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WAR On TheBaseballGauge.com

Posted by admin on June 5, 2012

WAR From Baseball-Reference Now Available | The Baseball Gauge Blog.

Just a reminder that we have downloadable files available for anyone who wants to use them with our full and updated WAR stats.

B-R About Pages

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Double-Doubles and Triple-Doubles

Posted by Justin Kubatko on June 5, 2012

Over at Basketball-Reference.com, I have added an option to search for double-doubles and triple-doubles to both the Player Game Finder and the Player Streak Finder. I was a little surprised to find that Rajon Rondo was the only player to register more than one triple-double during the 2011-12 regular season.

8 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Play Index

MLB Draft Tools

Posted by Neil on June 4, 2012

The Major league Baseball draft is tonight, so here are some tools you can use to prepare for the event:

Check them out as you get ready for the 2012 Draft!

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

This Day in Basketball

Posted by Neil on June 4, 2012

Basketball-Reference has added an 'On This Date' feature to the front page, which will list important historical happenings that took place on today's date. Check it out!

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features

Team Twitter Lists

Posted by Mike on June 4, 2012

In addition to the player Twitter accounts mentioned in the previous post, we've now introduced team Twitter lists for all teams, which you can view on our site or subscribe to on Twitter. The lists will be kept up-to-date as rosters change throughout the year and as we add more players so you won't miss a single scintillating Tweet.

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Player Birthdays

Posted by Neil on June 1, 2012

Happy birthday to Paul Coffey, Brad Wilkerson, Derek Lowe, Nick Young, Santana Moss, Larry Centers, and all the other athletes born today -- and a friendly reminder that you can look up player birthdays at all of our pro sites:

Birthdays at Baseball Reference

Birthdays at Basketball Reference

Birthdays at Pro Football Reference

Birthdays at Hockey Reference

Comments Off | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Basketball-Reference.com, Features, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Subscribe to the Play Index!

Posted by Neil on May 31, 2012

In case you don't already know about Baseball-Reference's Play Index, it's a set of research tools that allow you to create customizable queries on our database, save the results, and share them with others. Using the PI, you can:

  • Search full-season or multi-year totals to find your own custom leaderboards - Look at the entire history of baseball from 1871-2012 with every year, team, and position available, or filter the results in a vast number of ways: by specific years, by age, by first six seasons or last ten seasons, by American League only, by Cubs only, by switch-hitters, by catchers, by outfielder or infielder, by year of debut, but active or retired, by Hall of Famer, by height and weight, by living or deceased, or by a range of common statistical categories. Then sort the results by any common statistic, by the teams with the most players matching that category, by players with the most seasons matching that category, or by most recent, youngest, oldest, final year, or year of debut, and others.
  • Search player game totals - Filtering on any of a dozen or more choices, search for games on a single player level, or on any batter from 1918-2012, or on any pitcher. The same can be done for Team Batting or Team Pitching Totals.
  • Search player games looking for the most consecutive games matching a particular set of criteria - This can be done either on a single player level or on any batter in the last 95 years or on any pitcher. The same can be done for Team Batting or Team Pitching Streaks.
  • Search the records of a specific player - Output a detailed summary and play-by-play list of all events of a specific type from a single year or an entire career. For example, you can see all of Harmon Killebrew's triples or even his outs to the second baseman.
  • Search Batter vs. Pitcher Matchups - This tool presents a complete sortable list of batter or pitcher with totals for every opponent they faced by career or by year. Clicking on the player's name will lead you to a detailed output of their head-to-head plate appearances.
  • ...And more!

Personal Subscriptions to the Play Index still cost just $36 for a year, $6 for a month, or $2 for 24 hours. Subscriptions may only be used by a single user, and there are discounts for users sponsoring at least $35 in pages.

Organizational Subscriptions can be set up for either an unlimited number of users ($600/year), or for up to five users ($125/year).

There are Two Steps to Subscribe to the Play Index:

  1. Login to or create a Sports-Reference.com account (the same account used to sponsor pages).
  2. Already logged in (or just created an account)? Go to our subscription page to sign up.

