Matt Bandi

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    Morning Reading, 10/18/2010

    Your Monday morning reading, composed entirely by Pat Lackey of WHYGAVS.

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    Classic Pirates memories, Win Expectancy style

    While glancing at the Win Expectancy chart for last night’s Yankees-Rangers game, I realized that FanGraphs also has these charts for historical games. Although I already knew that, I had never taken the time to sift through some older games. Here is a look at...

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    Afternoon Reading, 10/16/2010

    Your Saturday afternoon reading, with appearances by MGL, Tony Sanchez and Joe Posnanski.

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    Graphical Player 2010 – Evaluating my predictions

    Each of the past two offseasons, I contributed to Graphical Player, a fantasy baseball annual put together by John Burnson of Heater Magazine. Let’s take a look at a few of my Graphical Player 2010 player commentaries and see how I did.

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    Baseball America top 20 lists

    As you may have already seen, Baseball America has been unveiling Top 20 prospects list for each of the minor leagues in recent weeks. After revealing the International League today, they have covered each of the leagues that include Pirates affiliates. Let's see how the Bucs fared overall.

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    Evening Reading, 10/11/2010

    Your Monday evening reading, with appearances by Joe Posnanski, MGL and Jeff Zimmerman.

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    2010 MLB hitters

    Here is a quick graph of all major league hitters with 300+ plate appearances in 2010. On-Base Percentage (OBP) is on the x-axis, with Isolated Power (ISO) on the y-axis. This covers the two most important aspects of hitting; reaching base successfully and maximizing the number of bases attained each time at...

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    Rotation slots

    A few days ago, Bryan Smith of FanGraphs took a look at identifying which starting pitchers fit which numbered labels. In other words, he tried to classify each pitcher as a #1 starter, a #2 starter, and so on. Let's see where Pirates starters fit.

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    Walker's late-season improvements

    As I predicted in July, Neil Walker's high BABIP eventually fell back to earth. However, a dramatically improved walk rate helped keep him afloat once the hits stopped falling in for him. This bodes well for Walker's future.

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    18 years of losing

    Now that the season is officially over, here is a graph to visually display just how bad the Pirates were this year. The green line is the team WAR for each of the 18 losing seasons. I highlighted approximate replacement level (I used 48.5 wins for this) in blue and the unattainable...