The As Changed Baseball Once They May Be Changing It Again

Tigers144914481441-7-8 Brewers151015191515-4+5 White Sox145714371441+4-16 Pirates148314831493+10+10 Athletics149015281551+23+61 Blue Jays150714881480-8-27 Angels151015141511-3+1 Marlins144314491439-10-4 The well-traveled, and perhaps forgotten about, Jackson has given the A’s 60 quality innings this season — not bad for a guy playing on his 13th(!) MLB team. Jackson has done this by getting crafty: reducing the use of his fastball from 35.3 percent last season (47.9 percent for his career) to 16.2 percent this season.Among the changes Fiers has made since joining the A’s is creating more separation in height between his fastball and curveball, as Jeff Sullivan found for FanGraphs. He has a 1.47 ERA in three starts with Oakland.Saving more runsThe makeshift pitching staff is also aided by one of the best infield defenses in the game. That’s an effort led by Chapman.While Chapman is an excellent hitter, he’s the best third base defender in the game according to Defensive Runs Saved — and it’s not close. In fact, his 26 Defensive Runs Saved are the best in the game at any position. The next closest third baseman is Travis Shaw of Milwaukee with nine.Chapman leads an elite Oakland infield defense. According to DRS, the A’s also rank second in DRS at first base and eighth at shortstop in the majors. Moreover, Oakland trails only the Arizona in the difference between expected opponent batting average — based on opponent exit velocity — and actual opponent batting average. The A’s are getting to more ground balls and line drives relative to their infielder rivals. Phillies149015071496-11+6 Padres145514461444-2-11 Giants149415021490-12-4 Rays1495151915190+24 The A’s meteoric riseMajor league teams by change in Elo from the preseason and the All-Star Game, as of Aug. 22 Diamondbacks152315231536+13+13 Rockies150315101519+9+16 Royals145914081407-1-52 Twins151014941493-1-17 Mariners150815221507-15-1 Nationals154615221524+2-22 Rangers149714801492+12-5 Braves147415101519+9+45 Red Sox154915901602+12+53 Indians157615551566+11-10 Treinen also has a slider and cutter that baffle opponents. Cardinals152215081540+32+18 Mets149114641484+20-7 Dodgers156815601553-7-15 Cubs155815681543-25-15 TeamPreseasonAll-Star GameCurrentAll-Star GamePreseason EloChange from … Yankees156515891571-18+6 So how did the A’s get here? This isn’t another “Moneyball” story. The once-undervalued metric of on-base percentage is no longer baseball’s best-kept secret — and it’s not even an Oakland staple. The A’s have instead pursued different paths to become one of the better teams in the major leagues despite opening the season with the game’s lowest payroll.Keeping it in the airBecause fly balls and line drives are so much more valuable than ground balls, more and more individual players are trying to launch balls into the air. But the A’s have acquired, and ostensibly tried to develop, the skill at a teamwide level since 2013. As’s Mike Petriello found, the A’s have posted five of the eight lowest ground-ball seasons since 2004, including this season’s mark so far. Their average launch angle of 14.9 degrees leads baseball.3The MLB average is 11.7 degrees.While they have acquired fly-ball hitters like Jed Lowrie, Matt Joyce and Khris Davis, they have also developed anti-grounder sluggers in Matt Olson (2012 first-round pick) and Matt Chapman (2014 first-rounder). Lowrie told FiveThirtyEight that he never sat down with an A’s official to talk about his batted-ball profile, but the Stanford University product does use the technology available in the home batting cage for tracking his exit velocity and launch angle to fine-tune his swing.“My guess is they probably identify guys like that to try and acquire [the skill],” Lowrie said of the A’s front office. “It’s part of their calculus.”What on-base percentage was to the Moneyball A’s, fly-ball percentage is to this group of upstarts. That’s made them the league’s fourth-most efficient offense despite a near league-average on-base mark of .322.The A’s are also adapting to their environment. Lowrie notes that Oakland Coliseum is one of the most difficult places in the game to drive the ball, and while the A’s have the lowest ground-ball rate on the road in the majors at 37.8 percent, that rate spikes to 40.9 percent at home, good for eighth-lowest. While Lowrie says teammates Davis, Olson and Chapman can hit the ball “out of Yellowstone,” other A’s alter their approach depending on the ballpark environment. The A’s lead baseball in offensive efficiency on the road with 119 weighted runs created plus (wRC+), a stat that adjusts for park and run environment, with 100 representing league-average performance. But Oakland is only about average at home, with 96 wRC+.Lowrie noted that the A’s set a record for most consecutive road games with a home run this season4They hit at least one homer in 27 straight road games. and that they’ve done much more damage on the road. The Athletics rank 18th in the majors in home runs at home with 67, but they lead the majors in road homers with 106. They are one of the best road teams in baseball at 37-26.