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Revisit the posts on Jordy Mercer’s OLIVER defensive rating

In my recent article on Jordy Mercer’s bat, I referenced an article from the past that projected Jordy Mercer’s defense to be outstanding enough to make him very valuable despite the weak bat he was showing at the time. I have since found the article I was talking about and the discussion of it on BucsDugout. Here is the BucsDugout discussion begun by WHYG Zane Smith. Here is the FanGraphs article that he linked to that mentions Jordy Mercer and his OLIVER projection. OK, now I can sleep better knowing I didn’t leave a phantom reference. :)

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Celebrate the 1986 Mets Championship

In 1986, the New York Mets made the Big Apple turn all of their attention to Shea Stadium through their sheer talent, fun-loving attitude and swagger. This rare combination catapulted them to a World Series Championship and allowed them to "Make the Dream Work".

Dave Allen at The Baseball Analysts provides this graph of projected wins for NL East teams per the...

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Dave Allen at The Baseball Analysts provides this graph of projected wins for NL East teams per the various systems. 75-80 wins is the general consensus and all but one system projects 4th place. Trying hard to remain objective, 80-85 wins is my prediction.

Lousy Lineup Optimizer: Pittsburgh Pirates

An optimized batting order only gains a team 5 to 15 runs a year, but to buy those marginal runs on the current free agent market usually costs a team from two to seven million dollars. This is the third post in an occasional series going through some of those bad 2009 offenses and optimizing their batting orders. This article deals with the 2009 Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Nationals Get One Right: The Ryan Zimmerman Deal

How good or bad is Ryan Zimmerman's 5-year, $45 million dollar deal with the Nationals?

Easter Monday

Here aer some Monday thoughts and links on recent studies of players' states of origin, pitcher performance by times through the batting order, and recent comparisons of projection systems, the 2009 UZR leaders, along with a "last chance" to make suggestions for my batter platoon project.

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