What makes picking the top shortstop of the past decade so difficult is that there isn’t even a WAR consensus between the two websites; Baseball Reference has Andrelton Simmons as the top shortstop of the 2010s but Fangraphs hands Troy Tulowitzki that honor. I actually think that neither of the above was the top shortstop of the decade—it was Francisco Lindor.Read more "Best of the Decade: Shortstop"
An evaluation of a first baseman’s performance starts and ends with offensive production; first basemen do not get high marks for defense and their defense rarely ever makes enough of a difference to matter to the team, so this is solely a bat-first position.Read more "Best of the Decade: First Base"
This offseason has been one of the slowest in history. The top five free agents? Unsigned. We are now less than two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting.Read more "A Deeper Look at the Slow Offseason"
Hosmer had a below-average HH% in 2017 and his average exit velo was not good (72nd out of 436 hitters with at least 70 batted balls in play). The reason he posted a career-high .351 BABIP was probably luck. His career-high in AVG is best explained by his spike in BABIP. Hosmer’s future investors beware.Read more "A Look at Eric Hosmer’s Free Agency Case"
The Indians regular season was best remembered by their insane second half, but their 47-40 first half record was pretty good, too. The second half, however, was even better: 53-28 including a .776 winning percentage from August 1st forward.Read more "2017 Recap: AL Central"
The final installment of a five-part series detailing the Top 10 Most Under-Covered Stories of 2016.Read more "Top 10 Under-Covered Stories of 2016 (Part 5 of 5)"
The first of a five part series: top 10 Under-Covered Stories of 2016.Read more "Top 10 Under-Covered Stories of 2016 (Part 1 of 5)"
On Tuesday (December 6th), Chris Sale, strikeout machine, perennial Cy Young contender, and five-time all-star, was dealt for top prospects 2B Yoan Moncada and SP Michael Kopech, and two low-level (SP Victor Diaz and CF Luis Alexander Basabe) prospects. Both teams benefited from the trade in one way or another; the Red Sox acquired one of the best pitchers in baseball […]Read more "The Nationals were the real losers of the Chris Sale trade"
Will Johan make it back to the majors in 2017?Read more "You Don’t Mess With The Johan"
On Wednesday night, Boston SP Rick Porcello was announced as the 2016 AL Cy Young winner. Shortly after the announcement, folks on twitter, most notably Kate Upton, who happens to be Detroit Tigers SP and Cy Young finalist Justin Verlander’s fiancée, let the Baseball Writer’s Association of America know that the Cy Young winner they selected was the wrong choice. After any award announcement people will voice their displeasure on Twitter, but the hate for the BBWAA was well-deserved after they greatly botched this vote.Read more "Porcello shouldn’t have won Cy Young, but Verlander shouldn’t have either"