WFNY Stats & Info: Brandon Phillips was right about OBP (and analytics)

Brandon Phillips

Did you happen to catch Brandon Phillips’ comments about on-base percentage? If you didn’t catch the thought-provoking and forward-thinking musings of the current Red and former Tribe second baseman, he had a lot to say to USA TODAY. He took a Louisville Slugger to the advanced analytic establishment, and rightfully so, I might add! “I

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Cleveland Sports Championship Watch

J.R. Smith Cleveland Cavaliers

Sports fans and their accompanying websites become so wrapped up in the day-to-day happenings, stories, games, goings-on, quips, statements, and logo changes, that they often lose track of the big picture. It’s easy to become so focused on the details and the minutiae of the sports life cycle that the global perspective becomes lost entirely —

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Cleveland Sports Lists to Commemorate 2014: While We’re Waiting…

Cleveland Sports

To celebrate 2014, I’ve created five top-five lists for your enjoyment. I’ve had fun writing the While We’re Waiting editions on Thursdays this year. Who knows if I’ll do one on Christmas or New Year’s Day in the next two weeks … so I thought I’d commemorate some of the bests of the year in

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WFNY Stats & Info: Indians hot streak continues to 17-4

It’s been one amazing ride for the Cleveland Indians over the past few weeks. Heck, as TD wrote late last week, they should the man story in town. In honor of Sunday’s 6-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners, here are six positive tweet-worthy statistics from this impressive stretch. I’d encourage you to share them on

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The Diff: Kyrie Irving’s potential

Today marks the start of a new era: The Diff, where I’ll write lots and lots about sports stats. Kudos to friend and fantasy football semifinalist Marc Sugerman for coming up with the article name, a shoutout to the Q’s scoreboard. And thanks as always to Mike Brenkus for the design. For my first-ever edition

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WFNY Debate: Do NFL coaches even matter?

chudzinski

In case it hasn’t been clear yet, the WFNY writers email each other a lot. And I mean a lot. So on top of our two email-based roundtables already this week (post-Kelly rumors and post-Chudzinski hire), we bring you inside the famed Gmail inbox for a look at a Friday debate: This time, we’re talking

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Indians’ Struggles By The Numbers

Mario's Early Years - Fun With Numbers

Taking a page from Rick’s book today, I’m here with some illustrious stats about the Cleveland Indians. These aren’t the prettiest, so you might want to spare your kids from seeing these. -51 – Indians’ run differential this season, sixth-worst in MLB. The team with the sixth-worst record is Houston at 32-43 (.427). 12-3 (.800)

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On Justin Masterson, Again

Justin Masterson

If you forced me to guess, I would say that I’ve probably written more words about Justin Masterson than about any other human being on the face of the planet.  Which is kind of weird for me to acknowledge, considering I’ve written a freaking master’s thesis and am, as Denny would say, “allegedly educated”. But

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Cavaliers Live by the Three-Ball, if Just for One Night

Just one season ago, the Cleveland Cavaliers were being defeated by the three-point shot on what appeared to be a nightly basis. Whether it were the Los Angeles Lakers or Minnesota Timberwolves, the opposition drained the long-range shot with ease as the Wine and Gold allowed a league-worst 41.1 three-point field goal percentage. Compiling their

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Lou Marson Has the Secret to Justin Masteron’s Success…Kind of

While we continue to ponder the returns made on the CC Sabathia and Cliff Lee trades, Tribe ace Justin Masterson remains as the saving grace for what was otherwise a period of 20-cents-on-the-dollar-type deals. The ace who wasn’t quite such heading into this season has focused on his mechanics and coupled this with the faith

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Splitting the Difference: Part 1

The Cleveland Indians put up a .248/.322/.378 line in 2010.  Their .700 OPS ranked next to last in the American League, besting only the historically awful Seattle Mariners (.637). That’s not breaking news, I don’t think.  The Indians offense was hurt by injuries and poor performance across the board.  We scored only 646 runs last

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Cavaliers Continue Fourth-Quarter Routs

Over the last three contests, the Cleveland Cavaliers have provided the highest average of fourth-quarter points in the entire NBA. Let that marinate for a minute.  Without LeBron James, historically one of the best crunch-time players to ever play the game, the Cleveland Cavaliers are at the top of the league through said three-game time frame. 

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What’s Gotten into Matt LaPorta?

The best hitter on the Cleveland Indians not named Choo may only have one at-bat above the five-hole this season.  After a weekend series where he went 6-for-11 with two home runs (one of which was a monster shot to left field) and four RBI, Matt LaPorta’s bat may finally be paying the dividends Mark Shapiro anticipated when

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Brandon Phillips Trade Continues to Haunt Cleveland

When the Cleveland Indians and Cincinnati Reds lock up for interleague play, it is supposed to be the “Battle of Ohio.”  And while it’s always an entertaining subplot, the focus of many fans tends to turn to Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips – the former second-round selection whom the Indians traded for, only to ship

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SABR-Toothed Triber: Justin Masterson’s Regression

Just a few weeks back, I started to question how much longer Masterson could stay in the Indians’ rotation.  Early in the season, I knew it had the potential to get ugly, but I was all for sticking with him for the year to see if he could figure it out.  But each time Masterson

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SABR-Toothed Triber: Santana Leads the Indians in…EVERYTHING?

A few months back, I looked at Carlos Santana’s Minor League Equivalency numbers (MLEs).  Basically, MLEs convert a minor leaguer’s performance to the majors, adjusting for level of competition and home ballpark.  In honor of Santana’s callup to the majors tonight, I thought we’d take one more look at his MLEs for this year, to

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SABR-Toothed Triber: Branyan, Strikeouts, Value, and Hate

This week’s SABR piece is a shoutout to ESPN’s Chris Berman for discussing “Sabermatics” yesterday on Baseball Tonight.  You know, those new-fangled numbers the kids are talking about these days?  Also the ones that Jon Stenier has dropped on us for a few months now.  This week’s topic du jour? The Muscle. When the Indians

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SABR-Toothed Triber—Part 1: An Indians Introduction to wOBA

Over the course of the baseball season, WFNY will be providing you with a bit of a different look into the Cleveland Indians.  We can debate wins, losses and payroll economics ad nauseum – but what it all boils down to is the numbers.  And that’s where Jon Steiner comes in.  Formerly of Bugs and

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Cavs Second Half Defense Helps Top Rockets 108-83

A Cavaliers team that experienced one of its worst losses of the season on the road against the Houston Rockets decided to flip the script on their home court.  Efficient shooting, timely scoring and solid second half defense propelled the Wine and Gold to a substantial victory over the 18-win, and apparently tired Rockets to

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While We’re Waiting… Yankee Heartbreak, Penalty Kills and Winning a Ring for the King

While We’re Waiting serves as the early morning gathering of WFNY-esque information for your viewing pleasure. Have something you think we should see? Send it to our tips email in the sidebar. Try reading this article without wanting to punch someone or something.  Long-awaited birth? Five Long Years?  Is there such a thing? “It has

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