn: Who Controls How Hard the Ball is Hit?

by Mike Fast

When a batter and pitch face off, which has a greater effect on how hard the ball is hit, and what can that tell us about pitcher BABIP?

October 28, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Lowe's Changeup to Freese

by Mike Fast

A short investigation of Lowe's changeup thrown to Freese to end Game 6 in the 11th inning

October 26, 2011

Spinning Yarn: Can We Predict Hot and Cold Zones for Hitters?

by Mike Fast

When is hot truly hot, and when is it not?

October 18, 2011

BP Unfiltered: New Pitch Blocking Research

by Mike Fast

Link to article on catcher pitch blocking by Bojan Koprivica

October 8, 2011

BP Unfiltered: NLCS Umpire Charts and Data

by Mike Fast

2010-2011 umpire data and ball/strike charts for the umpire crew for the 2011 NL Championship Series

September 24, 2011

Spinning Yarn: Removing the Mask Encore Presentation

by Mike Fast

In case you missed Mike Fast's extraordinary research into quantifying the heretofore hidden contributions of catchers, we're moving it back to the top of the list for the weekend.

September 7, 2011

Spinning Yarn: Home Plate Umpire Positioning

by Mike Fast

Does the way an umpire positions himself behind home plate affect the boundaries of his strike zone?

August 27, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Live Blog PITCHf/x Summit 2011

by Mike Fast

A live blog from the Sportvision 2011 PITCHf/x Summit, held in San Francisco

August 24, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Framing Ball Four to Cano

by Mike Fast

A quick recap of the ball four call for Robinson Cano in the ninth inning with bases loaded.

August 22, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Jerome Williams Is Back

by Mike Fast

An analysis of Williams' start with the Angels and a brief comparison to 2007.

August 17, 2011

Spinning Yarn: Why are Batters Hit by Pitches?

by Mike Fast

What factors determine how often hitters take one for the team?

August 6, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Where No Counsell Is, the People Fall

by Mike Fast

A short take on Craig Counsell breaking his hitless streak.

August 4, 2011

Premium Article Spinning Yarn: Counsell for the Defense

by Mike Fast

Dissecting Craig Counsell's 45-at-bat hitless streak

July 27, 2011

BP Unfiltered: Meals Money

by Mike Fast

A review of the call at home plate by Jerry Meals to end the Pirates-Braves game.

July 20, 2011

Spinning Yarn: A Zone of Their Own

by Mike Fast

As Jose Bautista can attest, the percentage of pitches a batter sees in the strike zone tells us a good deal about his capabilities.

June 16, 2011

BP Unfiltered: A New Screwballer

by Mike Fast

A quick look at Yoshinori Tateyama's screwball

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