Baseball Analysis

Ground Control: The Improved Billy Hamilton

by John Watson

Aug 25, 2016 6:10 PM

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 »

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, IQ

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The Kind Of Curious Case Of Carlos Gomez

by John Watson

Aug 23, 2016 6:27 PM

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 »

Tags: Houston Astros, Texas Rangers, IQ

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Something's Cooking In Colorado

by John Watson

Aug 18, 2016 2:00 PM

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 »

Tags: Colorado Rockies, IQ

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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 »
Ian Desmond, Resurgent Ranger

by John Watson

It was clear the Rangers were getting a great one-year deal on Ian Desmondís services at $8 million for the year. What wasn't clear at that point whether Desmond would make the switch from shortstop to the outfield successfully or whether his hitting would improve after a rough 2015. Read more »
Addicted To Chaos: On Steven Wright And Knuckleballin'

by John Watson

In a time when pitchers are throwing harder and harder, when teams are always on the lookout for the next Moneyball-style advantage, we'll see more pitchers joining this exclusive club and bringing a little more chaos to the masses. Read more »
In Defense Of The Cubs' Scary Starters

by John Watson

The Cubs' rotation has all been pitching better than you would expect based on their raw numbers. The defense is certainly helping the cause and maybe there's some catcher magic going on. Whatever they are doing, if they keep on doing it, this team is going to be scary come October. Read more »
Pirate Power: On the Bucs' Beastly Batters

by John Watson

The Pirates are contending because they have a smart front office who makes due with the financial realities that face their team. The way in which the Bucs are contending this year is a bit surprising, at least when compared to their recent templates for success. Read more »
Hit Me Baby, One More Time: Appreciating Ichiro

by John Watson

There is a real Ichirenaissance going on in Miami with Ichrio hitting .323/.388/.376 and putting up his best numbers in years with him being even more selective and hitting the ball harder than ever. Read more »
The Mets' Amazin' Offseason

by John Watson

The Mets re-signed Yoenis Cespedes for at least a year, popped off a good looking trade for Neil Walker and signed Asdrubal Cabrera, three moves that have worked out exceptionally well. Read more »

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