Baseball Analysis

A Treatise On The Omnipotence Of God (Of The KBO)

by John Watson

Apr 27, 2017 2:55 PM

Eric Thames is a 30-year-old baseball player whom most of us had forgotten about having success at an unprecedented level. Thames is a much improved player who radically improved his plate discipline and, if we're being honest, has had a heaping helping of luck, as well. Read more »

Tags: Milwaukee Brewers, IQ

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Earliest Returns: Mid-April MLB Awards

by John Watson

Apr 14, 2017 1:23 PM

Oh, the joys of early-season baseballing. An average player morphs into a baseball deity before your very eyes. Read more »

Tags: Cincinnati Reds, Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays, IQ

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Predictions For The 2017 MLB Season (Bold, Tepid & Otherwise)

by John Watson

Mar 31, 2017 1:59 PM

Here are some predictions for the 2017 season, organized by team. If we make enough; some safe, some crazy, surely, we'll get some right, right? Cue: the rumbling laughter of the baseball gods. Read more »

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Atlanta Braves, Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Cincinnati Reds, Cleveland Indians, Colorado Rockies, Detroit Tigers, Houston Astros, Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Los Angeles Dodgers, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers, Minnesota Twins, New York Mets, New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, Philadelphia Phillies, Pittsburgh Pirates, San Diego Padres, San Francisco Giants, Seattle Mariners, St. Louis Cardinals, Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, Toronto Blue Jays, Washington Nationals, IQ

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Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide 2017

by Neema Hodjat

Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Mookie Betts, Nolan Arenado and Kris Bryant headline our top-150 rankings for the 2017 Fantasy Baseball season. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: AL East

by John Watson

After an aggressive offseason, the Red Sox are the favorites to win the toughest division in the MLB even though any of the four teams could reach the playoffs. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: NL East

by John Watson

While the Nationals and Mets largely looked to maintain their spots atop the NL East, the Marlins, Phillies and Braves continued to rebuild. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: AL Central

by John Watson

On how the Indians spent wisely after nearly winning the World Series, rough winters for Detroit, Kansas City and Minnesota, as well as a good start to the White Sox rebuild. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: NL Central

by John Watson

On the Cubs' post-World Series offseason, quiet winters for the Cardinals and Pirates, along with the rebuilding projects for the Reds and Brewers. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: AL West

by John Watson

Where the Astros sprinted out of the offseason gate and then relaxed, the Mariners did the started off sprinting and never stopped. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: NL West

by John Watson

The Dodgers and Giants continued to improve this offseason, and the Rockies tried to do enough to be in position for the Wildcard, the D-Backs and Padres made moves for the long-term. Read more »
Why Trevor Hoffman Didn't Make the Hall of Fame

by Sonny Hughey

Trevor Hoffman deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, but his place in Cooperstown is on hold due to the lack of a statistical benchmark for closers. We've fixed that. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Dozier Deal Dead, Dodgers Trade De Leon For Forsythe

by John Watson

After a rumor-fueled offseason where the Dodgers were attempting to pry Brian Dozier away from the Twins, they decided the asking cost was too much and settled for a trade with the Rays which brings them Logan Forsythe to take over duties at 2B instead. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Mark Trumbo Re-Signs With Orioles

by John Watson

Mark Trumbo's contract came in below what a lot of folks initially thought it might, but the market for players like him just doesn't exist like it used to thanks to shifts in the thinking of front offices around the league. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Jose Bautista Stays With Toronto On One-Year Deal

by John Watson

Jose Bautista was surely underpaid during his previous time in Toronto, but there's no denying the fact that age is more than just a number when it comes to contracts. Read more »
Grading The Deal Roundup: Smyly In Seattle, Casilla Back In Oakland

by John Watson

The Mariners are plowing through their farm system, uprooting everything in the hopes that they can turn their team into a contender now. Read more »
Grading The Deals: On The Mariners' Recent Trades

by John Watson

The Mariners acquired Yovani Gallardo and Jarrod Dyson to wake up the sleepy, holiday hot stove. Do these trades move the needle for Seattle, or is Jerry Dipoto just tinkering? Read more »
2016 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The Cubs won the 2016 World Series but they rank behind the Dodgers and Red Sox in terms of the value of their collective assets. Read more »
Grading The Deal Roundup: Eaton Trade; Dodgers Sign Jansen, Turner

by John Watson

On the Nationals trading for Adam Eaton from the White Sox and the Dodgers signing Kenley Jensen and Justin Turner. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Red Sox (Un)Surprisingly Trade For Chris Sale

by Andrew Perna

While it came as a surprise that the Red Sox won the Chris Sale sweepstakes, the architect of the trade has a long history of blockbuster trades. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Rich Hill To Dodgers, Mark Melancon To Giants

by John Watson

The Dodgers struck first, signing Rich Hill to a three-year, $48 million deal and then the Giants made their move, signing Mark Melancon to a four-year, $62 million deal. Both moves are interesting and risky, albeit in different ways. Read more »

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