Our Always-Available Free Trial: Non-subscribers can use the PI's features as much as you like. However, your outputs will be restricted to a limited number of results.

The Play Index comes with a money back guarantee. We will gladly return the unused portion of any Play Index Subscription should you be dissatisfied with the Play Index.

So go ahead, give the Play Index a try -- we're confident that once you start using it, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it.

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NFL records after N games

Posted by Neil on May 30, 2012

Tangotiger asked me to do some research for him with regard to predicting end-of-season records from a team's current record. Since it took a little time to put together, I figured I'd post the complete findings here.

The table below is based on every NFL season from 1988-2012 -- it lists every "season start" that a team had over that span (i.e., 4-1 through 5 games, etc.), and the average end-of-season winning percentage (counting ties as half-wins) for teams that started that way. I also showed the number of wins per 16 games to make it a little more understandable than a raw winning percentage.

Enjoy:

4 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Data, General, Pro-Football-Reference.com

Advanced Game Logs

Posted by Neil on May 24, 2012

Want to know each player's advanced stats for every game they've played? Check out our "Advanced Game Logs" feature.

Start by going to a player's game log page. You're currently viewing his basic game log, but click the red text for "Switch to Advanced Game Log"... There you'll see all of his relevant advanced numbers, like Usage Rate, Offensive Rating, Assist Percentage, and more. (You can do this for regular-season and playoff games.)

Here's a sample:

Rk G Date Age Tm Opp GS MP TS% eFG% ORB% DRB% TRB% AST% STL% BLK% TOV% USG% ORtg DRtg
1 1 2009-04-18 24-109 CLE DET W 1 40:52 .726 .675 0.0 25.4 14.5 37.8 1.5 0.0 0.0 35.8 155 106
2 2 2009-04-21 24-112 CLE DET W 1 37:55 .675 .571 3.3 39.0 21.4 39.7 0.0 0.0 8.5 30.0 140 93
3 3 2009-04-24 24-115 CLE @ DET W 1 42:44 .524 .474 5.2 26.6 15.3 56.5 4.0 3.8 7.7 30.5 112 73
4 4 2009-04-26 24-117 CLE @ DET W 1 40:39 .572 .417 3.6 37.3 21.6 40.7 2.8 1.7 6.0 42.3 130 87
5 5 2009-05-05 24-126 CLE ATL W 1 34:19 .710 .650 10.0 30.6 18.9 20.8 7.0 0.0 11.1 39.1 139 80
6 6 2009-05-07 24-128 CLE ATL W 1 31:10 .700 .750 0.0 9.1 6.0 31.9 7.2 2.4 0.0 29.3 156 90
7 7 2009-05-09 24-130 CLE @ ATL W 1 43:14 .733 .700 7.9 27.1 19.3 48.4 1.4 1.9 3.0 39.5 169 100
8 8 2009-05-11 24-132 CLE @ ATL W 1 43:25 .520 .477 0.0 21.1 10.9 44.1 1.4 0.0 10.4 33.2 116 92
9 9 2009-05-20 24-141 CLE ORL L 1 41:14 .712 .717 9.7 10.6 10.1 47.2 2.6 6.0 5.5 42.2 143 117
10 10 2009-05-22 24-143 CLE ORL W 1 42:32 .619 .543 7.3 6.1 6.6 26.3 1.3 0.0 17.5 38.5 113 113
11 11 2009-05-24 24-145 CLE @ ORL L 1 41:57 .532 .411 0.0 20.5 9.8 62.7 2.5 2.5 4.9 42.8 117 105
12 12 2009-05-26 24-147 CLE @ ORL L 1 49:24 .596 .517 2.6 31.9 16.5 30.0 1.0 2.6 17.8 42.0 106 113
13 13 2009-05-28 24-149 CLE ORL W 1 45:30 .572 .458 8.3 29.8 19.2 48.0 1.1 2.2 11.0 37.3 124 108
14 14 2009-05-30 24-151 CLE @ ORL L 1 44:53 .503 .450 2.4 17.3 9.2 28.3 0.0 2.1 10.8 30.2 104 120
Provided by Basketball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/24/2012.

