Baseball Analysis

2018 ALCS Preview: Houston Astros Vs. Boston Red Sox

by John Watson

Oct 12, 2018 2:57 PM

The ALCS is a thing of beauty with two regular-season behemoths fighting for a spot in the World Series. Read more »

Tags: Boston Red Sox, Houston Astros, IQ

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2018 NLCS Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Milwaukee Brewers

by John Watson

Oct 10, 2018 6:54 PM

The Brewers certainly have the better bullpen and defense, but pretty basically everything else tilts in favor of the Dodgers. Read more »

Tags: Los Angeles Dodgers, Milwaukee Brewers, IQ

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Baseball In A Nutshell: AL Wild Card Preview

by John Watson

Oct 3, 2018 10:48 AM

The 2018 Athletics are basically a microcosm of baseball in 2018, built on the twin foundations of dingers and a lockdown bullpen. Read more »

Tags: New York Yankees, Oakland Athletics, IQ

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Loose Ends: On The NL Tiebreakers And Wild Card Game

by John Watson

On the glorious nonsense of the double one-game playoffs and the NL Wild Card Game. Read more »
Mayhaps Valid Predictions: Thoughts On The MLB MVP Awards

by John Watson

On the Mookie Betts versus Mike Trout race in the AL and the wideopen race in the NL. Read more »
Pitch Perfection: Cy Young Award Predictions

by John Watson

On the candidates including Blake Snell, Jacob deGrom, Chris Sale, Aaron Nola and more. Read more »
Rookie Rankings: Predictions For The Young Man's MVP Award

by John Watson

Breaking down the candidates and why Shohei Ohtani and Ronald Acuna are the favorites. 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 »
Let's Call The Whole Thing Off: On Washington's Waiver Deals

by John Watson

Things have not gone well for Washington this season, that much is clear. Some of the blame can be lain at the feet of the baseball gods, but some should probably also be attributed to the humans in the front office. Read more »
Oakland Stroke: On The Hottest Team In The MLB

by John Watson

While the A's have have caught some breaks, they don't really look lucky, as it were. After all, as they say, luck is the residue of some smart folks building a competitive team on a shoestring budget. Read more »
Grading The MLB Trade Deadline: The Biggest Winners And Losers

by John Watson

Picking out the best of the best (Dodgers and Twins) and the worst of the worst (Astros). Read more »
Grading The Deal Roundup: The Search For Reliever Relief

by John Watson

The Indians, Cubs and A's have traded for relievers. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Dodgers Win Manny Machado Derby

by John Watson

The Dodgers added a legitimate superstar before the trade deadline and now have one of the deepest lineups in all of baseball without compromising the long-term. Read more »
Down And Out In The AL Central: Cleveland And Flotsam

by John Watson

Whether it's something silly like trading for Manny Machado or something slightly more sensible like upgrading the bullpen, the Indians will surely do something to improve their October odds. Read more »
Worry Index: Are The Yankees In Trouble?

by John Watson

Barring a complete and historic collapse, yes, the Yankees will make the postseason. But we have long lived in a world where Yankees fans expect more than the postseason, more than a pennant. Read more »
Grading The Deal: Nationals Nab Kelvin Herrera To Improve Bullpen

by John Watson

With almost two weeks of June baseball remaining, the Nationals and Royals did something we don't usually see quite this early in the season: they made an actual trade of import. Read more »
Seattle Hunch: On The Mariners' Playoff Positioning

by John Watson

The Mariners have put themselves in an extremely good position so far this season, and they have plenty of players who could improve if some of the players who have been leading the charge take a step back. Read more »
All Betts Are On: On Mookie's Superlative Start

by John Watson

Mookie Betts has been putting up numbers that could make the "best player in baseball" conversation more interesting. Read more »
Sergio Romo Opens the Opener Door

by John Watson

Prior to this weekend, Sergio Romo had appeared in 588 games, but had never started one. After this weekend, he has officially started two, and has brought the term "opener" into modern parlance. Read more »
A Little Unfair: On The Astros' Rotation Riches

by John Watson

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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