“We are playing on a [home] field that is below sea level, with swirling winds that are generally blowing in from right field,” Lowrie said. “We’ve pitched much better at home,” with a 3.32 home ERA vs. 4.30 on the road. “We’ve found different ways to win at home and on the road.”Always be closingThe early 2000s A’s rarely overpaid or valued relievers, believing them to be highly fungible. This Oakland team has the most dominant reliever in the game in Blake Treinen and has further bolstered its strong bullpen with trade acquisitions of Jeurys Familia (2.02 fielding-independent pitching, 19 strikeouts in 15 innings with the A’s) from the Mets and former Twins closer Fernando Rodney.Acquired as a buy-low target with a 5.73 ERA last July in a trade that sent Sean Doolittle and Ryan Madson to Washington, Treinen is second in the majors in relief WAR and owns a 1.00 ERA.While WAR may not be the optimum way to measure a reliever’s value, win probability added (WPA) accounts for the change in win expectancy between every plate appearance. According to WPA, Treinen has been the most valuable pitcher in baseball this season — ranking ahead of aces Max Scherzer, Jacob deGrom and Aaron Nola. His sinker leads the majors in whiffs per swing, and when put in play, it produces 4.6 ground balls for every fly ball. Per FanGraphs pitch values, it’s the fifth-best sinker in the majors. The pitch, with its combination of elite velocity and movement, can make opponents look foolish. The Moneyball A’s didn’t prize defense, fly balls or ace relievers, but this club does. While the formula is different than in the early 2000s, what remains the same is that the A’s are finding value where other clubs are not.Check out our latest MLB predictions. At midseason, the American League seemed decided. The number of tanking teams — some intentional efforts, some unintentional — combined with the AL’s super teams1The top four teams by run differential reside in the AL: the Red Sox, Astros, Yankees and Indians. were conspiring to strip the league of postseason races. The league’s playoff teams seemed all but set by the All-Star Game.But then the Oakland A’s came charging out of the baseball wilderness to give us some late-summer drama.After three consecutive last-place finishes, the Athletics began the year with a 16 percent probability of reaching the postseason and a 6 percent chance of winning the AL West. And just two months ago, they were as many as 11.5 games behind the reigning World Series champion Astros. But after winning 42 of their last 58 games entering Friday, the A’s have cut that deficit to 1.5 games, and they now have an 89 percent chance of advancing to the postseason and a 22 percent chance of winning the AL West.The surge is no fluke. Oakland has the game’s eighth-best run differential, at +94 runs, and has seen the greatest improvement in FiveThirtyEight’s team rating since the start of the season.2As of Aug. 22. Reds146514841474-10+9 Diversifying their pitchesWhile the A’s have a dominant star in the bullpen, the story is different in the rotation. In the early 2000s, the A’s had a trio of front-line starters in Barry Zito, Mark Mulder and Tim Hudson. This year’s A’s team has a rotation populated predominantly by reclamation projects like Trevor Cahill, Brett Anderson, Mike Fiers and Edwin Jackson. Without a legit ace — or even a household name — the A’s rank second to the Red Sox in pitching WPA.Signed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract in the winter, Cahill has become one of the biggest bargains in baseball in part by reducing the use of his fastball and generating more swing and miss with his slider, more than doubling its usage. Cahill has a 3.44 ERA, and his 2.1 WAR according to FanGraphs is the second-best mark of his career.Cahill had once been heavily dependent upon his sinker, but he told FiveThirtyEight that the A’s have given him “weighted pitch” data, which he’s used to diversity his overall pitch mix. For the first time since 2012, he has four above-average pitches, according to FanGraphs linear weights.“If you can throw four different pitches, and they are doing different things in the zone, it’s tough [for batters] to guess,” Cahill said.The A’s also have pitch-tracking Rapsodo technology for use in between appearances, which Cahill uses to monitor his release point and the underlying characteristics of his pitches — like spin rate — between starts.“I go look at my curveball and see if the spin rate is higher,” Cahill said. “I look at where I am releasing it.” Astros157715991585-14+8 Orioles147514221416-6-59 read more

