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Improved Team Game Finders for the Playoffs

Posted by David Corby on April 17, 2014

Just in time for the playoffs we've added some new functionality to our Team Game Finder search tool. In particular, you can search for playoff games by team and opponent seed, and also series best-of format.

Search for all Game 1 opening-round 8-seed wins vs. top-seeded opponents in the modern playoff era, or find out how well 1-seeds have fared in decisive game 7s during that same period (26-4!)

We have seeds going back to the BAA playoffs, and also for the ABA. The NBA has employed several playoff formats in its history - including some complex ones with divisional seeds and re-seeding schemes, though it's been pretty stable since 1984 when it inaugurated the 16-team format. Nonetheless, if you know what you're searching for, we have all games and all seeds going back to 1947.

As always, you can get to our Team Game Finder by clicking on Play Index in the top left corner of any page on our site, and then Team Game Finder. Here's what's new...

 

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No Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, CBB at Sports Reference

Fielding Independent Pitching (FIP) added to Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by sean on April 17, 2014

Last night, I added FIP (short for Fielding Independent Pitching) to the site. This is a sabermetric stat for pitchers that approximates ERA without the effect of their team's fielding ability. FIP actually correlates to future ERA better than ERA itself making it a superior indicator of future performance.

The idea is that the pitcher most directly controls the number of walks, home runs and strikeouts that occur and that the batters and fielders have a bigger say on whether balls in play are turned into outs and that most pitchers' Batting Average on Balls in Play (BAbip) reverts to a league average from one year to the next.

FIP is (13*HR + 3*(BB+HBP) - 2*SO)/IP + Constant(year). The constant is set so the yearly avg FIP equals the yearly avg ERA.

FIP can be looked at exactly like ERA and is scaled to exactly the same league average as ERA, but it's range will be slightly smaller.

Often a player with a low FIP and high ERA will improve, while a low ERA and high FIP indicates a likely regression as more hits start falling. I've placed FIP next to ERA to make this comparison more obvious, but if it begins making the ERA lookup too hard, I may move it further right on the pitching tables.

I've also added FIP and K% to the Play Index Season Finder. Right now, I don't believe we will add xFIP given the inconsistency in batted ball data, but that could change.

Player with big gap in FIP and ERA: Ricky Nolasco.

4 Comments | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Most Wanted, Stat Questions

2014 College Football Schedules Up

Posted by Mike on April 16, 2014

While we sit around and wait for the 2014 NFL draft (only 3 more weeks!), I've gotten the full 2014 college football schedule up for all games as well as the individual team and conference schedules.

No Comments | Posted in Announcement, CFB at Sports Reference, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Recent MLB Injuries & Transactions to Baseball-Reference.com Front page

Posted by sean on April 15, 2014

Baseball-Reference.com Front Page

We've been running transactions and injuries on the site for quite awhile now, but I've added a small module to the very bottom of the front page highlighting recent ones. Clicking on the full report links will send you to, surprise, the full report.

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No Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com

Age Relative to League Added to Minors Player Pages – Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by sean on April 15, 2014

Example: Jesse Biddle Minor League Statistics & History - Baseball-Reference.com.

We've had the league ages available for a long time now, but a user feature request pointed out to me that it would be useful to have this on the actual player pages as age is probably a prospect's most important stat.

You'll see the difference between their age and the league avg right next to the column with their age.

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2 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Uncategorized

Postseason W-L Added to Manager Records – Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by sean on April 14, 2014

Example: Casey Stengel Managerial Record - Baseball-Reference.com.

Added a couple of columns showing the manager postseason W-L records.

No Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com

Avg Time of Game added to Miscellaneous Team Stats Page – Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by sean on April 14, 2014

Example: 2014 Major League Baseball Attendance & Miscellaneous - Baseball-Reference.com.

Our game time data is more or less complete back to 1947, so we have added avg time of game to the Attendance & Misc. option under the "Other" tab on the year-league pages.

No Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com

Hat Trick Leaders now on Hockey Reference

Posted by Hans Van Slooten on April 14, 2014

We have added hat trick leaderboards to Hockey Reference. While we only have game logs going back to the 1987-88 season, we are able to do some magic to also include the career hat trick leaders. To see this functionality, you can go to the menu item Leaders > All NHL & WHA Leaders & Records:

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Then, scroll down to the Hat Tricks line:

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You can also see the hat tricks on the individual player leaderboards:

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Let us know if you have any comments or questions.

No Comments | Posted in Announcement, Features, Hockey-Reference.com

Manager & Umpire Challenges Added To Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by sean on April 11, 2014

Baseball-Reference.com - MLB Stats, Standings, Scores, History.

On the front page of the site, we now give a running total of the number of plays challenged along with links to the team-by-team totals and also to the manager pages.

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On the Manager pages, we actually show the details of each challenge along with the scoring change (if appeal is successful) and leverage prior to the play. It would be nice to show the WPA change when there is a successful challenge, but our system would just take too many modifications at the moment to implement that quickly.

No Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com

2014 WAR now Updating on Baseball-Reference.com

Posted by sean on April 11, 2014

2014 Major League Baseball Player Value - Baseball-Reference.com.

We always wait a week or before we fire up the WAR machine.

3 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com

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