MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at New York Mets

The Mets’ Offense and the Burden of Context

Often, when watching a lot of games by the same baseball team, we might say things like “boy it sure feels like Bobby Ballplayer strikes out a lot on high fastballs,” or “golly it seems like Javier Hitter grounds into a double play every time there’s a runner on first.” Often, we seek to prove […]

MLB: New York Mets at Atlanta Braves

Asdrubal Cabrera and the Unexpected Expected

When the Mets inked shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera to a two-year $18 million contract during the winter meetings in December, the response was reasonably tepid. Sports Illustrated’s winter report card for the Mets was titled “Mets focus on short-term moves in the off-season,” but Cliff Corcoran identified the Cabrera signing as “less encouraging” than other signings, […]

MLB: Atlanta Braves at New York Mets

Our (Almost) Mid-Season PECOTA Check-Up

Player projections are future oriented—it’s built into the name. But that doesn’t mean projections from the past cease being informative as time moves forward. On the contrary, looking at pre-season projections compared to the state of things today can tell us who has been over- and under-performing the expected center, as well as how much. […]