Royal Navy close by in case of Emergency

first_img Update on the Tropics; System forecast to strengthen CSA Nominees revealed tomorrow Related Items:Department of Disaster Management, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux, UK Royal Navy Unified effort to help Fire Victims Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 28 Aug 2015 – The UK Royal Navy could be in the Turks and Caicos Islands within 24 hours if a storm hits. So says DDME Director, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux who told media at a press conference today that the Navy is “close by” in the Caribbean and on standby to provide rescue in the event of a national catastrophe. “We are in constant contact with the Royal Navy through the Governor’s Office and the FCO,” Clerveaux told media today.The ship is equipped to evacuate 1,600 persons at one time and supplied with enough food for one week. Nearly 200 officers from the Royal Naval were in the Turks and Caicos early August to conduct training and emergency assessment with the Department of Disaster Management.last_img read more

National Weather Service issues extended wind advisory through Friday night

first_img KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO ( KUSI ) – High winds will buffet the San Diego-area mountains and deserts Thursday evening and Friday, potentially causing driving hazards in some parts of the East County, forecasters advised Thursday.Due to the gusty conditions, the National Weather Service issued a wind advisory, effective through 9 p.m. Friday in the mountains and the deserts.Wind speeds are expected to range from 20 mph to 30 mph with gusts up 50 mph in those areas over the period, the weather service advised.Roadway visibility could be heavily affected by blowing dust and debris due to the winds, meteorologists cautioned. Drivers of large vehicles, such as motor homes and big rigs, were advised to be particularly wary of using desert roads, especially along Interstate 15 across the high desert. Categories: Local San Diego News, Weather FacebookTwitter National Weather Service issues extended wind advisory through Friday night June 20, 2019center_img Updated: 7:26 PM KUSI Newsroom Posted: June 20, 2019last_img read more

Rahul Gandhi refuses to continue as Congress chief asks party to find

first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/0:47Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:43?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Close Congress chief Rahul Gandhi.ReutersCongress president Rahul Gandhi said, “Party should decide on the new president quickly without further delay.” Gandhi also said that he is no longer the party president.”I have already submitted my resignation and I am no longer the party president,” Rahul Gandhi said.The Congress leader has asked the Congress Working Committee (CWC) to convene a meeting at the earliest and decide on who will be the next party president.Addressing reporters in the national capital, Rahul Gandhi spoke about the delay in the selection of the new Congress chief. Gandhi also clarified the fact that the next chief should not be from the Nehru-Gandhi family.It is an honour for me to serve the Congress Party, whose values and ideals have served as the lifeblood of our beautiful nation. I owe the country and my organisation a debt of tremendous gratitude and love.Jai Hind ??— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) July 3, 2019It was during May 25 meeting of the CWC when Rahul Gandhi decided to quit as the party chief. The meeting was called to analyse the Congress party’s poor performance in the 2019 national election, in which the party managed to grab just 52 seats. However, the CWC unanimously rejected his offer to quit the party.Rahul Gandhi took the job as the party’s top boss nearly a year and a half ago from his mother and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi.It seems that the Congress leader has made up his mind and is adamant on resigning as the party chief. Though the Congress chief has made his decision after the party’s crushing defeat in the recently concluded general elections, party leaders are still planning to ask him to reconsider the matter.center_img Caught on Cam: Haryana Congress leader Vikas Chaudhary shot dead in Faridabadlast_img read more

