I’m afraid First Inning is now defunct, at least for now. That really stinks, because I was wondering where in this green earth of ours I was going to find easy to access peripheral stats. Well, I have good news. I just saved a bunch of money on my car insurance by…no, wait. I meant to say Matthew Carruth and Graham MacAree (who some of you may know from The Hardball Times, Fangraphs or the excellent Mariner blog Lookout Landing) have put together the answer and then some: StatCorner. Not only do they have the same stats from first inning like wOBA (weighted on base average), but wOBA+ (which is a lot like ERA+), runs above average per 600 plate appearances, batting runs above average, etc. I’m not gonna pretend I can quickly explain what all of those stats mean, but you can check out their glossary.
They also have K/PA, BB/PA, BABIP, groundball rates, but also the rates a batter struck out looking or swinging. And if the player was in AAA, thanks to Gameday’s data we find out how much a player makes contact when they swing, and how often they swing and miss. For an example, take a look at Jon Jay.
They also have a nifty stat for pitchers called tRA, which is sort of like taking xFIP to the next level. FIP takes into account what most feel is in the pitcher’s control, such as strikeouts, walks, hit batsmen, and homers. tRA assigns value to those as well as batted ball types. They explain it a lot more fully here. The only thing they don’t have is minor league park factors yet, and some leader boards might be nice. Oh, and that nifty player linker would certainly come in handy. I hope FI comes back soon, but be sure to check out StatCorner. I got lost in there for a good hour and a half, so don’t get yourself in trouble at work!
Tony Cruz went 3-4 with a stolen base. Arnoldi is hitting .432/.463/.649 so far.
James Rapoport went 0-4 with 2 strikeouts. Box
Amaury Cazana went 0-4 with Licey. He was too busy using his telepathic mind powers to help the Rays defeat the Red Sox.
Luis Perdomo allowed three runs and only retired one batter for Aguilas. Box
David Freese went 0-2 with 2 BB. Box.