The 2016 Texas Rangers were a statistical anomaly. Their Pythagorean record came in at a paltry 82-80, but they finished at 95-67. That is plus 13 wins for the math impaired. They were plus five games the season before. This is where your perspective dictates how we move forward. Positive
“Put me in coach, I’m ready to play today. Look at me I can be center field.” — John Fogerty It would be an interesting battle between shortstop and center field as to which is the premier position on the diamond. Suffice it to say, the superior athletes are playing
Offseason Overview Of all the teams we have overviewed to this point, this team seems unfinished. They are on the hunt for more pitching and the reunion with Mike Napoli seems more obvious than any in the sport. Yet, here we are doing the dance waiting for eyes to lock.
As we approach the end of the series for ranking hitters it becomes important to reiterate that these rankings are all about what has been and not necessarily what will be in every instance. I’m a big believer in the idea that past is prologue. However, there are occasional instances
In the newest edition of fantasy baseball 3×3, we’re discovering a new David Wright, correctly regressing Corey Dickerson, and getting honest about Eric Hosmer’s power. Thoughts, questions, whatever… you can always find me on Twitter.
If you look at the Fangraphs leaderboard for wOBA and sort by ascending numbers you see a lot of prominent (or formerly prominent) names near the bottom of the qualified leaderboard. Carlos Gomez and Justin Upton have been the two worst-performing outfielders by wOBA with enough at-bats this year. Jason
There are many ways to rank players. I don’t claim to have a monopoly on the truth, but I hope my methods balance analytics with common sense. The analytics part is probably the most involved. We take runs above replacement from the past three seasons according to three different sources
2015 Quick Overview The Astros finished 86-76 on the 2015 season. That marked a 16-game improvement from the previous season and a 35-game improvement over a two year period. Most interested observers believed 2016 would be the season where they would burst onto the playoff scene, but it came a
Rejoice Mets fans, Yoenis Cespedes is coming back to New York. Based on the moves the organization had already made this offseason and the stingy spending habits the front office has shown historically, it seemed highly unlikely that the Mets would be able to bring back their superstar outfielder. However,
July trades are catch as catch can. There is no rhyme or reason to whether or not they work out or not. This is particularly true with rentals. The Nationals and Mets both brought in high profile rentals at the deadline. The Mets brought in Yoenis Cespedes while the Nationals