Baseball Analysis

20/20 Hindsight: The Diamondbacks Won the Trade Deadline

by John Watson

Sep 22, 2017 5:40 PM

The Diamondbacks took advantage of a weak market for J.D. Martinez and got him for a relative song. Since his first at bat as a Diamondback on July 19, Martinez has been one of the best players in baseball. Read more »

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Can't Stop, Won't Stop: On The Indians' Ridiculous Streak

by John Watson

Sep 15, 2017 1:22 PM

The Indians have have outscored their opponents 142-37, for a run differential of +105. In. Three. Weeks. Read more »

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Almost Home: A Quick Look At the NL Wild Card Race

by John Watson

Sep 11, 2017 4:04 PM

For much of the season, we've been looking at a Diamondbacks-Rockies Wild Card game but the Brewers, Cardinals and Cubs could still make a run. Read more »

Tags: Arizona Diamondbacks, Chicago Cubs, Colorado Rockies, Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, IQ

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A Beautiful Mess: On The Crazy AL Wild Card Race

by John Watson

Only three teams are truly out of the Wild Card race, which will make the finals weeks of the season a glorious mess. Here's how we're sorting it out. Read more »
To V Or Not To V: Should The Astros Trade For Justin Verlander?

by John Watson

Barring getting fleeced by Detroit, Houston should grab the best pitcher still available and give their lineup a little bit of help for the inevitable postseason. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Lucroy, Wilson/Avila, Garcia

by John Watson

On Jonathan Lucroy to the Rockies, Justin Wilson and Alex Avila to the Cubs, and Jaime Garcia to the Yankees. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Eduardo Nunez, Anthony Swarzak, Pat Neshek

by John Watson

On Eduardo Nunez to the Red Sox, Anthony Swarzak to the Brewers and Pat Neshek to the Rockies. Read more »
Grading The Deal: The Royals And Padres' Arms Deal

by John Watson

The Royals added three pitchers to their roster in Trevor Cahill, Brandon Maurer and Ryan Buchter as they look to make one last run with this group. Read more »
Grading the Deal: Yankees Go For It Trading For Todd Frazier

by John Watson

While Todd Frazier might be the biggest name moving and he certainly patches a glaring hole, he's not the most important part of the deal as the Yankees also improved their bullpen. Read more »
Welcome To The Jungle: On The Resurgent Dodgers

by John Watson

The Dodgers definitely look like the deepest and most complete team in the National League and may have even figured out the formula to getting over their oh so elusive NLCS hump. Read more »
The Hangover, Part II: What the Dickens Is Up With The Cubs' Offense

by John Watson

The Cubs are still, with good reason, the favorite in the NL Central, but their lineup is far from as intimidating as it was during their ridiculous run last year. Here's what's been different. Read more »
Great Balls of Tire Fire: On the Nationals' Bullpen

by John Watson

The Nationals were primed for a repeat postseason trip, but they didn't do anything about their closer situation or bullpen depth and, while we sort of saw this coming, it's still disheartening. Read more »
Zack Attack: On Cozart's Season, Injury And Trade Value

by John Watson

Zack Cozart's 2017 season has been on the "Walk-Year; Must Write About" list for a minute. Only making $5.325 million this season, Cozart is one of the most tantalizing players (if not the best) available before the trade deadline. Read more »
The Hangover: Checking In On The Indians' Pitching

by John Watson

The Indians are a .500 team after nearly winning the World Series. We check in on how Andrew Miller, Cody Allen, Corey Kluber and company. Read more »
Sneak Peak: On the Rockies' Not So Rocky Start

by John Watson

With a gaggle of young, cost-controlled pitchers who don't look out of their element pitching at altitude, the Rockies continue to play like a playoff team. Read more »
Red Sox Roll: The (David) Price Is Right

by John Watson

While it's too early to say whether David Price will stay healthy, much less what sort of season he is going to have, his very presence on the mound couldn't have come at a better time for the Red Sox. Read more »
Hope On The Range: Is Texas Turning It Around?

by John Watson

The Rangers saved their season with a 10-game win streak, but we're going to have to wait a bit to see whether they're for real, because there are some serious questions surrounding a lot of their players. Read more »
Appreciating The Underappreciated: The Astros' Marwin Gonzalez

by John Watson

If he keeps hitting like this, Marwin Gonzalez will transform from a "useful utility/bench player" to a "Swiss Army knife/Ben Zobrist-like player." Read more »
Is The Yankees' Offense Really This Good?

by John Watson

By most standards, New York started off the year as fringe contenders but their offense has given them a huge boost behind Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Sartlin Castro and Jacoby Ellsbury. Read more »
Just How Bad Off Are The Giants?

by John Watson

The Giants need some things to start improving immediately if they aren't going to punt the season and there are a mess of things (the loss of Bumgarner, the lack of power, iffy rotation, etc.), that they can't really do anything about. Read more »

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