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Activity Number: 325
Type: Invited
Date/Time: Tuesday, August 3, 2010 : 10:30 AM to 12:20 PM
Sponsor: Section on Statistics in Sports
Abstract - #306215
Title: Exploring the Count in Baseball
Author(s): Jim Albert*+
Companies: Bowling Green State University
Address: Department of Mathematics and Statistics, Bowling Green, OH, 43403,
Keywords: pitching ; multilevel models ; situational data

The basic confrontation in baseball is between the pitcher and the batter. The count, the number of balls and strikes in the current plate appearance, gives significant information. Particular counts such as 3-0 favor the batter, and other counts such as 0-2 favor the batter. By exploring pitch-by-pitch data from the Pitch F/X database, we look at pitcher tendencies in different count situations. One objective is to devise new measures of pitching performance based on the count that may be helpful in distinguishing pitchers of different quality.

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