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David Ortiz and the Fountain of Youth

by Andrew Mooney This post can also be seen on Boston.com here. Over the past ten seasons, the Boston Red Sox have had quite a few heroes. Some, like Damon or Pedro, may seem as if they played closer to … Continue reading

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Explaining the Rise of Josh Reddick

by Sam Waters This post can also be seen at baseballanalyics.org here. Last year, Josh Reddick slugged .457 with 7 homers in an 87-game stint with the Red Sox. Feeling confident in his outfield alternatives, Ben Cherington shipped Reddick to … Continue reading

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The Case for Brian Duensing, Starting Pitcher

by Sam Waters This post can also be seen on baseballanalytics.org here. Brian Duensing has seen action in the Twins’ starting rotation during parts of the last three seasons with moderate success, but this year he has worked exclusively out … Continue reading

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The Fall of Ubaldo Jimenez

by Sam Waters This post also appeared on baseballanalytics.com here. Let’s get right to the point- Ubaldo Jimenez has been terrible this year. Really, really terrible. Of course, May is usually a little too early to panic about any pitcher’s … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Edwin Jackson (Finally)

by Sam Waters This post can also been on baseballanalytics.org here. Edwin Jackson has had what some might call an up-and-down career to this point. At times tantalizing, at times infuriating, the right-hander has pitched for six different teams over … Continue reading

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The Reading Level of Sports Writing

by Ben Blatt The last time we played around with sportswriter analytics, we wondered if we could algorithmically determine the author of a column based on his favorite words (we could). For a followup, I decided to look at the … Continue reading

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Beckett’s Decreasing Velocity a Cause for Concern

by Andrew Mooney You can also read this article on Boston.com here Ah, May 15. That day of universal celebration across Red Sox Nation: Josh Beckett’s birthday. On this merry occasion, Beckett’s mailbox will surely be stuffed with the most … Continue reading

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Other Side of the Coin: Rodney’s Fortune on Called Strikes

by Sam Waters This post can also be seen on baseballanalytics.org here. Fernando Rodney has been one of this season’s most pleasant surprises in relief, as Mr. Golebiewski noted yesterday. An average to below-average pitcher for most of his career … Continue reading

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How Important is a Good April?

by Andrew Mooney This post also appeared on Boston.com here Predictably, the Red Sox’ uneven start to the season brought with it more than its fair share of hand wringing. That’s understandable, given the way the beginning and end of … Continue reading

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Brandon Morrow’s Supposed Struggles From the Stretch

Please follow this link to read HSAC contributor Sam Waters’s analysis of Brandon Morrow at http://www.baseballanalytics.org. Quick preview: Heading into this year, many still view Morrow as a breakout candidate, but the narrative has changed a little. No one has … Continue reading

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