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Making An MVP: The National League Award Race

by John Watson

Sep 29, 2016 12:58 PM

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 »

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Making An MVP: The American League Award Race

by John Watson

Sep 22, 2016 2:34 PM

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 »

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The Mets' Unlikely Wild Ride To The Postseason

by John Watson

Sep 16, 2016 1:43 PM

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 »

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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 »
Rookie Rankings: Who's Number One (NL Edition)

by John Watson

Corey Seager has the NL Rookie of the Year award locked up though Trevor Story, Aledmys Diaz, Ryan Schimpf, Steven Matz, Kenta Maeda and Seung-hwan Oh also deserve mention. Read more »
Ground Control: The Improved Billy Hamilton

by John Watson

We always knew Billy Hamilton was fast as hell. The question was whether or not he would be able to hit enough to make his defensive and baserunning contributions worthwhile. Read more »
The Kind Of Curious Case Of Carlos Gomez

by John Watson

We don't often see players who were as good as Carlos Gomez was as recently as he was getting released in late August by teams that aren't out of the playoff picture yet, even if the player has been struggling mightily, so all this bears a little deep thinking. Read more »
Something's Cooking In Colorado

by John Watson

The Rockies are starting to look like they have some young pitchers who can get results in Coors Field. We'll have to wait and see if the move away from breaking-ball-reliant pitchers is something they fully embrace and whether it's a strategy that's going to work in the long run. Read more »
Goodnight, Sweet Prince: On Prince Fielder's Retirement

by John Watson

During the eight seasons of his prime, Prince Fielder was one of the top-10 hitters in the game and played every single day while always being a joy to watch. Read more »
Brian Cashman Has Had Himself A Summer

by Andrew Perna

After making a series of trades and helping usher Alex Rodriguez out the door, Brian Cashman has the Yankees in much better position than they were just two weeks ago. Read more »
Grading The Deals: On The AL Trade Deadline

by John Watson

On the moves by the Rangers, Astros, A's, Yankees and Indians at the deadline, headlined by Jonathan Lucroy. Read more »
Grading The Deals: On The NL Trade Deadline

by John Watson

Matt Moore, Matt Duffy, Matt Kemp, Josh Reddick, Rich Hill, Jay Bruce and Mark Melancon were some of the big names to move at the deadline. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Giants Trade For Eduardo Nunez

by John Watson

A swap of a close-to-the-majors pitching prospect for a utility infielder having a banner season is pretty ho-hum stuff in and of itself, but the fact that it's the Giants who made the deal is a bit surprising, considering their biggest needs were rotation and bullpen help. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Aroldis Chapman Traded To Cubs

by John Watson

The Cubs did get better, but it's certainly not clear that they got that much better to warrant giving up what they did. For this deal to truly work out for the Cubs, the flags will need to actually fly. Read more »
Halfway To Home: Midseason Meanderings On AL Contenders

by John Watson

With a few more teams being little more than a sweep of a fellow Wild Card wannabe away from a playoff spot, there's more intrigue in the standings in the AL (eight teams fighting for two spots!!!), even if it means less excitement in the form of bodies on the block before the trade deadline. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Astros Sign Yulieski Gurriel To $47.5M Deal

by John Watson

The Astros jumped on an interesting player who was available with no strings attached other than cash money. If it works out, they address the so-called problems of figuring out where to play players or trading them later. Read more »
Halfway To Home: Midseason Meanderings On NL Contenders

by John Watson

On the Dodgers' rotation gamble, the Giants' old-school approach, the half-mortal Cubs, Washington's pitchers, Mets' issues, Pirates' cheapness, Cardinals' devil magic and whether the Marlins are for real. Read more »
Sweet Dingers, Sweet Relief: On the Orioles' Success

by John Watson

Baltimore's uptick in OBP means those dingers count for more a lot of the time and it's paying dividends for the Orioles' offense and giving them the runs they need to stay in and win games when their rotation needs help. Read more »
Under Pressure (Or Not?): On The Giants' Bullpen

by John Watson

The Giants' bullpen isn't that different from last season, but they have been the weakest part of their team even with all of the injuries to their everyday lineup. Read more »

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