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August 26, 2011

More Chernoffs: THT’s Kevin Lai ran “Chernoff Faces” (face-style graphics that allow multivariable data to be displayed in a single diagram) on the top 50 fWAR hitters of 2011.

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August 25, 2011

The Decade’s Best and Worst Offensive Teams in Europe’s Top Leagues: Chris Anderson pays graphical tribute to the European teams that scored the most (and least) goals in a season over the past 10 years.

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About time!: Clay Davenport writes about presenting postseason odds in graphical form.

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August 24, 2011

Graph of the Day – A Decade of Offensive Production in the Premier League: Soccer By The Numbers’ Chris Anderson graphed the average goals per match each season (since 2001/02) for each EPL club.

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Visualizing 2011 Draft Spending: Fangraphs’ Reed MacPhail graphs team-by-team spending in June’s MLB draft.

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August 22, 2011

Shot Target Visualization: Here are a couple of awesome visualizations from Arctic Ice Hockey’s Gabe Desjardins — shot frequency by target location, and shooting percentages in each area of the net.

August 17, 2011

Defensive Performance in the Top 4 European Football Leagues during the 2010/11 Season: Soccer By The Numbers’ Chris Anderson posts team defensive metrics/graphs from Europe’s Big Four leagues in 2011.

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Bullpen Shutdowns/Meltdowns: » Gas House Graphs presents every team’s ratio of Shutdowns to Meltdowns in handy graphical form.

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When batters swing, and when they don’t: At THT, Josh Weinstock graphs pitcher and batter behavior based on the count.

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Hurt (and Helped) by the Defense: BtB’s Adam Darowski wants to know which historical pitchers were helped — and hurt — the most by the fielders behind them.

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Why are Batters Hit by Pitches?: BP’s Mike Fast investigates the factors that determine whether a pitch hits a batter.

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The Yankees vs. the five major pitch types: From The Yankee Analysts’ Larry Koestler, a graphical look at how New York has hit against fastballs, sliders, cutters, curveballs, and changeups each year since 2007.

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Perkins’ Improvements: At Fangraphs, Lucas Apostoleris looks at the PITCHf/x data driving Glen Perkins’ improved performance in 2011.

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August 16, 2011

Carlos Gonzalez, God On The Mountain?: From Athletics Nation, a thorough examination of the Coors Field effect as it relates to Carlos Gonzalez’ home/road splits. Is there reason to believe CarGo enjoys a bigger benefit from Coors than the average player?

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Making the Most of Their Hacks in 2011: WOBA/swing leaders — and trailers — for 2011, courtesy of BtB’s Bill Petti.

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August 15, 2011

A Graphical Look at Turnovers ($): BP’s Dan Feldman plots how teams and players performed in terms of taking care of the basketball (or not) last season.

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Peter Bourjos has them covered: At ESPN Los Angeles, Mark Simon writes about BIS’ defensive metrics, and how highly Peter Bourjos ranks in them.

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August 10, 2011

Four Decades of Super Bowl Quarterbacks: From the blog Slip and Tackle, an infographic (and accompanying data) regarding Super Bowl quarterbacks.

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August 9, 2011

Flyers Shot Locations: Individual Breakdowns: JP Nikota of Broad Street Hockey charted the road shot locations for each member of the 2011 Flyers. (Why road locations? Because home-rink scorer bias can taint home shot-location data.)

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Cheap Wins vs. Tough Losses: BtB’s Adam Darowski flips around his post on Tough Losses from last week and looks at pitchers with the most “Cheap Wins”.

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August 8, 2011

Football Factories – Where does talent come from?: On Football’s Sarah Rudd looks at which youth teams produce the most talent capable of playing in the Premier League.

August 5, 2011

Shots and Goals In the Big 4: Offensive Performance Across Leagues in 2010/11: Soccer By The Numbers’ Chris Anderson put all 78 teams from Europe’s Big Four leagues in the same graph, and charted various offensive production metrics.

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August 4, 2011

Who Gets the Scoop? Number of Correct, First Reported Deals in July: BtB’s Dave Gershman compiled his “Scoop Standings’ for the trade deadline — which reporters were on top of deals first?

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Beautiful Theories and Ugly Facts: Here’s a re-run of a 2006 Dan Fox BP article about the factors that drive league-wide HBP rates.

