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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.

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

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

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

June 14, 2011

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.