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0 Subject: Daily Blurb - April 21, 2014

Posted by: Guru
- [330592710] Mon, Apr 21, 2014, 10:41

Quote of the day
"Lack of hustle. The inability to run 90 feet. We made an agreement. He and I made an agreement, this team made an agreement, that when you play the game that we hustle at all times, that we play the game with intensity and a willingness to win." -- Washington Nationals manager Matt Williams, on why he pulled Bryce Harper from Saturday’s game after jogging out a grounder back to the pitcher

Daily blurbTwo GuruGolf teams tied for the top best ball score (-45) this weekend. Not surprisingly, they had three golfers in common – Kuchar, Huh, English – and they also had the two top dollar value gains for the weekend. On the worst ball side, Nog’s Nutcrackers posted a 3-stroke margin with a +51.

Turning to baseball, I’ve added a new feature to the RotoGuru sortable stats and individual player pages. Stats can now be identified and tracked by the throwing arm of the opposing starter.

For example, here is a FanDuel report showing point data for past games against starting pitchers who throw with the same hand as the current day starter. Hover over a player’s name in the table to see the details of the next listed opposing starter. If it’s a right-hander, then that player’s point data in the table is only for games in which he started against a right-hander. Note that this is not a pure lefty-righty split; it is based only on the throwing arm of the starter. If a lefty starts a game but is later relieved by a righty, all stats for that game are categorized as lefty starter stats.

As always, click on any column heading to sort the table by that column.

If you click on any player name, you’ll go to the day-by-day point history for that player. This table now shows the throwing arm of the opposing starter for each game – and if you hover over the L/R indicator, you can also see the starting pitcher’s name.

I used to provide the ability to filter for only hitters who were facing opposite handed starters. With this latest update, I’ve eliminated that capability, as I believe that the new approach is much more relevant. I considered leaving the old approach in as an option, but was afraid that the distinction might be too confusing. I think that once you get accustomed to the new approach, you’ll find it to be of significant utility.

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