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August 3, 2011

Visualizing Edwin Jackson’s Trade History: Fangraphs’ Steve Slowinski posts an interesting visualization that combines Jackson’s transactions and production over time.

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Tough Losses: BtB’s Adam Darowski posted a graphic illustrating what percentage of the losingest pitchers’ losses were “tough losses” (7+ IP, ER<=3).

August 2, 2011

History’s H/9 Leaders – An Eclectic and Interesting Bunch: BtB’s Adam Darowski takes you on a tour of the pitchers with the all-time lowest H/9 IP ratios.

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July 29, 2011

UZR Outfielder Components, 2006-2010: In a neat graph from Beyond the Box Score’s Justin Bopp, see how many UZR runs the average OF receives from his range, arm, and ability to avoid errors.

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July 27, 2011

Jered Weaver BABIP Analysis: From Josh Weinstock and BtB, a very detailed analysis of Weaver’s PITCHf/x data.

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July 25, 2011

Bucketing Outcomes in Baseball (and Beyond): From BtB’s Bill Petti, here’s a great illustration of the roles played by skill, environment, and luck in various baseball outcomes.

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July 22, 2011

Why Being An Impure Point Guard Isn’t A Bad Thing: SBNation’s Tom Ziller discusses “pure” vs. “impure” point guards, and introduces a purity scale (with a chart) to quantify just how shoot-first or -last a given PG is.

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July 20, 2011

Are Crucial Games Slower Than Trivial Ones?: Research from Beyond the Box Score that asks — do teams slow down the pace of play when there is more at stake?

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A Zone of Their Own: A wealth of great pitch-data analysis by BP’s Mike Fast illuminates the constant struggle between batter and pitcher over control of the strike zone.

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July 18, 2011

Shot Distance “Leaders” in the 2010/11 EPL: Soccer By The Numbers’ Chris Anderson has written about Wigan’s long-distance shooting strategy before, but check out this graph if you were questioning how much of an outlier they really are.

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Surprise central: THT’s Harry Pavlidis graphs the NL Central race, and takes you though the division’s most interesting team PITCHf/x stats.

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Breaking Down The First 10,000 Wins Of The Braves Franchise: The Braves won their 10,000th game on Friday, so Beyond the Box Score’s Jacob Peterson crafted a few detailed timelines breaking down where and how all of those W’s came.

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July 14, 2011

Breaking Down Two Fastballs at FanGraphs: From Fangraphs, analyses of Felipe Paulino’s 4-seamer and Brian Wilson’s 2-seamer

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July 12, 2011

2 Cool Graphics at Beyond the Box Score: At BtB, check out graphics on the best short pitchers ever by WAR, and the pitchers who had the highest % of “true” quality starts since 2000.

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The Brewer Shortstop Problem™: Fangraphs’ Carson Cistulli reviews Milwaukee’s upgrade options at SS, including a neat trade-target chart that plots availability vs. talent.

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The Best (And Worst) Hitters At Making Pitchers Work: Which hitters are the best at wearing out opposing pitchers? BtB’s Jacob Peterson devised a new metric to measure exactly that.

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July 11, 2011

Playing a Full All-Star Game: A graphic from Flip Flop Fly Ballin’ shows just how rare it is for a player to play the entire All-Star Game in the last decade or so.

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Infographic – Derek Jeter Joins The 3,000 Hit Club: From the Huffington Post, a neat interactive graphic about the 3,000 Hit Club (now including Derek Jeter).

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July 8, 2011

2011 All-Star Game Lineup Comparison: BtB’s Justin Bopp compares the WAR of each league’s All-Star starting lineups.

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Is Volatility an Attribute? Player Volatility Part IV: BtB’s Bill Petti continues to study whether players can truly be “consistently inconsistent”.

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NL All-Star Lineup By The Numbers: Justin Bopp of BtB graphs the NL starting lineup’s component runs above replacement.

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July 5, 2011

Initial Poll Results: At Analytic Football, Ben Alamar charted some of the early returns on his poll about the future of sports analytics.

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2012 Positional Free Agents Set to Make Some Coin: Bill Petti of BtB graphs, then discusses, the 2012 free agents whose 2011 WAR performances should earn the biggest paydays.

