DailyBaseballData.com will now go into hibernation for the winter.
Sortable stats for NFL and NBA daily contests will continue to be produced at RotoGuru.net.
For the 2014 baseball season, I hope to expand the universe of covered daily contest sites. This will require some developmental work during the offseason the reduce the amount of processing that is still done somewhat manually. I'm hoping to do some of that groundwork during the NBA season, hopefully expanding the range of affiliated contest sites for NBA analysis as well. Stay tuned - and see you next March!
Mon, 30 Sep 2013 (by RotoGuru)
Most DBD reporting will continue through October - BvP, weather, lineup, bullpen, & live stats. However, the sortable stats will not be updated after the end of the regular season.
Wed, 11 Sep 2013 (by RotoGuru)
Daily Baseball Data is a site devoted to baseball analysis. But for those of you who also play in football contests, there are some similar tools available at RotoGuru.net. In particular, sortable stats are provided for the affiliated contest sites, using a format very similar to the corresponding baseball sortable stats. Links to other football resources can be found in the football section of the left menu panel at RotoGuru.
I have not yet fully assessed what is needed to restore the lineup dashboard, but hope to resolve that within the next week. Thanks for your patience.
Lineup Dashboard on DL
Tue, 27 Aug 2013 (by RotoGuru)
Because of a sudden change in the layout of the pages that feed it, the Lineup Dashboard is currently out of order. In addition, I've lost access to the career SB/CS data for the Pitcher vs Batter Report. Estimated repair time is unknown at this time.
As far as I know, no other pages/reports are impacted.
Update: After a more thorough review and assessment, I hope to have SB/CS data restored to the BvP report by the end of the week. However, the prognosis for the Lineup Dashboard will take some more analysis. Given that this report accounts for only about 1% of site activity, I'm likely to defer reconstruction of that report into at least next week in order to attend to higher priority issues.
Sorting things out
Fri, 26 Jul 2013 (by RotoGuru)
I've had a number of requests over the past year to produce the Pitcher vs Batter report and the Weather Dashboard with all games listed in order of start time. I know it seems like a simple thing to adjust, but given the way those reports are cobbled together, it wasn't so trivial. But I finally bit the bullet and figured it out.
So as of this morning, both of those reports should now be in chronological order. One caveat- occasionally, you'll still get the BvP report in the old order (A.L. park games sorted ahead of N.L park games). Then that happens, you be prompted to refresh the page to get the consolidated sort.
Great American AT&T Park
Tue, 23 Jul 2013 (by RotoGuru)
There's a schedule anomaly today. The SF@Cincy game on July 4 was postponed, and is being replayed today as part of a doubleheader in San Francisco. So while Cincinnati is listed as the home team in the nightcap, the game is still being played at AT&T Park.
The Pitcher vs Batter report isn't clever enough to figure that out, so it lists the second game at Great American Ballpark in Cincinnati. Other reports (on this site and externally) will probably make similar misdirections. But I'm quite sure the teams aren't flying from SF to Cincy between games.
Forewarned is forearmed.
Razzing-up the Batter vs Pitcher report
Sat, 06 Jul 2013 (by RotoGuru)
If you open up the Batter vs Pitcher report, you'll notice some new links. Most notably, all player names are now linked to the associated player page at Razzball. The ESPN links haven't disappeared, however. They're still available, along with links to the player pages at RotoGuru and MLB.com.
Razzball player pages are designed to help fantasy baseball fanatics make quick, informed daily decisions. They go beyond just a snapshot of what the player has done to date - they provides projections on what the player is going to do over the next 7 games as well as for rest of season. This next 7 day uses Steamer projections as a base and then applies factors such as opposing pitcher/hitters and park. These next 7 day stats can either be viewed on each player's page or together via the Stream-o-nator and Hitter-tron pages.
The CSV version of the report data should be unchanged. Please let me know if you discover any apparent glitches.
BvP: CSV update
Fri, 24 May 2013 (by RotoGuru)
Based on some feedback, I added a few fields to the CSV version of the Batter vs. Pitcher report.
In addition to the ESPN player ID, I added the MLB.com ID - for both hitters and pitchers. This may help you to link up player data from other sources. I also added each player name in "Last, First" format. Ditto.
If there are other features or data items that you'd like me to consider, shoot me an email at email@example.com.
BvP: Have it Your Way
Mon, 13 May 2013 (by RotoGuru)
Sharp-eyed users of the Batter vs. Pitcher report will notice a new option today. You can now access the underlying data in a CSV formatted data file. The link appears near the top of the report, just below the position selection panel.
For awhile, I've struggled with potential ways to provide more flexibility with the format of that report, particularly sorting. My current solution is to produce a data file so that, if you want the data organized differently, you can import the data into a spreadsheet and tailor it to your heart's content. I've designated it as a beta version, since it's possible there will be bugs. If you choose to use this feature, let me know if anything looks to be off.
Wed, 08 May 2013 (by RotoGuru)
This morning, someone pointed out to me that some of the dropdown menus in the main menu bar were not functional for android phones. I diagnosed the issue and installed an update that should fix this problem. If there are other devices with a similar problem, please let me know. Supposedly iOS devices should already work OK for this issue, but as I don't own an iPhone, I have no simple way to test this.
