Monday, March 15, 2010

Baseball StatCrew...It's the Little Things Again!

Anyone who saw my football StatCrew blog knows that I enjoy the little things about statistics.

Today, it's about baseball in StatCrew. I've seen a lot of schools which do the bare minimum for StatCrew. This means not keeping track of pitches, not putting locations of hits, and the like. I just want to spread a little information on how to do these small details for any SID's out there who want to give it a try.

First, pitch counts and having them appear in the box scores. I know a lot of people never even get into the pitch-by-pitch window. All you have to do is type in "P" in the batter's command line and it brings up the window, in which you can type "K" for a called strike, "B" for a called ball, "F" for foul, or "S" for swinging strike. You can do this for each pitch, and StatCrew keeps track of the number of pitches...when the ball is in play, just hit "P" and it marks down a pitch for the pitcher (a strike) and takes you back to the batter/runner command lines to input the play.

The benefits of this?



Notice that you can get the number of pitches from each pitcher to show up in the boxscore, and StatCrew also keeps some detailed analysis on the counts to hitters. Beware though, to get the number of pitches to show up in the box score, you have to go to the report style options in the game reports program, as the default options do not include this stat.

If you really want to delve into the details of pitch-by-pitch options, there is a "Detail" list inside the pitch-by-pitch window which lets you select the type of pitch that was thrown, and you can also use the arrow keys on the keyboard to choose the location of each pitch. While these parts can actually be a pain, especially if you're not from an ideal viewing location, they can result in some very detailed reports from the StatCrew game and season report programs that your coaches would love.

In addition to that, the easiest, and what I feel is the most important thing to do...the location of hits! I've seen, yet again, a lot of SID's who do nothing more than put in "1B" or "2B" for a hit, and advance the runners. You can put in locations! "1B RS" denotes a "Single through the right side" in the play-by-play, while a "2B LL" denotes a "Double down the left field line" and a "3B RC" denotes a "Triple to right center field." Of course, there's also RF (right field), LF (left field), CF (center field) and MI (up the middle) notations as well as being able to put in the positions as well on plays, perhaps, in where a fielder knocks down a ball but can't complete the play ("1B 6" being a single to the shortstop). They're easy to understand, it just takes the effort!

Also, don't forget the different errors! "E9T" denotes a throwing error on the right fielder, while "E6F" is a fielding error on the shortstop. There is also a "muffed catch" error, which is good for when a first baseman perhaps misses a catch at first by an infielder, which is denoted as "E3M" and shows up in the play-by-play as "muffed catch by first baseman." Lastly, there is a "D" which denotes a dropped pop-up, such as "E2D" against the catcher. Last but not least, "DF" is a notation for a dropped foul ball, as in "E3DF" for a first baseman who drops a foul pop-up. (Thanks to Dave Parsons at Mount Vernon Nazarene for those last three!)

In this picture, you can see in a recent Texas/Iowa game that both locations of hits *and* pitch counts are utilized, with the numbers in parenthesis being the count in which the batter hit the ball.



Lastly, one of my favorite "small details" in baseball StatCrew is something that I think is very necessary to have in each box score, but I see it very rarely outside of the top level Division I teams, even though it is easy to take advantage of. One of my favorite aspects of StatCrew are the .CAP files, which take the stats for your team and use them inside the game you are scoring to keep stats auto-counted. For example, if you use a .CAP file within a game you are scoring, the batter's averages will be available for each at-bat, and at the end of the game, things like doubles, triples, homeruns, stolen bases, errors, etc. will be automatically updated and included in the box score, as you can see in the first picture of this blog.

It's easy to do. In the utilities program, go to StatEdit > Capture stat files, and this will capture your season stats thus far. Then go to StatEdit > Export stat file and export the .CAP file for your team to whatever directory you want. Then, after doing the Game Setup and choosing the teams for your next game, back out and go to "Statistics" and then "Load Stat Files" and choose "Y" for your team. This loads the .CAP file into the program and you are on your way. You do have to run through this process for each game in terms of capturing the newest stats and then exporting a new .CAP file before each game, however. So keep that in mind!

Well, this was just a small look into the detail that StatCrew offers for baseball, and I feel that most of these are very easy to implement in everyone's games, and like I said in the football blog, it's always something to keep your fans involved. We are all sports fans, we all love picturing what is happening in our head, and these small details make it worth it to read the play-by-play and picture the game. So utilize what StatCrew gives you!

8 comments:

  1. Did you forget to mention the "DF" notation on errors for dropped foul balls? (as in E2DF)

    The program does those as well.

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  2. Thanks! I was actually told about it but just didn't include it in there. I added it in there to make sure everything is covered, though. =)

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  3. Also pitch sequence in the play-by-play tells you the order of balls and strikes by type (swinging, called, fouled off, etc.)

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  4. You dont have to capture a new CAP for each game. For a 3-game series you can load up the CAp files for both teams and following the game and after you have wrapped the file up, go to Statistics (same place you load up the CAP files) and the use the "Post Statistics" command and that will update the CAP files for the next game. Great for doubleheaders.

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  5. They should add pick-off attempts to the pitch count/narrative and include them in the totals. Then you could see how long some of these at-bats really are when the guy throws 4 times to first for every actual pitch to the batter. :)

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  6. What's the best way to handle doubleheaders regarding CAP files? Obviously an opponent won't always be able to send me an updated CAP file in between games.

    Thanks!

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  7. Anon - After the first game of the doubleheader and after you wrap-up the game, go back to the main menu of the scorebook and go to Statistics > Post Stat Files. After that you should be able to just start the second game and do Statistics > Load stat files and the files should be updated with the numbers from the first game included.

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  8. such as SPSS statistics? Also pitch sequence in the play-by-play tells you the order of balls and strikes by type crystal x

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