Enjoy!

8 Comments | Posted in Advanced Stats, Announcement, Basketball-Reference.com, Features

Cool Play Index Event Finder Tricks

Posted by Neil on May 23, 2012

The Event Finders are an underrated set of Play Index tools:

Batting by Team / Pitching by Team
All-Star Batting / All-Star Pitching
Postseason Batting / Postseason Pitching

You might know that they allow you to search for individual plays matching certain criteria, but there are some tricks that even experienced PI users aren't aware of.

For instance, say I wanted to find the all-time career leaders in HR at Chase Field. You could get that using the Game Finder:

Rk Player #Matching PA AB H 2B 3B HR ▾ RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS SH SF IBB HBP GDP
1 Luis Gonzalez 87 Ind. Games 394 341 150 18 0 95 177 44 40 .440 .501 1.328 1.830 1 5 7 3 9
2 Steve Finley 75 Ind. Games 321 279 140 15 5 84 163 36 28 .502 .558 1.495 2.052 0 3 6 3 3
3 Chris Young 63 Ind. Games 282 255 101 12 0 67 114 23 52 .396 .445 1.231 1.676 1 2 2 1 3
4 Mark Reynolds 55 Ind. Games 230 203 97 11 2 60 114 25 54 .478 .539 1.438 1.978 0 0 2 2 2
5 Justin Upton 56 Ind. Games 243 216 108 12 3 57 108 21 38 .500 .539 1.375 1.914 0 4 2 2 2
6 Matt Williams 46 Ind. Games 207 193 86 8 1 48 94 13 23 .446 .478 1.244 1.722 0 1 3 0 2
7 Jay Bell 45 Ind. Games 207 178 89 10 3 47 93 23 25 .500 .559 1.382 1.941 3 1 0 2 1
8 Tony Clark 38 Ind. Games 142 129 65 4 2 43 73 13 26 .504 .549 1.566 2.115 0 0 5 0 1
9 Chad Tracy 41 Ind. Games 166 146 70 7 1 42 82 14 17 .479 .521 1.404 1.925 1 3 2 2 4
10 Shawn Green 29 Ind. Games 126 114 56 7 0 33 70 9 17 .491 .524 1.421 1.945 0 2 1 1 5
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Play Index Tool Used
Generated 5/23/2012.

But you can also get that using the Event Finder, searching for HR by all teams from 1998-2012 at Chase Field:

Luis Gonzalez	95
Steve Finley	84
Chris Young	67
Mark Reynolds	60
Justin Upton	57
Matt Williams	48
Jay Bell	47
Tony Clark	43
Chad Tracy	42
Shawn Green	33

And unlike the Game Finder method, you can also break it down into HR against lefties and righties:

vs RHP
Luis Gonzalez	74
Steve Finley	56
Chris Young	52
Mark Reynolds	44
Justin Upton	39
Jay Bell	36
Chad Tracy	36
Tony Clark	33
Matt Williams	27
Stephen Drew	24

vs LHP
Steve Finley	28
Luis Gonzalez	21
Matt Williams	21
Justin Upton	18
Mark Reynolds	16
Chris Young	15
Shawn Green	13
Junior Spivey	12
Eric Byrnes	12
Conor Jackson	11

Basically, you can split out the stats based on any of the red text items you see in the box on the page, including hit locations, bases occupied, score margin, and a lot more.

You can even get a composite stat line for all of the plays, so you can use this to find incredibly obscure splits like what left-handed DHs have hit in high-leverage situations at Jacobs Field over the past 3 seasons:

PA H 2B 3B HR BB BA OBP SLG OPS
263 59 14 0 11 28 0.260 0.342 0.467 0.809

Remember, you can do thins not only with teams in the regular season, but also the postseason, the All-Star Game, and for individual players as well.

4 Comments | Posted in Announcement, Baseball-Reference.com, Features, Play Index

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