This raises an opportunity to ask you all to help me identify issues such as these. As the popular slogan says, "If you see something, say something." Don't assume that every apparent glitch is already recognized and/or unsolvable. I can't promise to be able to correct everything, but I certainly can't correct a problem of which I'm unaware.
FanDuel - Daily, Direct, Deep, and Data-supported
Tue, 07 May 2013 (by RotoGuru)
FanDuel has been a leader in the daily fantasy arena for many years. The scoring formula is simple and intuitive. Baseball lineups are simple and focused, with only one starting pitcher and no relievers. Salary caps can be standard or at a lower “expert” level, which appeals to those whose strength is in finding bargains among cheaper players. The site features heads-up contests as well as 5- and 10-player formats with entry fees ranging from $1 to $535. The user base is deep, so you don’t have to play against the same names day after day, and for head-up contests, you can see the opponent for open challenges before entering.
FanDuel data (player points and salaries) are incorporated in the RotoGuru sortable stats, which is a useful tool for evaluating daily lineup decisions. Note that the sortable stats also provide filtering for daily starting pitchers and opposite handed hitters. When used with the other tools available at DailyBaseballData.com, there is a lot of home-grown info to work with.
If you have never tried FanDuel, they also offer free games so that you can try it out. Register using this FanDuel link, and if/when you decide to deposit funds, you’ll be eligible for a bonus based on the size your first deposit - $5 on a $10 deposit, $10 on a $25 deposit, $20 on a $100 deposit, $30 on a $200 deposit. And you’ll be supporting DailyBaseballData.com in the process!
Going deep during sleep
Fri, 26 Apr 2013 (by RotoGuru)
You might think that, as the producer of DailyBaseballData.com, I'm a big player in daily contests. But actually, not so much. That's probably one reason why I don't do as good a job as I should in actively promoting my affiliated contest sites.
I played my first daily baseball contest for the season on DraftStreet yesterday. I like to wait for several weeks into a new season before starting, just to be able to build some stats and get a sense of how teams are doing. Yesterday, I played in a $2 league with 6 entrants, where payouts are for the top 2 finishers. That’s a format that I like to play. When I went to bed last night, it looked like I’d finish in 3rd, just out of prize position. I still had three hitters in play – Brandon Moss, Chris Davis, and Kyle Seager – but I was far enough back that I didn’t figure to cash. Lo and behold, when I pulled up the game scoreboard this morning, I saw that both Seager and Davis homered, and I ended up with a close win. That was fun.
I tend to prefer Draftstreet for my personal play because the rosters are deeper, the scoring is fuller, and pitching is not as dominant – particularly the points for wins. I also sometimes play their weekly format. DraftStreet data (player points and salaries) are incorporated in the RotoGuru sortable stats, which is a useful tool for evaluating daily or weekly lineup decisions. Note that the sortable stats also provide filtering for daily starting pitchers and opposite handed hitters. When used with the other tools available at DailyBaseballData.com, there is a lot of home-grown info to work with.
If you have never tried DraftStreet, they also offer free games so that you can try it out. Register using this DraftStreet link, and if/when you decide to deposit funds, you’ll be eligible for a 40% bonus on your first dfeposit. If you are a low stakes player like I am, taking advantage of the bonus offers dramatically improves the odds, since 20% of all entry fees come from bonus money. So, for example, when I play a $2 contest, it’s really only costing me $1.60.
Wed, 17 Apr 2013 (by RotoGuru)
It seems like we’re getting a baseball postponement just about every day now, after none for the first 10 days of the season. Yesterday, we had one game washed out after a couple of innings, and another one suspended in the 9th inning of a scoreless tie. That one (Philly@Cincy) will be completed this afternoon. I’ll adjust my scoring totals to include the complete game stats as of Tuesday after today's completion of that game. If you are playing in daily contests, that may or may not be consistent with your contest’s handling of the situation. If you are using the daily stat summary for other purposes, be aware that the partial game stats for the StL@Pit game will appear in the listing (even though most games will not include those stats), and the Philly@Cincy stats will be updated tonight after the game is finally completed.
Daily stats & daily flats
Thu, 11 Apr 2013 (by RotoGuru)
One popular DBD feature is the production of consolidated live daily stats for all MLB games. Yesterday, that routine fell flat for a combination of unusual technical reasons.
It's been corrected now, and steps have been taken to avoid that specific issue in the future. Of course, there are still thousands of other things that can go wrong, so there are no guarantees, other than that I'll do my best to keep this routine functioning properly, no matter how badly the server tries to foul things up.
If you downloaded the CSV output version of the program prior to 9am ET this morning, you should probably download it again. Also, be aware that when games are postponed after starting lineups have been posted, this routine will continue to show those players in pregame status. For example, lineups for the Cleveland-NY game are included in yesterday's listing. Of course, those players have no stats - but if you are using the download for any statistical analysis, you may need to compensate for that. Forewarned is forearmed!