As you probably have observed, advanced metrics have gone from baseball fringe to mainstream. We might not ever get away from batting average and RBI being shown on screen during a game, but that's OK, as we now usually get on-base percentage and, occasionally from some announcers, even things like ground ball rate and strikeouts per nine innings. Baby steps, folks.
This week we'll touch on one of my favorite metrics - swinging strike percentage (SwStr%). This measures the percentage of pitches thrown that hitters offer at and miss. The theory, of course, is that the higher the rate, the more dominant the pitcher ...
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