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Statcast Slider Usage Studs and Duds for Week 20

Rolling xwOBA Risers/Fallers - Statcast Hitter Analysis (Week 20)

Statcast just keeps getting better. Rather than having to manually run searches with advanced filtering, a new feature has been added to display a rolling xwOBA leaderboard for both pitchers and hitters. In this series, we'll naturally focus on the hitters to see who is rising and falling over their past 50 plate appearances. We... Read More

2 weeks ago

Statcast Fastball Usage Studs and Duds for Week 19

Welcome back to RotoBaller’s pitchers advanced stats and StatCast studs and duds article series! Each week we will select an advanced stat, choose two studs and two duds, and analyze what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. This week I will be using Statcast's pitch arsenal tab to look at starters' four-seam fastball... Read More

2 weeks ago

Statcast Pitcher Studs and Duds: Hard-Hit Rate for Week 18

Welcome back to RotoBaller’s pitchers Statcast studs and duds article series! Each week we will select an advanced stat, choose two risers and two fallers, and analyze what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. This stat is one that is similar to one I have written about before (exit velocity), and that stat... Read More

4 weeks ago

xSLG Risers - Statcast Hitter Analysis (Week 18)

Two full weeks have now passed since the Midsummer Classic. It's not a big sample size but we can look at some early second-half trends to see who is turning it up a notch after the All-Star break. Expected stats don't tell the whole story of a player's success but they often are more revealing... Read More

4 weeks ago

Pitcher Studs and Duds - BABIP for Week 17

Welcome back to RotoBaller’s pitchers risers and fallers article series! Each week we will select an advanced stat, choose two risers and two fallers, and analyze what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. I wrote about this stat early in the season, but it is worth revisiting now that we have much more... Read More

1 month ago


Barrel Risers & Fallers - Statcast Hitter Analysis (Week 17)

It's been a while since we looked at the Barrel leaderboard, so let's go back to this telling metric. For a detailed explanation of what makes a Barrel so valuable, click here to revisit my first article on the matter. Many of the leaders have maintained their status, such as Gary Sanchez, Mike Trout, Joey Gallo,... Read More

1 month ago

Starters WAR Studs and Duds: Week 16

Welcome back from the All-Star break to RotoBaller’s pitchers advanced stats and StatCast studs and duds article series! Each week we will select an advanced stat, choose two studs and two duds, and analyze what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. This "week" has been a shorter one given the break, so I... Read More

1 month ago

Statcast First-Half Overachievers (Hitters)

The second half of the 2019 fantasy baseball season is upon us. Before we get too deep into pennant races, let's take this opportunity to reflect on some first-half performances that could be telling of future fortune, or in this case, misfortune. Last week, we looked at Expected Statistic Underachievers to try to find buy-low candidates.... Read More

1 month ago

Pitcher Advanced Metrics Studs and Duds First Half Recap

Welcome back to RotoBaller’s pitchers advanced stats and StatCast studs and duds article series! Each week we have selected an advanced stat, chosen two studs and two duds, and analyzed what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. We have covered both Statcast and Fangraphs metrics to help identify hidden value as well as... Read More

2 months ago

Statcast First-Half Underachievers (Hitters)

As the first half wraps up and we are left pondering who will flip the switch in the second half, it's only rational that we look at the players who have underachieved most. We've already seen examples of players who have started to turn their luck around (Danny Jansen anyone?), so there is definitely credence... Read More

2 months ago


xBA vs Shift - Statcast Hitter Studs and Duds (Week 14)

We've looked plenty at expected stats already, so let's switch things up a bit in this iteration of Statcast studs and duds. This time, we will examine the xBA of hitters who repeatedly face shifts or strategic defensive alignments. Typically, power hitters are subjected to the shift because of their high pull tendencies. Teams also... Read More

2 months ago

Relievers Swinging-Strike Rate Studs and Duds: Week 14

Welcome back to RotoBaller’s pitchers advanced stats and StatCast studs and duds article series! Each week we will select an advanced stat, choose two studs and two duds, and analyze what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. We have spent most of our time focusing on starters throughout the season, so this week... Read More

2 months ago

ERA-SIERA Studs and Duds for Week 13

Welcome back to RotoBaller’s pitchers advanced stats and StatCast studs and duds article series! Each week we will select an advanced stat, choose two studs and two duds, and analyze what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. I wrote an article about SIERA in week 6 and this week am going to build... Read More

2 months ago

Exit Velocity Risers/Fallers - Statcast Hitter Studs and Duds (Week 13)

There's no need to explain exit velocity here, as you are likely well aware of its function and description by now. Followers of this weekly column will remember the Week 7 iteration where we first examined exit velocity leaders. We know that hitters who make hard contact are more apt to collect extra-base hits and it... Read More

2 months ago

Statcast Changeup Movement Profiles for Week 12

Welcome back to RotoBaller’s pitchers advanced stats and StatCast studs and duds article series! Each week we will select an advanced stat, choose two studs and two duds, and analyze what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. This will be my second installment using Statcast's new pitch movement tab to look at pitchers'... Read More

