Fouls Committed in the NBA in 2007-08: Continuing the theme of foul data, Weak Side Awareness posted a list containing loose-ball, non-shooting, and shooting fouls committed by every player in the NBA in 2007-08.
Meals and default calls: Tangotiger had an interesting idea regarding Jerry Meals’ (apparent) blown call last night — umps should base calls on probability. If a runner is out 99% of the time in a given situation, the ump should err on the side of history — assume the out unless he can confirm a missed tag.
Using (Bad) Luck To Your Advantage: A Retrospective: Early in the season, Roto Hardball’s Michael Barr identified positive regression-to-the-mean candidates by comparing their xBABIPs to their actual BABIPs… Now he looks back at whether the predicted improvements actually happened.
Kinsler, Henderson, and the “Ideal Leadoff Man”: Rickey Henderson is typically considered the ideal leadoff man, but as Fangraphs’ Matt Klaassen writes, a player like Ian Kinsler can be a great leadoff man even if his style isn’t quite Henderson-esque.
Timing is everything for Georgia Tech: Georgia Tech’s option offense is so unique that they have a great built-in advantage when facing an opponent who only had 1 week to prepare. Unfortunately, as Josh Parcell of ESPN Stats & Info points out, the downside to this is that opponents who have longer to prepare fare much, much better against the Jackets.
Brad Lidge, Velocity and Trevor Hoffman: Fangraphs’ Eno Sarris writes about Brad Lidge — with his fastball dipping to 89 MPH, he needs his slider to be as sharp as, say, Hoffman’s change was if he wants to stay in the bigs.
Types of Fouls Committed & Drawn in the 2007 NBA: At Weak Side Awareness, some raw player data on fouls of various types (loose-ball, non-shooting, shooting) drawn and committed during the 2007 season.
Suns use history as reason to avoid rebuilding: The Suns conducted a study and found that teams who stalled at the Conference Finals, then tore up their roster, fared worse than teams who reloaded on the fly. At SI’s Point Forward, Zach Lowe attempted a quick check on their research.