Game 79, Mariners at Tigers
Fister vs Scherzer, 4:05 pm.
One of the criticisms of this blog that we hear most frequently is that all of our analysis is just fancy pants math, and that those who actually play the game don’t have any use for this crap. Don’t tell that Max Scherzer, the kid who is taking the hill for Detroit tonight. In this article, Scherzer talks about how his brother got him turned onto sabermetrics, and how he uses Pitch F/x and things like FIP and xFIP to evaluate how well he’s pitching between start. It’s not just for player valuation anymore – the places these new types of analysis are going are actually helping the players on the field. Exciting stuff.
Also, if you haven’t yet, watch this video – it is one of the coolest uses of Pitch F/x data you will ever see.
Jack Wilson, SS