Baseball Analysis

Right On, Right On: Looking At Adam Eaton's Breakout

by John Watson

May 25, 2016 12:56 PM

Adam Eaton's been very good at the plate, but he has been spectacular on defense since he moved to right field full-time, which has pushed him up into the top tier of valuable players. Read more »

Tags: Chicago White Sox, IQ

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The (Even More) Amazing Jose Altuve Has Arrived

by John Watson

May 24, 2016 8:37 PM

At $6.5 million a pop for 2018 and 2019, if the new Jose Altuve turns out to be for real, he’ll not only be one of the most valuable players in baseball, but also one of the best values. Read more »

Tags: Houston Astros, IQ

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Miami Twice: Christian Yelich Is Doubling Down

by John Watson

May 20, 2016 8:38 PM

The Marlins have been competitive despite Giancarlo Stanton being mortal and that's largely been due to the long awaited emergence of Christian Yelich. Read more »

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Send Me An Angel: Tim Lincecum Heads To Anaheim

by John Watson

With an epically bad farm system preventing the possibility of trading for decent starting pitching and the current state of the staff, there's not much the Angels can do other than take some chances, cross their fingers and hope for the best. Read more »
Get Lucky: On The Mariners' Offense

by John Watson

The Mariners are in first place in the AL West despite having the third lowest BABIP in all of baseball. With even a little more luck, they're a good bet to get a little more separation and to end their playoff drought. Read more »
Flirting With Success: The Young, Filthy Phillies Starters

by John Watson

Even if there's a little bit of early-season mirage going on somewhere here, we've seen the upside of the Phillies young rotation now and it looks like they could be around for their next competitive team thanks to how young they are. Read more »
Hanging Onto Hope In Houston

by John Watson

If the Astros can get some more luck offensively and not have all of their starters underperforming at once, they're going to be winning way more games than they are right now to dig out of the hole of their slow start. Read more »
Starting Strong On The South Side

by John Watson

The White Sox paint pretty much the same picture that we were expecting to see before the season started, with a great front of the rotation but some holes in the lineup. Latos and Rollins are probably going to regress, but there's plenty of room for optimism when it comes to Abreu and Rodon. Read more »
How Deep Is Your Lineup: Texas Rangers

by John Watson

The injuries to Robinson Chirinos and Shin-soo Choo over the weekend are certainly big news down in Arlington and could have big ramifications going forward. Read more »
Never Too Early To Be Proactive

by Andrew Perna

Using the depth of their farm system to trade for a starter so early in the season is unorthodox, but it would also give the Red Sox a better chance to make a postseason run. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Giants Sign Brandon Belt Through 2021

by John Watson

If Brandon Belt stays healthy and keeps on doing what he's doing, it's already a win for the Giants, but if Belt improves a bit and reaches toward his ceiling, this deal could look like an absolute steal. Read more »
One For The Records: On The Padres' Offensive Woes

by John Watson

While it's obviously ridiculous to come out and say "blow the whole thing up" after a measly three games, the Padres' record-breaking really put a magnifying glass over just how feckless their offense looks to be in 2016. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Pirates Sign Gregory Polanco To $35M Extension

by John Watson

When you have consistently have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball, you have to get creative in order to stay competitive, and this move certainly seems to be the right amount of risk versus reward. Read more »
How Deep Is Your Lineup: D-Backs' Edition

by John Watson

Losing a player of A.J. Pollock's ability is going to hurt any team, but it's a big loss for Arizona, who seemed to base their offseason strategy around the continued contributions from Paul Goldschmidt and Pollock. Read more »
Pablo, Honey, You're a Bench Player (For Now)

by John Watson

The Red Sox start the season with Pablo Sandoval and his remaining $75M on the bench, which speaks to just how bad he was last year, but also to how good Travis Shaw has been in his limited time. Read more »
How Deep Is Your Lineup: Dodgers' Edition

by John Watson

Continued development from some players and improving health from others should have been enough for the Dodgers, but they've suffered a run of injuries to their everyday players this spring. Read more »
Ranking MLB's Best Hitter-Pitcher Combinations

by Andrew Perna

It's difficult to win a World Series on the strength of just two stars, but having a superstar hitter and pitcher is as good a place as any to start building a contender. Read more »
How Deep Is Your Rotation: Angels' Edition

by John Watson

It would have made sense for the Halos to make a trade out of their starting pitching depth to try and upgrade the offense, but thankfully for them they didn't, as they're already using all of the depth before the season even begins. Read more »
How Deep Is Your Rotation: Dodgers' Edition

by John Watson

The Dodgers went for quantity over quality this offseason with their rotation, building it with injuries in mind and spreading the risk around. Read more »
2016 Fantasy Baseball Rankings: Top 150 Overall

by Neema Hodjat

Mike Trout, Paul Goldschmidt, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw and Josh Donaldson are in our top-5 overall picks for your 2016 fantasy baseball leagues. Read more »

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