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NL East update: A recap of the division in 2011 so far, courtesy of Brad Johnson and THT. Check out the Marlins in that graph!

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Book Review – Flip Flop Fly Ball: THT’s Kevin Lai offers his take on Craig Robinson’s new book.

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July 1, 2011

Has Alexi Ogando Hit The Wall?: Baseball Nation’s Jeff Sullivan dissects why Ogando’s stats are down so much recently… Is it velocity? Release point? Or something else?

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Where Are All the Runs At? Part III: BtB’s Bill Petti continues to refine his study regarding new pitchers and the decreased offensive environment of 2010-11. He concludes that the 2010 crop of newbies has been the most influential when it comes to the scoring decline.

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Swisher Surging: Baseball Analytics’ Jonathan Scippa takes you inside Nick Swisher’s recent hot streak.

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June 30, 2011

100 Greatest Wins Produced Players since 1978: At the Wages of Wins, Arturo Galletti posted a chart showing the leading players by total Wins Produced since 1978.

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Saves Aren’t Very Predictive, 2011 Edition: BtB’s Justin Bopp confirms what we all already knew — that there’s practically no relationship between a reliever’s FIP and his save total.

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June 28, 2011

Taking shape in the AL East: THT’s Lucas Apostoleris graphs the AL East’s standings have taken so far.

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Where All The Runs At? Part II: Beyond the Box Score’s Bill Petti takes a second look at whether the offensive decline has been due to an influx of great young pitchers in the past few years.

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June 27, 2011

Which sports do Democrats and Republicans like most?: A graphic from the National Journal showing the sports that skew toward each political party’s supporters, as well as the voter turnout of fans of each sport.

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June 23, 2011

Board Work: Since rebounding is the skill that translates best from college to the NBA, BP’s Dan Feldman graphs rebounding %s for the Draft prospects.

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Gardner’s coverage area: How much more area does Brett Gardner cover than the average LF? A graph from Tangotiger at The Book.

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Ike Davis & the Culpability of the Mets Medical Staff: Fangraphs’ Eno Sarris examines whether the Mets’ injury problems are the result of a systemic problem with their medical staff.

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Pythago-raphs: A graphical look at the pythagorean expectation, from Kevin Lai of THT.

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June 22, 2011

Most 6+ and 3+ WAR Seasons, Retired Non-Hall of Famers: From Adam Darowski, a look players who had the most MVP-caliber (6+ WAR) or “excellent” (3+ WAR) seasons without being enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

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Flip Flop Flyball Book: Just want to let everyone know that Craig Robinson, creator of so many great graphics at FlipFlopFlyball.com, has a new book out that’s based on his online artwork.

The best fastball you’ve never heard of: THT’s Josh Weinstock breaks down the PITCHf/x data on Tyler Clippard’s fastball, which has induced more whiffs than any other pitcher’s four-seamer in the last 3 years.

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Weaker Ramirez: At Baseball Analytics, David Pinto posted a graph that shows just how much Hanley Ramirez’s power has been sapped by back trouble this season.

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June 20, 2011

Winnipeg OZQoC Graphs: Arctic Ice Hockey’s Rob Vollman with a look at Offensive Zone Starts vs. Relative Corsi-based Quality of Competition for the ex-Thrashers/new Jets. Btw, Behind the Net is now Arctic Ice Hockey in honor of Winnipeg’s new team.

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General: Chartball: Check out this site that offers interactive charts and stat-based posters.

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Top 10 NBA Draft Busts: Hoopism has 10 infographics about the biggest busts in draft history.

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NL West – surprising showdown: THT’s Steve Treder talks about the state of the NL West, and charts each team’s games above/below .500 over the course of the season so far.

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June 17, 2011

Relationship of performance by days elapsed: At The Book Blog, Tango graphed the change in a player’s wOBA based on the amount of time elapsed.

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June 16, 2011

Infographic: Ranking The Rays’ Offense: Writing at DRaysBay, Steve Slowinski looks at which Rays hitters are producing the most — and least — relative to the league average.

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AL West: room at the inn: At THT, David Wade looks at the current state of the AL West, and the NL candidates to join the fold via realignment.

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June 15, 2011

Vogelsong Poetry: BP’s Mike Fast breaks down the PITCHf/x details on Ryan Vogelsong.

