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Grading The Deal: Mike Moustakas Finally Settles Down In Cincinnati

by John Watson

Dec 3, 2019 11:29 AM

It's refreshing to see teams that are on the cusp of contending like the Reds sign a player who makes their team better to a pretty much totally reasonable contract. Read more »

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Grading The Deal: Yasmani Grandal, White Sox Sign Four-Year, $73M Deal

by John Watson

Nov 22, 2019 9:11 AM

The price is a completely sensible one for one of the best catchers in the game, even if Yasmani Grandal is on the wrong end of the aging curve. Read more »

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Choose Wisely: The Top-10 MLB Free Agents Of 2019

by John Watson

Nov 12, 2019 10:02 AM

Behind Gerrit Cole coming off a historical walk year, we have Antony Rendon, Stephen Strasburg, Yasmani Grandal and Josh Donaldson headlining the 2019-20 MLB free agency class. Read more »

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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 NLCS Preview: Washington Nationals Vs. St. Louis Cardinals

by John Watson

Washington certainly has the edge on offense and, on paper, the rotation. But their rotation strength is going to be tested by their lack of a bullpen, an area where the Cardinals certainly get the nod. 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 »
2019 ALDS Preview: New York Yankees Vs. Minnesota Twins

by John Watson

While the Twins are an excellent team, and clearly much easier to root for as a neutral than the Yankees, there's not really any individual area that you can say Minnesota has a clear cut advantage over New York. Read more »
2019 NLDS Preview: Los Angeles Dodgers Vs. Washington Nationals

by John Watson

If there's any team best suited to keeping the Dodgers from pulling off a three-peat of World Series appearances, it's the Nationals. But will they? Read more »
2019 NLDS Preview: Atlanta Braves Vs. St. Louis Cardinals

by John Watson

These are two extremely evenly matched teams even if their strengths and weaknesses lie in slightly different areas and may just cancel each other out. Read more »
Walk On The Wild Side: 2019 Wild Card Game Previews

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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 »
Perfect Pitch: 2019 Cy Young Award Predictions

by John Watson

With the regular season quickly winding down, we've got taut Cy Young races in both leagues. 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: A National League Midseason Baseball Revue

by John Watson

The Dodgers are unsurprisingly dominating the National League, followed by the Braves, Nationals, Cubs and Brewers. Read more »

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