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Not Feeling Satisfied: On Boston's Sign Stealing Punishment

by John Watson

Apr 27, 2020 11:53 AM

Just because there's other, more important things going down, that doesn't mean we should ignore the fact that MLB has basically failed to establish clear standards of accountability when it comes to enforcing its rules. Read more »

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A Serious Conversation About Sign Stealing in Baseball

by John Watson

Jan 16, 2020 11:26 AM

MLB basically turned a blind eye to sign stealing, hoping that it wouldn't become a major issue. Kind of like how they handled things during the Steroid Era. Read more »

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros

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Grading The Deal: Yankees Embrace Their Inner Yankee, Sign Gerrit Cole

by John Watson

Dec 12, 2019 11:02 AM

Even if Gerrit Cole's deserving of the accolades sent his way over the last couple years, this sort of mammoth contract to a pitcher still might seem crazy at first glance. Read more »

Tags: Houston Astros, New York Yankees, IQ

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A National Treasure: On The 2019 World Champion Washington Nationals

by John Watson

After a truly fascinating and, at times, pretty bizarre series, the Nationals are your 2019 champs. They upset the preseason and pre-series favorite Astros and, in doing so, have lain claim to the first title for the franchise. Read more »
2019 World Series Preview: Houston Astros Vs. Washington Nationals

by John Watson

The Astros have the edge in both their lineup and their bullpen. But it wouldn't be surprising if the Nationals and their ridiculous rotation were able to pull off the upset. The only thing that we're certain about? This is a pitching matchup for the ages. Read more »
2019 ALCS Preview: Houston Astros Vs. New York Yankees

by John Watson

Regardless of who wins it, this should be a great series between the two best teams left in the mix and should go the distance as it did in 2017. Read more »
2019 ALDS Preview: Houston Astros Vs. Tampa Bay Rays

by John Watson

The Rays make an extremely interesting challenge for the Astros, despite all of Houston's strengths. Read more »
RIYL: A Cinematic Rooting Guide To The 2019 MLB Playoffs

by John Watson

Before we dig deep into the statistics, let's help out the fans who are not fortunate enough to have their team playing past this weekend make up their minds about who to cheer for in the coming weeks. Read more »
Marginally Vociferous Predictions: Thoughts On MLB's MVP Races

by John Watson

It's been a rough September over here in the land of predicting MVP awards, with two of the leading candidates, one for each league, suffering injuries that could take them out of the running. Read more »
Rookie Regalia: Predictions For Fledgling MLBer Awards

by John Watson

On why Pete Alonso and Yordan Alvarez are the favorites to win Rookie of the Year. Read more »
Prospective Predictions: On September's Most Critical Call-Ups

by John Watson

While it's pretty tough (read: impossible) to predict the instant major league success of a prospect, that doesnít mean it isnít worth doing. Read more »
Air Yordan: On the Brilliant Season of Yordan Alvarez

by John Watson

Yordan Alvarez is having the best rookie season by wRC+ in baseball's modern era. There are caveats here, obviously, but they really only apply to what might happen going forward, rather than his extremely remarkable start. Read more »
2019 Trade Deadline: Winners, Losers And WTFers

by John Watson

The first consolidated trade deadline came and went, and it couldnít have happened during a weirder year. Read more »
Favorite Things: An American League Midseason Baseball Revue

by John Watson

The Yankees, Astros and Twins will enter the All-Star break as our top-3 in the American League. Read more »
Predictions For The 2019 MLB Season (Bold, Tepid & Otherwise)

by John Watson

Some rankings, thoughts and predictions for the 2019 season, all of which will certainly come to pass and which we will in no way regret in the future. Read more »
Grading The 2019 Offseason: AL West

by John Watson

The 2019 offseason for the Angels, A's, Astros and Rangers was notable in how quiet it was, while the Mariners decided to engage in a more serious roster rebuild. Read more »
Miles Ahead: On the Surprisingly Interesting Wade Miley Signing

by John Watson

Don't gloss over Houston's signing of Wade Miley. It could prove to be very meaningful for one of baseball's leading contenders. Read more »
2018 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The Red Sox, Astros and Dodgers comprise this year's top-3 with the Yankees and Cubs right behind them. Read more »
2018 ALCS Preview: Houston Astros Vs. Boston Red Sox

by John Watson

The ALCS is a thing of beauty with two regular-season behemoths fighting for a spot in the World Series. Read more »
Postseason Prospects: Thoughts On The MLB Playoff Races

by John Watson

While there is only one truly interesting race in the AL, the National League has come to the rescue this year and offers a veritable cornucopia of tantalizing scenarios. Read more »

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