Baseball Analysis

Grading The Deal: Mets Bring Yoenis Cespedes Back

by John Watson

Nov 30, 2016 1:42 PM

Sure the market for the best sluggers is expensive, but if the Mets don't want to waste their cost-controlled pitchers, they need help scoring runs now and Yoenis Cespedes certainly does that. Read more »

Tags: New York Mets, IQ

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Grading The Deal: Mariners, D-Backs Swap Walker, Segura & More

by John Watson

Nov 25, 2016 12:50 PM

The Mariners and Diamondbacks switched out a bushel of players and gave us our first hint of how new Arizona GM Mike Hazen is going to revamp his roster. Read more »

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Seattle Mariners

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Play Ball... Please?: On The MLB Collective Bargaining Agreement

by John Watson

Nov 23, 2016 12:43 PM

The MLB is making money hand over fist with record local television deals, so it seems like the opposing sides should be able to work something out. Here, we're going to take a look at at some of the biggest issues underlying this high-stakes game of chicken. Read more »

Tags: Legal

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Grading The Deals: Astros Sign Reddick & Morton, Trade For McCann

by John Watson

The Astros have been the busiest team in baseball over the last few days in adding Josh Reddick, Brian McCann and Charlie Morton in a series of reasonable yet underwhelming moves. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Braves Sign R.A. Dickey, Bartolo Colon

by John Watson

Both of these signings are exactly the type that the Braves should be making at this juncture: short contracts for veterans who can reliably eat up innings and give the Braves a chance to work towards productively developing their young pitchers. Read more »
Lessons From The 2016 World Series

by John Watson

On how the Cubs are a testament to what happens when you combine such new-school thinking about baseball with big market pockets, the Indians rewrote the rules for the postseason and Baseball always gonna Baseball. Read more »
World Series Preview: The Case For The Indians

by Andrew Perna

A hot streak, home field (Cleveland tied for the second-best home record in baseball) and less pressure aside, the Indians are really, really good. Read more »
World Series Preview: The Case For The Cubs

by John Watson

The Cubs are here for a reason: they were the the best team in the regular season and they still have the best team. Small-sample-size shenanigans aside, there's every reason to believe that the Cubs are going to win this series and the longest championship drought in professional sports. Read more »
Andrew Miller: The 2016 Trade Deadline MVP

by John Watson

While it's way, way too early to say that we're going to see teams change how bullpens are managed and move away from tradition there, you know the idea is there now with what Andrew Miller is doing in these playoffs. Read more »
NLCS Preview: The Case For The Cubs

by Andrew Perna

It won't be easy but it's going to take a herculean effort from the Dodgers, and serious internal failure, for the Cubbies not to advance onto the 112th World Series. Read more »
NLCS Preview: The Case For The Dodgers

by John Watson

The Cubs have a slight edge in talent and homefield but this series is essentially a coin toss with how the Dodgers' pitching has rounded into form and a deep lineup. Read more »
ALCS Preview: The Case For The Indians

by John Watson

The Indians can't match Toronto's starting pitching but they have an excellent bullpen and can also manufacture runs. Read more »
ALCS Preview: The Case For The Blue Jays

by Andrew Perna

Timing is every in the postseason and much like the offense; the Blue Jaysí rotation is rounding into form at the perfect time. Read more »
The Morning After: Just Another Even-Year October

by John Watson

It's definitely more likely than not that 2016 will be the year that the #EvenYear stuff is finally put to bed, but it was certainly in full effect last night. And don't tell Madison Bumgarner about the so-called "odds," because you'll probably just make him angry. Read more »
The Morning After: What Was Buck Showalter Thinking?

by John Watson

An old-school train of thought on closers was on full display in Toronto. While it's not true that Zach Britton could have won the game for the Orioles, it's certainly true that he gave them the best chance to stay alive long enough to win it. Read more »
Making An MVP: The National League Award Race

by John Watson

Kris Bryant is the best player in the National League who also happens to play for the best team in baseball, which makes the MVP award an easy choice. Read more »
Making An MVP: The American League Award Race

by John Watson

There is a legitimate possibility that Mike Trout will once again come in second and be elected the MVeeP, finishing behind Mookie Betts, Jose Altuve or David Ortiz. Read more »
The Mets' Unlikely Wild Ride To The Postseason

by John Watson

The Mets are looking like a team that deserves another crack at the postseason this year, even if there was a long stretch there where they didn't. Read more »
One-Run And Done: The Most Lucky And Unlucky AL Contenders

by John Watson

Individual teams' records in one-run games are having a profound effect on the playoff races in the AL this season, and it's worth taking a look at, because itís pretty wild. Read more »
Rookie Rankings: Who's Number One (AL Edition)

by John Watson

Michael Fulmer, Chris Devenski, Tyler Naquin and Gary Sanchez headline the American League's best rookies. Read more »

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