Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Cyclone, this is truly a great piece of work. I'd like to see RedsZone set up a second Archives-like forum called something like "The Baseball Academy" where posts like this can be preserved and quickly accessed by fans who want to get smarter about the game.
Your data indicates that, as baseball conventional wisdom teaches, the quickest way to neuter a hitter is to get him into a pitchers count. The best hitters are the ones most adept at working the strike zone in their favor. While this is relevant to showing why the Reds are so successful offensively, perhaps the inverse could aslo be revealing as to why the Reds are so poor on the mound. I'd be curious to see how often Reds pitchers placed opposing batters in hitters counts vs. pitchers counts -- and I'd be willing to wager that Aaron Harang saw way more pitchers counts than Eric Milton did last year.
I agree and think that maybe a sub-forum archive of SABR-related posts like these would be great way to educate the masses on some of the principals rooted in deep statistical analysis.
When someone makes a subjective knee-jerk post saying something like, "Adam Dunn can't can't hit......blah blah blah", just direct them to a link that takes them into the archive of that particular topic.
Good bump, vaticanplum.