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August 19, 2011

Brandon Morrow On The Way To A Historic Season: From Bluebird Banter, a look at Brandon Morrow’s remarkable double play-free 2011 season (in the course of 132.7 IP and 569 batters faced, he has induced exactly zero double plays).

August 16, 2011

Yunel Escobar is the best shortstop in the American League: THT’s Chris Lund writes about Escobar’s transformation into an elite SS.

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August 12, 2011

Sign Stealing, the Jays and So-Called ‘Cheating’ in Baseball: At Grantland, Jonah Keri looks for evidence that the Jays stole signs… or that it even matters (from a performance or ethical perspective).

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July 28, 2011

Rasmus The Blue Jay: THT’s Jeffrey Gross projects what Rasmus’ future might hold, now that he’s been traded to Toronto.

July 25, 2011

The most average team: THT’s Dave Studeman points out that, by several measures of “averageness”, the Blue Jays have been almost perfectly .500 all season long.

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July 15, 2011

Jose Bautista’s Historic Pace: Fangraphs’ Eric Seidman puts Jose Bautista’s scorching 1st half WAR performance in historical perspective.

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July 14, 2011

Debunking the AL MVP Narratives: Adrian Gonzalez has been outstanding, Eric Seidman writes at Fangraphs, but there’s no way to vote him MVP over Jose Bautista without illogically crediting each player for the quality of their teammates.

July 13, 2011

The Joe Carter Takedown: Perhaps no player’s legacy has been damaged as much by new sabermetric insights as Joe Carter’s. Here, The Tao of Stieb explains why.

July 5, 2011

Bautista Dangerous On Outer Third, Too: Scary observation by David Golebiewski of Baseball Analytics — Jose Bautista has adjusted to become dangerous on pitches that catch the plate’s outer ⅓ as well.

June 30, 2011

Jo-Jo Reyes Actually Doesn’t Stink: Bluebird Banter’s Jesse F. can’t believe it, but after working through a league-average ERA expectation for his context, he found that Reyes (while not average) is actually not a sub-replacement-level pitcher.

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June 23, 2011

Birds of a Different Feather: Jays hitters have the biggest OPS platoon split of any team, BP’s R.J. Anderson points out.

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June 17, 2011

Is Kyle Drabek’s Lack of Control Caused by Trying to be Too Perfect?: From Beyond the Box Score, pitch data and PITCHf/x charts that shed light on Drabek’s wildness.

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Jose Bautista’s June Swoon: Bill Chuck of Baseball Analytics uses heat maps to examine the underlying reasons for Bautista’s June cool-down.

June 6, 2011

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.

June 1, 2011

Quiz results: Bautista bombs: How many home runs THT readers think Jose Bautista will end up with.

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May 25, 2011

Why Can’t Pitchers Deal with Jose Bautista by Throwing Outside and Giving Him Nothing to Pull?: BtB’s garik16 examines how Bautista has been able to turn a weakness into a strength.

The beauty of Bautista: At Baseball Analytics, Bill Chuck has Jose Bautista heat maps showing that his out zones and HR zones are basically the same areas.

May 24, 2011

Jose Bautista Really Hits Well In Rogers Centre: A 2010 spray chart for Bautista at home, via Justin Bopp and BtB.

Keeping Score: Bautista’s Stats Approach Those of the Greats: At the NY Times, Dan Rosenheck compares Jose Bautista’s start to 2011 ranks among historical hot streaks.

May 20, 2011

Is Jose Bautista’s Leap Unprecedented?: Has anyone ever done what Jose Bautista is doing over the past 2 seasons? Fangraphs’ Eric Seidman investigates.

May 18, 2011

The Bautista Index: Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports argues for Bautista being the best hitter by using the “Bautista Index” — that’s runs produced (R + RBI – HR) per game, if you’re curious.

May 17, 2011

Bautista and hits to left field: Mat Kovach of THT lists the outcome frequencies of Jose Bautista’s batted balls to left.

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May 16, 2011

Jose Bautista’s 2011 and Barry Bonds’ 2001: A Comparison: Even more Bautista! This time, a Roto Hardball post comparing his 2011 to Barry Bonds’ 2001, through 32 games. Get this — Bautista comes out on top. Easily.

The Evolution of Jose Bautista (In Graph Form): More Bautista analysis, this time from Jacob Peterson of BtB.

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Jose Bautista Is a Massive Bargain: Dave Cameron of Fangraphs writes about how good Toronto’s five-year, $65 million Bautista extension looks now.

May 2, 2011

Forecasting the Dominance of Kimbrel, Venters: Marc Hulet of Fangraphs compares Jonny Venters and Craig Kimbrel to Duane Ward and Tom Henke.

April 29, 2011

Predicting the Next Jose Bautista: Part I, Explaining HR Change: Bill Petti of BtB looks for ways to predict abrupt power surges.

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April 26, 2011

Jose Bautista Adjusting to the Changeup Jose Bautista is hitting changeups harder than last season, writes Jonathan Scippa of Baseball Analytics.

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April 25, 2011

Is Jose Bautista the Best Hitter in the AL?

With an assist from ZiPS, that’s the question on Dave Cameron’s mind at FanGraphs. Link

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