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Is Dayton Moore the Bravest GM in Baseball, or the Bavasi-est? Miscellanea in the Betancourt Aftermath

You can find my "objective" analysis of the Betancourt trade at Driveline Mechanics (it also covers the Francoeur-Church trade, which is actually probably even awesomer). At Driveline, I pretend to...

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Hillman's Bane, or, Estimating the Platoon Skills of Some Royals Hitters

Platooning: Something every semi-serious baseball fan, player, executive, and manager understands. Um, right? No, this isn't another anti-Hillman rant. Rather, I knew that the silent millions who...

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Choose-Your-Own WAR Projection! 2009 Royals Position Players

As one of the millions of people who undoubtedly read yesterday's Driveline Mechanics column on optimizing the 2009 Royals' lineup, I have little doubt you saw all those numbers for the Royals...

Driveline Archives: Zack Greinke

Kyle got his old Driveline Archives imported to SBNation finally... check out this Greinke analysis.

(Perhaps) the 20 Most Valuable Single Season Performances by Royals Starting Pitchers

I thought this was something a bit more positive that we could all enjoy. Yes, it is connected with my latest Driveline article on pitcher valuation, but I figure if I add a little extra sugar on top for my Royals Review Peeps (tm), it doesn't count as spam. Anyway, you can learn more about how I value pitchers by reading the article (there's a bit more sugar at the end for Royals fans in the section on tRA). While I haven't incorporated park factors into my database yet, since replacement level is derived from league average, and runs --> wins conversion is custom for each year in my database, it is pretty well adjusted to era. "fe2WAR" is just the dumb name I came up with for averaging FIP-RAR and ERA-WAR, which I then convert to wins. I like Zack, but as you can see, perhaps the Saberhagen comparisons are a bit premature... some pretty incredible seasons in there. Much more to discuss there, I imagine. Note that this is just starting pitchers -- I have a way to incorporate leverage, but it isn't straightforward in terms of mixing leveraged and un-leveraged value in my system, at least not yet. But if we did count it for relievers, I'm pretty sure that at least one or two of Quisenberry's awesome seasons would be in there. But I'll save that for another time. I'm also going to revisit this using BaseRuns-based pitching stats, but that will come later. Enjoy, disagree, discuss!

(Self)-Pimpin' ain't easy

Ok... I'm sorry, but it's a proud moment. My first "official" column for Driveline Mechanics. It's something I started doing that would focus on the Royals, but, well, as you can see, it is of more general interest, although Mike Jacobs fans will be happy to see that he does have his defensive uses (ahem)... Some other of our (my) favorite characters and motifs make cameos. I won't self-promote too much here, just wanted to thank everyone here again for their encouragement. I'm sure you wish you could take it back now. I still have stuff I want to do about the Royals, but for now, my three-part series, dedicated to Gopherballs, is on hold. A preview of what you missed: Part I: Joakim Soria: Starter or Closer? Part II: Wither Mark Teahen? Part III: Yup, pr0f3550r Farnsworth still sux

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