Sports are ultimately a team game, and that is incredibly apparent in baseball. As we’ve seen, no one player can single-handedly lead their team to a championship title; after all, Mike Trout has made the playoff just one time in his career! For this reason, most of the attention when it comes to predictions and projections surrounds around the teams. Who will win each division? … Continue reading Introducing The Award Index: A Simple Way To Forecast MLB MVP/Cy Young Voting
As baseball analysts shift towards evaluating players with advanced statistics, calculating a player’s overall value has become essential. To do so, the common fan uses Wins Above Replacement (WAR), a statistic that measures a player’s value compared to a replacement-level player- a 1 WAR player is worth about one win above a replacement-level player, for instance. The convenience of a “tell-it-all” statistic like WAR cannot … Continue reading Meet VOA, a Statistic That Captures an MLB Player’s Value Better Than WAR
When scouting pitching prospects, evaluators are tasked with giving a pitcher a grade on the 20-80 scale for each of their pitches. At the beginning, it was standard to only judge a pitcher on their velocity when looking at their pure “stuff”, but now, that appears to be changing. With more teams focusing on different aspects of pitch data, it’s clear that there is much … Continue reading Study: Looking at The Optimal Arsenal for a Pitcher- Which Pitchers Can Improve Their Pitch Usage?
We’ve officially gone through the top-ten position players at each position, so now, it’s time to look at who’ll they be facing off against; today, we’re going to analyze the game’s top-ten starting pitchers. Obviously, since there are roughly 1,500 pitchers who will occupy rotation spots, this is a very tough list to put together- only the elite pitchers were able to secure a spot … Continue reading 2020 MLB Top Ten: Starting Pitchers
Over the past couple weeks, there have been a flurry of MLB extensions. Whether players are wary of free agency. or teams are motivated to retain their players, 15 extensions have been signed since March 19th. Let’s analyze all of these extensions by ranking them in order of worst value to best value. #15- March 23rd: Astros Extend SP Justin Verlander Contract Details: 2 years, … Continue reading Ranking Best MLB Extensions
Thursday marked the start of yet another season of baseball With every season, comes new awards winners. Blake Snell and Christian Yelich, put together a surprising, yet strong group of award winners last season. Who will follow in their footsteps in 2019? Let’s discuss. We’ll go by least significant award to the main award. AL Comeback Player of the Year: Miguel Cabrera Due to a … Continue reading MLB Award Predictions
Now that we’ve done our top ten lists for all the position players, it’s time to take a look at the most controversial list of them all: the top ten starting pitchers. There is so much talent on this lists that several terrific pitchers did not make it. Notable omissions are AL Cy Young award winner Blake Snell, who had a 1.89 ERA last season, … Continue reading Top Ten Starting Pitchers
Now that the regular season is over, let’s take a look at the race for each MLB regular season award by projecting the three candidates and picking a winner. *This is based on who I think should win the awards rather than what will most likely happen AL Manager of the Year Third: Alex Cora, Boston Red Sox (108-54) Second: Bob Melvin, Oakland Athletics (97-65) … Continue reading Who Should Win Each MLB Award?
The Los Angeles Dodgers have won the Manny Machado sweepstakes. They have acquired the All-Star shortstop from the Orioles in a package headlined by prospect outfielder Yusniel Diaz. Machado, 26, was by far the most coveted trade target this season. He’s hitting .315/.387/.575 with 24 home runs. He’s set to become a free agent at the end of the year, so unless the Dodgers can … Continue reading The Dodgers Hit a Home Run By Acquiring Manny Machado