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Utilizing Brooks Baseball, Part Two: Hitting

Welcome to the second half of my series on Brooks Baseball and how it can make you a better fantasy baseball player! In Part One, we looked at how we can use the site to better analyze pitchers, and today we move on to the hitters. While I certainly use Brooks more for pitchers, it can be a very beneficial tool for hitters, too. You can learn a great deal about their strengths, weaknesses, and trends. The Super Bowl is history and it's time to start thinking fantasy baseball. Leagues are already forming at…

Sabermetric Series, Part 4: ERA Estimators

Welcome to Part 4 of this Sabermetric Series, where we will be moving from hitters to pitchers. We're going to start with the basics and look into the benefits of using various ERA estimators. We'll go over a whole bunch of fun acronyms, such as: LOB% K-BB% FIP xFIP SIERA ERA-/FIP-/xFIP- OK, so why all these random letters? What's wrong with good ol' ERA (acknowledging that they, too, are just letters)? Well, ERA lets us know a pitcher's past results, but it doesn't tell us if those results are…

Sabermetric Series, Part 3: Plate Discipline

Welcome to Part 3 of this Sabermetric Series. In previous installments, we discussed a batter's quality of contact, batted ball distribution, familiarized ourselves with various metrics, and applied those things to player splits. Previous Installments Sabermetric Series, Part 1: Quality of Contact and Batted Balls Sabermetric Series, Part 2: Applying Metrics to Splits In this edition, we round out hitters by taking a look at their plate discipline. Plate discipline is important because it can help you discern…