Mike Petriello is an analyst for MLB.com and the host of the Statcast podcast. He has previously written for ESPN Insider and FanGraphs.
|As the Cubs and Red Sox face off in Boston this weekend, make sure you're smarter than all your friends with Statcast's 10 facts to know about the series.
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|How did Eric Thames get off to such a smashing start for the Brewers? The answer is actually quite simple, even if the implementation is difficult. He stopped swinging at bad pitches. He started swinging at good ones. The rest is history.
More»Thames sets Brewers record with 11 homers in April|
|As the trend in outfield play seems to be playing deeper, Billy Hamilton is taking the opposite approach. No center fielder in baseball is playing closer to home than the speedster.
More» Hamilton makes leaping catch against wall|
|After years of playing some of the shallowest center fields in baseball, Baltimore's Adam Jones is finally playing deeper in 2017. Is he just following a trend, or is there something to it?
More»Petriello, Meyers discuss Jones' WBC 2017 catch|
|After a frustratingly difficult 2016 season, Bryce Harper hit .354/.475/.688 with four homers in his first 13 games. So: Is he back? It's too soon to say, but the underlying data has some very good signs for Nationals fans.
More» Harper hits two homers, including walk-off|
|Who's the fastest outfielder in baseball? How do we know who is the fastest? Who's second, or third or 10th? Do outfielders run faster when they don't actually catch the ball? And how do you actually measure speed, anyway?
More» Cain sprints 28.5 feet per second to make grab|
|On Monday, we saw our first two Five-Star Plays of the 2017 season. In Minnesota, Byron Buxton made the first of what we expect will be many spectacular plays this year, robbing Alex Gordon. While in Baltimore, Jose Bautista made taking a hit away from Joey Rickard part of an impressive Opening Day. Since we had nearly 300 Five-Star Plays in 2016, these ought to be just the first of many.
More» Kiermaier overcomes tough catch probability|
|What's the latest from the Statcast lab? Catch Probability, Hit Probability, Estimated OPS, and using data to look at outfield depth and injuries are just the tip of the iceberg as we keep learning more and more.
More»Statcast to measure catch, hit probability in 2017|
|Mike Petriello uses Statcast's catch probability metric to rank the top five defensive outfielders at each position.
More»Statcast on Hamilton's improbable leaping catch|
|Why has there been such a huge increase in homers over the last two seasons? The theories are endless, so we went right to the source, talking to more than 40 players about the changes they've made to try to tap into more power.
More» Murphy belts a 482-foot homer at Coors|
|What if Miguel Cabrera has actually been slightly underrated? Is it possible that as great as he is, there are factors that are actually holding him back?
More» Statcast on Miggy's lineout to right-center|
|What happens when the center fielder runs to make a play on a ball that actually would have been easier for a corner outfielder to make? If that reminds you of Kelly Leak from "The Bad News Bears," you're not alone.
More» Statcast looks at Herrera's grab|
|Did the Blue Jays quietly make a smart move by bringing Kendrys Morales north of the border? Statcast data suggests that by simply getting out of Kansas City, you could see more power from Morales in 2017.
More» Statcast analyzes Morales' deep flyout|
|Strikeouts are great, but so is limiting hard contact, and Hit Probability helps us understand exactly who does it the best. You won't be surprised that Clayton Kershaw and Kenley Jansen rate very well, but you might not have expected who was right up there with them.
More»Dodgers blank Cubs in back-to-back NLCS games|
|Tonight, Seth Lugo will lead Team Puerto Rico in a rematch against Marcus Stroman and Team USA in the World Baseball Classic championship game (9 p.m. ET on MLB.TV and MLB Network).
More» Lugo tosses 5 2/3 solid innings|
|Which outfields did the best jobs of turning likely hits into outs? Using Statcast Catch Probability, we can see that the Top 5 contains some expected clubs -- and a few surprising outliers.
More»Statcast on Hamilton's improbable leaping catch|
|While the Twins have long struggled to have great outfield defense, the potential of full seasons from Byron Buxton and Max Kepler make the 2017 edition a potentially outstanding fielding crew.
More» Statcast on the improbable catch of Buxton|
|Kevin Kiermaier's new contract is a reflection of just how great an outfielder he is, as the new Statcast metric "Catch Probability" makes clear. When it comes to turning hits into outs, no one does it like Kiermaier.
More»Statcast details Kiermaier's great running catch|
|You already know that Billy Hamilton uses his speed to make incredible catches, but did you know just how often he does it? The new Statcast metric Catch Probability puts numbers to Hamilton's amazing outfield feats.
More»Statcast on Hamilton's improbable diving catch|
|What makes a great catch great? For decades, it was more of the eye test than anything, but we know that sometimes the best catches are the ones that look easy. With the new Statcast metric Catch Probability, we can let the data tell the story.
More»Statcast on Almora Jr.'s dazzling, difficult catch|