Posted by Mike Lynch on May 26, 2017
When we launched our new site three months ago, one of the casualties was the neutralized stats tables we printed on player pages. Those tables were originally built using code that had grown increasingly unwieldy and were not something we'd be able to adequately maintain moving forward. That said, we're happy to announce that we have rebuilt these tables and added new features, as well.
If you're unfamiliar with this feature, a good place to start would be this primer on neutralized stats. The basic concept is that the game has changed substantially over the years and in various ballparks, so we adjust all player seasons into a neutral context. This is useful when trying to gain perspective on batters at Coors Field or in The Year of the Pitcher, for instance. We also have options where you can view any player's stats converted to a particular ballpark for a specific year. So you could see what Babe Ruth would have looked for playing in Coors Field in 2000, for instance.
To view neutralized statistics for a given player, start at their player page. Let's use Mike Trout as an example. On his player page, locate the area that says "Mike Trout Overview" which is highlighted in red. Further down that bar is a dropdown that reads "Finders & Advanced Stats." Hover over that dropdown and click on "Advanced Stats" in the batting section. Doing so will take you here. The final table on that page (before you reach appearances on leaderboards) is titled Neutralized Batting. This is where you can view Trout's neutralized statistics (also seen below).
Additionally, you'll notice a link atop the table reading "Adjust to Different Run-Scoring Environments." This link will lead you here, where you can experiment and see what Trout's numbers would look like in a variety of different settings. For instance, you can see that, as of May 25, 2017, Trout would be a career .376 hitter if playing in the run scoring environment of the 2000 Rockies. Or a .281 hitter in the environs of the 1968 Dodgers.
Perhaps you're seeking even more context, though. With our newest tool, you can now compare whole sets of players in various run scoring environments. This is because we've added Neutralized Stat Finders to the Play Index. This new set of tools, which does not require a Play Index subscription for use, is comprised of the Neutralized Player Batting Finder and the Neutralized Player Pitching Finder. These allow you to look up things like the follow:
We hope you enjoy playing around with this restored and improved feature. Please let us know if you have any questions or comments