2 months ago


xwOBA Leaders - Statcast Hitter Studs and Duds (Week 12)

Today, we will revisit xwOBA to find out who is putting together strong at-bats though Statcast's idea of contact quality as well as plate discipline. I will highlight players who are either vastly outperforming or underachieving on their wOBA compared to expected stats. As a reminder, xwOBA utilizes exit velocity, launch angle and, on certain... Read More

2 months ago

Statcast Pitcher Studs and Duds - Exit Velocity for Week 11

Welcome back to RotoBaller’s pitchers Statcast studs and duds article series! Each week we will select an advanced stat, choose two risers and two fallers, and analyze what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. This stat is one that we used earlier in the season (see Week 4) but is particularly useful for... Read More

2 months ago

Hit Distance Leaders - Statcast Hitter Studs and Duds (Week 11)

We're taking another deep dive into the Statcast data this week to find hidden power and to determine whether certain power hitters are legit. In this edition of Statcast Hitter Analysis, we will examine the leaderboard for average hit distance. In this case, the data will interpret the distance of all batted ball events, not... Read More

3 months ago

Statcast Pitcher Studs and Duds - wOBA-xwOBA Difference for Week 10

Welcome back to RotoBaller’s pitchers Statcast studs and duds article series! Each week we will select an advanced stat, choose two studs and two duds, and analyze what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. My first article in this series involved expected weighted on-base average (xwOBA) against and I hinted that we could... Read More

3 months ago

Hard-Hit Leaders - Statcast Hitter Studs and Duds (Week 10)

In the latest edition of Statcast Studs and Duds for offense, we're going to shorten the range of outcomes. I will look at leaders in hard-hit balls over the past month only. Also, rather than simply isolating Hard% as a metric, I am looking at the total leaders in batted ball events that qualify as... Read More

3 months ago


Statcast Curveball Movement Profiles for Week 9

Welcome back to RotoBaller’s pitchers advanced stats and StatCast studs and duds article series! Each week we will select an advanced stat, choose two studs and two duds, and analyze what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. For this week we will use Statcast's new pitch movement tab to look at pitchers' curveball... Read More

3 months ago

xSLG Leaders - Statcast Hitter Studs and Duds (Week 9)

For this week's iteration of Statcast Studs and Duds, it's back to the expected stats. This time, we'll look at slugging percentage by comparing players' Expected Slugging (xSLG) to their actual Slugging (SLG) rates. For those unfamiliar with this metric, Expected Slugging Percentage (xSLG) is formulated using exit velocity, launch angle and, on certain types of... Read More

3 months ago

Barrel Leaders - Statcast Hitter Studs and Duds (Week 8)

We're back to revisit Barrels this time but with a slight twist. Back in Week 4, I looked at players at the very top and bottom of the Statcast leaderboard for Barrels per Plate Appearance. To check out that analysis and a detailed explanation of what makes a Barrel so valuable, click here. To differentiate... Read More

3 months ago

Statcast xSLG Studs and Duds for Week 7

Welcome back to RotoBaller’s pitchers advanced stats and StatCast studs and duds article series! Each week we will select an advanced stat, choose two studs and two duds, and analyze what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. The next stat we will use is one that utilizes exit velocity and launch angle to... Read More

3 months ago

Exit Velocity Leaders - Statcast Hitter Studs and Duds (Week 7)

For this week's Statcast Hitter Analysis, we're going back to where it all started and revisiting exit velocity. So far, we've also looked at barrels, sweet spot rate, xwOBA, and xBA. With a larger sample size, the exit velocity leaderboard can be very telling. In our earlier iteration, names like Daniel Vogelbach, Renato Nunez, J.D.... Read More

3 months ago


SIERA Studs and Duds for Week 6

Welcome back to RotoBaller’s pitchers advanced stats and StatCast studs and duds article series! Each week we will select an advanced stat, choose two studs and two duds, and analyze what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. The next stat we will use is one that has been highly useful in terms of... Read More

4 months ago

xBA-BA Leaders - Statcast Hitter Studs and Duds (Week 6)

This week, we're going back to the basics to look at batting average. Of course, with Statcast we are able to dig deeper than that and look at how hitters are either underperforming or overperforming by comparing their averages to expected stats, or xBA in this case. Expected stats for an all-encompassing stat like average... Read More

4 months ago

Statcast Pitcher Studs and Duds - Launch Angle (Week 5)

Welcome back to RotoBaller’s pitcher studs and duds article series! Each week we will select an advanced stat, choose two top performers and two underperformers, and analyze what those stats could mean for future fantasy output. The next stat we will use is one that has become immensely popular and important with the advent of... Read More

4 months ago

Sweet Spot % Leaders - Statcast Hitter Studs and Duds (Week 5)

In this week's version Statcast Risers and Fallers for Hitters, we're going to examine a newer metric called Sweet Spot percentage. It may seem like a simple colloquialism but Statcast now measures how frequently a batter truly hits the sweet spot, at least according to ideal launch angle. Simply put, this stat measures any batted-ball... Read More

4 months ago

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