My brother-in-law and I are playing a franchise on the show with rosters that we edited to fit (pitch speeds, pitch types, player ratings to fit) and we did a fantasy draft. We each have one pitcher, and we are playing on legend difficulty. I am Daniel Duffy and he is Wade Davis. For the starts that Duffy has, my brother-in-law does the teams hitting, and I do all the teams pitching, and then vice-versa when Davis pitches. So I have kept track on an Excel sheet of how we have performed with each hitter.
I have kept track of k and bb%, wOBA, FIP, everything. It's a little in depth, but it's fun to compete with being better than the other. It has also allowed us to adjust the sliders to make it as realistic as possible. Right now, we are about 8 games back near the end of June, but we have been playing better lately, so we'll see
Just a lot more fun when you include the stats. Obviously this is way nerdy, but it allows you to understand statistics so much better.
Today, I added power-factor, something that beyondtheboxscore wrote about. It's neat to implement whenever you have something on-going like this.
I have been messing with a lot of 2011 MLB stats this year just trying to find values, and new ways to measure things. One thing I am attempting to decipher is a better way to measure a managers effectiveness based on the decisions they make. What happens to WPA, do they employ the best positive matchups, and if they do, does it matter/work as well as we think it should?
To those that do not know mathematics it is difficult to get across a feeling as to the beauty, the deepest beauty of baseball. If you want to learn about baseball, to appreciate baseball, it is necessary to understand the language she speaks.