GES 2017 Lakshmi Manchu to address the panel before Ivanka Trump

first_imgLakshmi ManchuFacebookLakshmi Manchu has been invited to be a panellist at Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 (GES2017), where she will address the audience before Ivanka Trump, the daughter of US President Donald Trump.It is well known that Global Entrepreneurship Summit 2017 is being held in Hyderabad between November 28 and 30, and Ivanka Trump is heading the United States delegation to the event.The focus of the summit will be supporting women entrepreneurs and fostering economic growth globally.The latest we hear is Lakshmi Manchu has been selected as one of the panellists at GES2017. Idlebrain Jeevi‏, a noted film critic and observer of the Telugu film industry, revealed the news on his Twitter page.He tweeted: “Actress, Producer @LakshmiManchu is invited to be a panelist at a meeting being organised on the sidelines of #GES2017 at HICC on Nov 28th. This is one of the most prestigious panel as part of #GES series.She is going address the panel before @IvankaTrump.”Lakshmi Manchu is a noted actress, producer and women entrepreneur — one of the leaders in her field from the Telugu states. Though she is the daughter of veteran actor Mohan Babu, her journey to fame was not easy. Having started her career with English movies in the US, she was subjected to a lot of discrimination and struggle.Lakshmi Manchu is a great example of successful women entrepreneurs. Her selection as a panellist is a decision by the organisers of GES2017 that is being welcomed by many.It is also a special honour for the actress-turned-producer. She is going to be one of the only personalities from the Telugu film industry to address the panel after mega power star Ram Charan.last_img read more

Hasina terms Khaledas Coxs Bazar visit festive

first_imgPM HasinaPrime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday deplored the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson Begum Khaleda Zia for her “festive and luxurious” visit to Cox’s Bazar in the name of seeing the woes of the Rohingyas.Responding to a question from female parliament member Fazilatun Nesa Bappi in the Jatiya Sangsad, the prime minister said Khaleda Zia’s jubilant and colourful journey with hundreds of motor vehicles, drums and elephants made the people confused whether she went there to attend any matrimony or see the condition of the Rohingya people.“Khaleda Zia’s visit to Cox’s Bazar was seemed to be showdown of her party and they have concentrated on that side,” the premier said, reports BSS.Hasina also blasted Begum Zia for her remarks that the government failed to send back the Rohingyas to Myanmar and carry out relief operation among them.Sheikh Hasina said historically the BNP has no record of standing beside the people during their bad days. She recalled the influx of Rohinghyas in Bangladesh in 1991 saying at that time Awami League reached Cox’s Bazarmuch ahead of the then BNP government to support the Rohingyas.Sheikh Hasina said the Awami League always stands beside people out of its sympathy towards people as part of party’s political commitment which is different from the BNP and Jamaat.The prime minister also said Khaleda Zia has many histories of failure. She failed to foil the election, overthrow the government, wage movement and finally to win in the court to keep occupying her cantonment residence.This is why she always sees failure of the government in everything, the Sheikh Hasina said.last_img read more

FEMA Opens Four Recovery Centers In Harris County To Help Flood Survivors

first_imgListen X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /01:15 Al OrtizDante Jones (right) receives assistance from FEMA representative Paul McFarlane (left) at the disaster recovery center the agency has opened in the Greenspoint area.The Federal Emergency Management Agency, FEMA, has opened four disaster recovery centers in Harris County to help victims of last month’s floods.The recovery centers are located in west Houston, the Greenspoint area, Spring and Cypress.Although flood survivors can register with FEMA by phone or online, they can also do it at these centers.The advantage of going in person is that they receive face-to-face information and advice.Besides grants for temporary housing and home repairs, the assistance can also include coverage of uninsured property losses and low-cost loans.“The key question is: Were you affected, what county were you affected in, what was your loss, what was your family size, so forth, what is the needs? And then we walk you through the type of assistance that we can help you with, along with SBA and all the other partners around here,” explains Paul Timmons, a liaison with FEMA for the Houston area and Harris County.So far, FEMA has received more than 10,000 applications from Harris County residents.Shauentray Jones is a Houston resident who is looking for help. She has three small children and used to live in one of the Greenspoint apartment complexes that got flooded.Jones works at a restaurant, but says she has lost everything and her only desire at this moment is to get back to normal.“I just need to get me and my family back to where we were. That’s all I’m asking for. I don’t want nothing else, just get me back to where I was before the flood,” she said. The recovery centers are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m to 6 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.In addition to FEMA representatives, personnel from the U.S. Small Business Administration, SBA, as well as from the state of Texas are also available at these centers. Sharelast_img read more

