Friday, September 18, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 18, 2020 -- "The Playoff-Bound White Sox"

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"Robert’s emergence has helped the White Sox become one of the best defensive teams in baseball, a key to their season so far. Only the Cardinals and Dodgers have a larger gap between their ERA and their FIP, indicating teams whose pitchers are getting, through some mix of luck and defense, better results than expected. During their rebuild, the Sox saw their Defensive Efficiency drop from third in MLB in 2017 to 21st last year. Now, no one is tracking DER in 2020, but we can use BABIP as a loose proxy; the Sox have jumped from 19th in BABIP allowed, .303, to fourth (.275)."
 
 

Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 15, 2020 -- "The Wrong Choice"

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"Craig Counsell doesn’t have to turn Josh Hader into 1986 Mark Eichhorn. On September 14, though, with the Brewers fighting for their season, with them holding a one-run lead in the last inning, with Hader having thrown 14 2/3 innings in 53 days, with the middle of the other team’s lineup up, he has to be able to call on the most dominant reliever we’ve ever seen to get three outs, even if he’d made the same request three hours prior."

Monday, September 14, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 14, 2020 -- "Around the League"

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"It’s fair to not assign as much meaning to these last two weeks as we might to this type of finish in another year. However, if you put your blinders on and just enjoy it for what it is, the race for the NL playoffs should be entertaining, if not necessarily good. Nearly every day will feature multiple games between teams in this group, ones scrambling for 29 wins and the chance to assemble a two-game winning streak at the right time."

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 10, 2020 -- "Thinking Inside the Box, 29-9 Edition"

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"We can know that RBIs aren’t the best measure of a player while still staring in awe at a '9' in that column. There have been just 41 times in recorded baseball history that a player has driven in at least nine runs a game -- about once every three years or so. Duvall is the first since Mark Reynolds drove in ten for the Nationals a bit more than two seasons ago. He’s the second Brave to do so, tying Tony Cloninger’s team record set in the famous two-slam game in 1966."

Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 9, 2020 -- "The Rays"

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"The Rays have lost nearly an entire bullpen -- Jose Alvarado, Chaz Roe, Jalen Beeks, Oliver Drake, and Andrew Kittredge -- but have replenished the group on the fly with free talent pickups like John Curtiss (16/2 K/BB in 15 2/3 innings, free agent), Ryan Thompson (3.98 ERA in 18 appearances, Rule 5 pick), and Pete Fairbanks (2.41 ERA in 19 appearances, minor trade addition)."
 

Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 8, 2020 -- "September Worn"

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"The Astros and Yankees have both seen injuries chip away at their short-season upside, and in recent days, have had some ugly bullpen collapses shake up the AL postseason standings. With the new postseason format, though, their true chances at a championship have barely moved at all. They’re both overwhelming favorites to make the playoffs, and once there will face the same daunting best-ofs math that all 16 teams will face. In their favor is that over the next few weeks, some of the best players in baseball -- and lesser, but still good ones -- will be returning to their regular roles in Houston and the Bronx."

Saturday, September 5, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 5, 2002 -- "The White-Hot Dodgers"

 

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"I’ve said a few times that the 2020 Dodgers might be the best team ever, and that the curtailed season will prevent us from seeing that idea come to fruition. All they can do is play the games they’re allowed to play, however, and their 30-10 start has put them in range of some of the best 60-game stretches in baseball history."
 

Thursday, September 3, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 3, 2020 -- "Tom Seaver, 1944-2020"

 

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"There are some baseball greats on this list, but they played a different version of the sport than did Tom Terrific. Cy Young and Kid Nichols pitched the earliest parts of their careers from a distance of 50 feet to the plate. Only Lefty Grove pitched most of his career after the game changed to bring more power in after 1919. Seaver is clearly the best pitcher born in the 20th century -- taking that title from Warren Spahn along the way --  and given what we know about the evolution of baseball, that made him comfortably the best pitcher who had ever lived as of the 1980s."
 

Tuesday, September 1, 2020

Newsletter Excerpt, September 1, 2020 -- "The Trades"

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"The Indians, whether out of frugality or pique, traded a #2 starter with #1 upside for a grab bag of guys who might be three-win players if things go well. It’s not that there was no case for trading Clevinger; it’s that what they got in return simply isn’t good enough."