Deep Thoughts with CheeseIsGood: Strikeouts and Walks

I’ve been hovering around this subject for the past couple weeks, and I still have a lot more research to do and numbers to run to figure out exactly what to do with this information, but I wanted to throw out this very basic data that I looked at recently.

If you’ve been reading my nonsense for any period of time, you know how strongly I stress the very basic stats for pitchers: strikeouts and walks. The world is filled with all kinds of fancy new metrics; we’ve got the statcast exit velocities and spin rates and barrels and we’ve got whiff rates and zone profiles on every different variety of pitch. It can all get a little overwhelming, especially if you are new to MLB, or have limited time or interest in these advanced stats.

When it seems like the game is changing, as we’ve discussed with the power surge, and you see some ace pitchers getting hit around, the natural reaction seems to be that we must be doing something wrong. Why are we still paying for aces if they are giving up more runs this year? There must be some hidden stats that tell us who the best pitchers really are, right?

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  • Dave Potts (CheeseIsGood)

  • One of the preeminent baseball minds in all of fantasy, Dave Potts, aka CheeseIsGood, has won contests at the highest levels of both season-long and DFS. He is a two-time winner of a million dollar first place prize in DFS; having won the 2014 FanDuel baseball live final and following that up by taking down a DraftKings Millionare Maker Tournament in 2015. In addition, he’s won the Main Event championship in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship and the NFBC Platinum League, which is the highest buy-in entry league. His consistent success in the NFBC tournaments recently earned him a prestigious spot in their Hall of Fame. Dave can also strum a mean guitar while carrying a tune and if you’re lucky, you’ll see him do so on one of his GrindersLive appearances. Follow Dave on Twitter – @DavePotts2.


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    1nd rate article. keep it simple

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