Most Links Between Personality Traits and Life Outcomes Are Replicable Study Shows

first_imgPrior to conducting the study, Soto preregistered the studyhypotheses, design, materials, and analysis plans on the Open ScienceFramework. Ultimately, the study represents a first step in examining the reliability of trait–outcomes associations. Soto does note certain aspects of the LOOPR Project that mayaccount for some of the differences in the findings. Whereas the replicationattempts were based on self-report surveys completed by groups of onlineparticipants, some of the original studies collected data in a different way(i.e., following people over time), used a different method (i.e., in-personinterviews), or drew from a different sample (i.e., community-based sample). Whenboth the original study and replication attempt used self-report measures, forexample, the replication effect sizes tended to be larger. “This suggests that personality research can still benefitfrom current efforts to improve the robustness of our science,” he says. “The key reason for optimism is that the replicability estimates from this project are pretty high — true personality–outcome associations don’t seem to be outnumbered by false positives or flukes,” says Soto. “However, the replicability estimates are still a bit lower than we would expect if the personality literature didn’t have any problems with false positive results, selective reporting, or publication bias.” A total of more than 6,100 adults, from four online samples of participants, completed surveys for the study. The surveys included a version of the widely used Big Five Inventory to measure personality traits, as well as various measures of life outcomes, such as career and relationship success, political beliefs, and criminal history. The LOOPR Project aimed to replicate 78 previously identified trait-outcome associations, which had been noted in a comprehensive literature review published in 2006. The project specifically examined links between the Big Five personality traits — openness to experience, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism — and 48 individual, interpersonal, and institutional outcomes, which ranged from subjective well-being to personal behavior to occupational performance. “The LOOPR Project has generated a large and rich data set,so I’m excited to collaborate with other scientists to bring these data to bearon other key issues in our field,” Soto says. “These include updating andextending our understanding of how personality relates with consequential lifeoutcomes, and testing the degree to which these personality-outcomeassociations generalize across factors like age, gender, and socioeconomicstatus.” All data,materials, and analysis code for this study are publicly available on the Open Science Framework.The preregistrationprotocol and revisionsto the preregistration are also online. This article has received badges for OpenData, Open Materials, and Preregistration. Studies showing links between personality traits and life outcomes, such as marital stability and vocational achievements, provide a reasonably accurate map of the relationship between personality and various aspects of one’s life, according to findings from a large-scale replication project. The findings are published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The results of the project “provide grounds for cautious optimism about the personality–outcome literature,” says study author Christopher J. Soto, a psychology researcher at Colby College. “Like a lot of researchers, I have been following recentdiscussions about the robustness of our scientific findings with greatinterest, but I was genuinely uncertain about how much this problem generalizedto my own key area of interest: personality psychology,” he explains. To findout, Soto developed the Life Outcomes of Personality Replication (LOOPR)Project. The analyses showed that the majority of the replication attempts were successful — that is, the replication attempts reproduced previously identified trait–outcome links about 85% of the time. But the LOOPR Project results showed associations between personality traits and life outcomes that were often not as strong as those originally published.last_img read more

BENS BLOG The Hot and Crazy Matrix

first_imgIn other news:Blog, have I told you about The Golden Hind, in Marylebone? It’s a cracking little fish n chip shop, that also serves up decent puds. ‘Is it as good as Toffs?!’, I hear you cry out. No, and stop being silly! But that doesn’t mean it isn’t most competent. Unfortunately, they dont do grilled fish, but offer steamed, instead of batter, if you’re pretending not to be a lardy for the evening. The chips are excellent, as are the side-dishes, and also the service.The Golden Hind, 73 Marylebone Lane, W1U 2PN. Reliable. Good grub. Decent portions. Excellent service. At £57 for 3, including dessert, they have to score marks for value too (particularly in such a central location). At £4, desserts are particularly well-handicapped; the raspberry jam sponge, being a regular in my winners enclosure. 7.5Over and out, B x [dropcap]T[/dropcap]hanks go to friend of Star, Will Stockbroker, for passing on this valuable, mathematical chart, for the use, and protection, of this blog.We are most grateful, Mr Stockbroker.I must say though, apart from the professor’s study, I find most amusing; the gun in his belt! WHAT AN AMERICAN..!!last_img read more