Tutorial: Using BaseballVMI
Once you understand that today's weather conditions will have an effect on one or both teams (see Science-->Neeley Scale and Science-->Hitter Science-->What is VMI) and you know the ADI scale being used for pitchers and the VMI scale being used for hitters, then;
- Check today's schedule; Go to Reports-->Pitcher's ADI's; Look for mismatches between home and road teams using today's VMI's (in parentheses). The higher plus VMI's means more scoring vs. teams with higher minus VMI's. But, don't stop there!
- Once you have favorite games selected, go to Reports-->Detailed Match-Ups. Select your game to look at the Starting Pitchers' historical effectiveness via hit percent per strike thrown by type of pitch he normally throws. Make a note of which two pitches he throws most and the opponents production against those pitches within that VMI range.
- We have wrapped his best pitches into a bundle (i.e. Tight = fastball pitcher w/ typical slider, curve or change-up) with a score attached that compares him to other fastball pitchers within that category. Soon you will see a correlation among pitchers.
- At the bottom of that page are definitions of the pitcher-types.
Before you sign up as a pro member, you should have a good handle on pitcher types and the effectiveness of each type of pitch. You should also take a periodic look at Sortable Stats Report #1 on team effectiveness by pitch type. The VMI is based on the hitters' most recent exposure to field altitude and weather within the MLB Road travel schedule.