Baseball Analysis

A Little Unfair: On The Astros' Rotation Riches

by John Watson

May 18, 2018 1:10 PM

The Astros' rotation almost certainly won't be this good all year long, but it's worth admiring just how good they've been to this point, because they are historically good right now, just as their offense was last year. Read more »

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We Are Young: On The Atlanta Braves' Hot Start

by John Watson

May 8, 2018 3:57 PM

The Braves look like they're ahead of schedule and it might be sooner than we think that they can start to flex a little bit of financial muscle and fans of other teams go back to abhorring the Braves again. The 90s are making a comeback, after all. Read more »

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Early Returns On The National League Favorites

by John Watson

Apr 24, 2018 2:26 PM

The NL standings are off to a particularly jarring start, with not one of the teams that almost everyone predicted as a division winner (Nationals, Cubs, Dodgers) currently in the lead. Read more »

Tags: Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, Washington Nationals, IQ

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Predictions For The 2018 MLB Season (Bold, Tepid & Otherwise)

by John Watson

Predicting the regular season awards, division winners and what will happen in the always unpredictable October. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: AL East

by John Watson

How the Yankees, Red Sox, Rays, Jays and Orioles looked to improve this winter. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: NL East

by John Watson

On the Nationals, Mets, Braves, Phillies and Marlins. Read more »
Fantasy Baseball Draft Guide 2018

by Neema Hodjat

Mike Trout, Jose Altuve, Nolan Arenado, Mookie Betts and Paul Goldschmidt comprise our top-5 fantasy baseball players for 2018. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: AL Central

by John Watson

On how the Indians, White Sox, Twins, Tigers and Royals tackled their winter business. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: NL Central

by John Watson

On the moves the Cardinals and Brewers made to close the gap on the Cubs while the Pirates began their rebuild and the Reds did virtually nothing. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: AL West

by John Watson

On the moves the Angels, A's, Mariners and Rangers made to close the gap on the Astros. Read more »
Grading The Offseason: NL West

by John Watson

On the moves the Giants, D-Backs, Rockies and Padres made this offseason to try to catch up with the Dodgers. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Eric Hosmer Finally Finds A Home With Padres

by John Watson

Eric Hosmer is a healthy, younger-than-normal free agent who has had some excellent years and some not-so-excellent years and plays a non-premium defensive position. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Yu Darvish Finally Gets Deal With Cubs

by John Watson

While the Cubs didn't necessarily need to make a move as big as Yu Darvish, they did need to do something as they've failed to develop pitching internally. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Mets Sign Todd Frazier To Two-Year Deal

by John Watson

The Mets' ability to sign a player who could quite easily provide three wins worth of value next season for such a low-cost, short-term deal speaks volume about how awful this offseason is for the players. Read more »
Grading The Deals: Brewers Go All-In With Yelich, Cain Moves

by John Watson

The Brewers acquired Christian Yelich and Lorenzo Cain mere hours apart. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Pirates Trade Andrew McCutchen To Giants

by John Watson

The Giants have now given up significant chunks of their (already hurting) farm system to procure a couple of stars in decline in Andrew McCutchen and Evan Longoria. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Houston Aims To Repeat With Gerrit Cole Trade

by John Watson

The Astros traded away a number of moderately useful players for a singular pitcher. A pitcher who has Cy Young potential, but also has question marks. Read more »
Dog Days Of Winter: On MLB's Most Stagnant Offseason

by John Watson

There are a multitude of factors involved in how slow-moving this offseason has been. Read more »
2017 Year-End MLB Team Portfolio Rankings

by Andrew Perna & John Watson

The Astros, Dodgers, Yankees, Indians and Cubs comprise our top-5 as we enter 2018. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Marlins Trade Giancarlo Stanton To Yankees

by John Watson

While you could certainly make an argument that New York should have held out for next year's premium quality free agent bumper crop, the Yankees are hedging their bets at worse in trading for Giancarlo Stanton. Read more »

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