Jeffrey Long

  • joined Aug 29, 2013
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Does RP velocity matter?


How much does velocity matter for relief pitchers? Maybe less than you think when it comes to performance. Managers however seem to give pitchers with greater velocity more leeway when it comes to...

Where does Adam Dunn rank among pitching DHs?


Three DHs have taken the mound for their teams, meaning that we must look at where Adam Dunn falls in the record books. Was he the best pitching DH? The worst? Only an analytical comparison can...

Why was this trade deadline so crazy?


Economic principles can give us insight into why this MLB trade deadline was such a crazy one. How did the principles of supply and demand create a market for players the likes of which we've never...

Who is Tsuyoshi Wada


In the wake of a recent trade the Cubs have come to rely on Tsuyoshi Wada, a former NPB ace that has struggled somewhat in transitioning to MLB. Can he prove his doubters wrong, or is he getting it...

Why is PITCHf/x important


A look into what else PITCHf/x can tell us and why it's so important to our understanding of the game. It's more than just numbers, it's about getting inside of pitchers' heads and seeing what...

The Baltimore Orioles should trade for Tulowitzki


The Orioles and Rockies match up for what would be a swap of an established superstar for several top 100 prospects, including some of the best pitching prospects in baseball. Why should the...

How has Jesse Hahn been successful so far in MLB?


Jesse Hahn is a guy who's thrown less than 200 innings in the minors, but that didn't stop the Padres from calling him up and thrusting him into the starting rotation. How has he been successful in...

Masahiro Tanaka and baseball's best splitter


Masahiro Tanaka has come to MLB and dominated, largely because of his excellent split-fingered fastball. Just how good is the tool that has played such a large part in his success so far this season?

Johan Santana's improbable return


Nobody really knows what Santana will be when he eventually takes the mound for the Baltimore Orioles. His return though, regardless of the results, is as improbable as it is exciting for Orioles'...

Dellin Betances is among the best relievers in MLB


Betances hasn't fulfilled the promise he once had as a top prospect as a starting pitcher in the majors, but he has quickly become one of the best relievers in all of baseball. Betances' two-pitch...

Why aren't there more 20 K games?


Building on original research by Neil Weinberg, this post attempts to put more data behind the question. Includes insight from Tom Tango and data he specifically mentions as being useful in the...

How has Jose Abreu's approach impacted his season?


Abreu's solid approach at the plate has played a tremendous role in his early season success. His combined patience at the plate and aggressive approach against pitches in the zone has been crucial...

Zach Britton's sinker is the key to his career


Britton fell off the prospect map after under-performing in his first three chances in MLB. This season though, he's reinvented himself as a reliever and used his sinker to remind us all why he was...

Yovani Gallardo's career aided by constant tweaks


Yovani Gallardo has made significant changes to his approach multiple times in his seven year career, something that's somewhat strange for a pitcher who's been as successful as he's been. How has...

Did Lester change his release point?


Anecdotal evidence seemed to suggest that Jon Lester changed his release point in 2013, but does the data back up that claim? What else might be at play in Lester's second half resurgence from last...

Cincinnati Reds Team Preview


An analysis of the Reds 2013 season, the moves they made during the offseason, and what we can expect from them in 2014.

Is Cole Hamels the key to a Phillies re-build?


The Phillies have a valuable trade chip in Cole Hamels that they might need to consider using if the team continues to flounder. Ruben Amaro, Jr. has been reluctant to re-build in the past, but the...

Who was 2013's most average starting pitcher?


A quick analysis gives some insight into which starting pitcher was the closest to league average for 2013 based on strikeouts, walks, and home runs.

What caused Cliff Lee's renaissance in 2008?


Taking some old analysis from Mike Fast we can look at what made Cliff Lee's incredible improvement from 2007 to 2008 possible. Lee went from a nobody to the best pitcher in baseball, and we don't...

Examining the Astros' signing of Jerome Williams


The Astros signed veteran pitcher Jerome Williams who hasn't exactly been "lights out" over the course of his career. Was this move a mind boggling waste of $2 million or another shrewd pickup by...

How small keys to success made Max Scherzer an ace


Max Scherzer went from a solid starting pitcher to a legitimate ace after making a few simple tweaks that helped him get the most out of his stuff. PITCHf/x allows us to dig in and see what...

Detroit's other great pitcher and his best pitch


Anibal Sanchez was terrific last season, success that was partially built on his changeup usage. The pitch, something that Sanchez has seen improve over the past few years, gives him a tremendous...

Examining Ubaldo Jimenez's Unique Approach


Ubaldo Jimenez seems to customize his approach to each at-bat depending on the situation he's presented with, and even how the at-bat itself changes. PITCHf/x allows us to examine Jimenez's pitch...

A look at a forgotten free agent: Ervin Santana


Ervin Santana hasn't gotten much press lately, but there's reason to believe he can be a solid pitcher for a new team. His adoption of the sinker makes him a ground ball threat who can pitch...

Sonny Gray: Why He'll be an Ace for Oakland


PITCHf/x shows why Oakland may have found themselves an ace in Sonny Gray. Taking a deep look at Gray's pitch usage, release points, and pitch mix allows us to see why the young pitcher was so...

The art of the strikeout: Darvish vs. Guthrie


What is the difference between the best and worst pitchers in MLB at striking guys out? For Yu Darvish and Jeremy Guthrie, there are a few factors. The most important of which is ability to miss...

The Art of (Not) Walking Batters: Lee vs. Locke


A look at the best and worst pitcher in MLB when it comes to BB/9, this article teases out the differences between Cliff Lee and Jeff Locke to figure out why Lee is so good at limiting walks while...

PITCHf/x Profile of Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright


Adam Wainwright has been downright dominant. How has he been able to be so effective in 2013? Taking a look with PITCHf/x allows us to get an inside look at how Wainwright has been so effective.

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