March 17, 2013
It's no secret that there are some differences between the numbers posted on FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference. Even though, in theory, they're measuring the same things, not everything is black and white, so differences are unavoidable so long as the two sites draw data from different sources. The most well-known case is probably how FanGraphs' WAR has been different from Baseball-Reference's WAR. But there are other, less visible cases where the numbers don't quite match up.
One such case was brought to my attention Monday morning by colleague Carson Cistulli, whose last name I apparently still haven't added to my Firefox browser dictionary. The idea wasn't to suggest something had to be written; the idea was to suggest, if something were to be written, it would be written by me. Below, please find the rest of this post.
The case to be examined:
Baseball-reference says Andy Dirks had 8 bunts last year.FanGraphs says he had 7 bunts.
- Jeff Roberts (@EyeOnTigers) March 11, 2013