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June 14, 2011

Is Colby Rasmus Still a Pull Hitter?: Jeff Zimmerman of BtB uses batted-ball data to find the answer.

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Howard & Reyes: Bill Petti breaks down the wOBA by zone for Ryan Howard and Jose Reyes.

Visualizing Basketball Player Tracking Data: Using STATS LLC’s player (and ball) tracking data, Hoopism created an interactive 3D animation of an NBA game that shows where every person/object was on the court at a given time.

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June 13, 2011

Where Did Premier League Goals Come From in 2010/11?: Soccer By The Numbers’ Chris Anderson breaks down EPL goals by the circumstances under which they were scored.

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Final 2011 NBA Finals Series Win Probability Graph: At BBR, the final graph of the year details Dallas’ rise to 100% Finals win probability.

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The Blue Jays’ Draft Strategy: Toronto has been focusing on high school prospects recently, and Fangraphs’ Reed MacPhail has graphs showing just how much.

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MLB Total Hits Per Game: Down Across the Board: BtB’s Justin Bopp looks at the MLB-wide decline in hits per game (of all types).

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June 12, 2011

BBR Gets Ready For Game 6: From Basketball-Reference, a ranking of the best playoff players since 2003, as well as graphs showing the Mavs’ and Heat’s championship probabilities throughout the playoffs.

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June 10, 2011

Can You Win in MLS without a Big Man?: Sarah Rudd of On Football wonders how important a tall forward is to MLS success.

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2011 NBA Finals Series Win Probability After Game 5: An updated Finals win probability graph through Game 5 from Basketball-Reference’s Neil Paine.

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What Are the Biggest Rivalries in Baseball?: Steve Slowinski attempts to quantify the game’s top rivals at Fangraphs.

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2010 Rule 5 Drafted Pitchers in the Majors: Pitch Analysis: At BtB, garik16 analyzes the PITChf/x data from pitchers selected in the Rule V Draft.

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June 9, 2011

Pictures of the Day: Revenues in the Big Leagues: Chris Anderson of Soccer By The Numbers has graphs that compare football revenues in the big European leagues.

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Did Jason Thompson Really Get Better As Season Went On?: An inquiry from Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty.

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Ichiro’s Long, Slow Decline: A Graphic Journey: Justin Bopp of Beyond the Box Score with a handful of graphs that illustrate Ichiro’s decline over the years.

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June 8, 2011

2011 NBA Finals Series Win Probability After Game 4: An updated Finals win probability graph at Basketball-Reference.

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Blazers by the Numbers: 2010-11 : Django Radonich-Camp of the Portland Roundball Society recaps the Blazers’ stats from the 2011 season.

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Shaquille O’Neal: A Visual Retrospective: At Hoopism, a collection of graphical representations of the Big Fella’s career.

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The Bautista: A Visual Look at Homerun Paces: From Fangraphs’ Steve Slowinski – how Jose Bautista’s 2011 HR pace through 60 games compares to those of other big HR seasons.

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How Has Left-Handed Pitching Usage Changed?: BtB’s Chris St. John has graphs showing how the use of lefty pitchers has evolved since 1960.

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June 7, 2011

Predicting Playoff Success – Part Two: JLikens of Objective NHL looks at whether certain teams consistently underperform in the playoffs.

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Interactive Team Comparison Tool: Another neat tool at Beyond the Box Score — Bill Petti set up an interactive graph featuring 2011 team offensive and defensive indices.

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A Visual Historical Look at the MLB Draft: Also at BtB, Chris St. John presents an interactive graphing tool that allows you to slice and dice B-R draft data.

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June 6, 2011

Hollywood Career-o-Matic: This is non-sports, but definitely data-driven… Christopher Beam and Jeremy Singer-Vine of Slate Magazine used Rotten Tomatoes data to create a Hollywood Career-o-Matic tool that can map the career of any major actor or director from the last 26 years.

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2011 NBA Finals Series Win Probability After Game 3: From BBR, the NBA Finals win expectancy graph through 3 games.

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Here Comes Carl Crawford: At Fangraphs, Jack Moore traces Carl Crawford’s inevitable path back to his previous form.

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Jose Bautista: Patience and Power: At The Baseball Analysts, Dave Allen breaks down the pitch and batted-ball data on Bautista’s 2010-11 breakout.

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