Today we continue our off-season preview series with a glimpse at the AL West, which has the potential for a number of interesting moves before the 2019 season. Here, we discuss how the Astros might go about assembling their best… Read More ›
Month: November 2018
2018 Off-Season Preview: AL Central
Today, we continue our off-season preview series with a look at the AL Central. After a historically abysmal year for the division, the off-season brings some potential excitement for the teams looking to bounce back in 2019. A partial rebuild… Read More ›
2018 Off-Season Preview: AL East
Do the Orioles have a chance of overtaking the Red Sox for the division title next year? (Spoiler: No.)
Club-Friendly Contracts: The Best Players Who Aren’t Cashing In (Part I: AL East)
Which players give you the best (or not so great) bang for your buck?
2018 Trades: The Worst of the Worst
A few weeks ago, I examined the five best trades from the 2018 trade deadline. Unfortunately, not every trade can be a winner. A great example from 2017 is the Yankees’ trade for Sonny Gray. The Yankees traded three highly-ranked prospects for former all-star Sonny Gray. Since coming to New York, Gray’s performance has been nothing short of disappointing, accumulating an ERA of 4.51 and a FIP of 4.40. Disastrous trades, like this one, happen every season and they can greatly damage teams in the hunt for a championship. Here are the five worst trades of 2018 based on the performance of the traded player and the perceived potential of the players given up.
American League Award Predictions: Questionable ROY Edition
With awards season in full swing, we decided to do a little award voting of our own here at M-SABR. We voted for MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year in both leagues and below are the results from… Read More ›
National League Award Predictions: deGOAT Reigns Supreme
With awards season in full swing, we decided to do a little award voting of our own here at M-SABR. We voted for MVP, Cy Young, and Rookie of the Year in both leagues and below are the results from our award voting, in which 18 members of M-SABR participated. Voters were asked to choose their top 10 players for MVP, top 5 for Cy Young, and top 3 for Rookie of the Year. Here are the results.
Time to Change it Up: An Examination of Changeup Usage and Effectiveness from 2015-2018
A 2010 study conducted by Dave Allen over at The Baseball Analysts suggested that all else equal, pitchers should try to avoid throwing their changeups to same-handed hitters and should be more willing to throw their changeups to opposite-handed hitters. 2010 was nearly a decade ago and baseball statistics, technology, and data manipulation have come quite far since then, so we figured we would investigate Allen’s claim that a changeup thrown to an opposite-handed hitter should be more effective than one thrown to a same-handed hitter. What we found was not what we expected.
AL Gallardo Awards: Honoring the Worst Players in Baseball
Traditional awards spend too much time acknowledging baseball’s best performances, let’s take a look at the other end of the spectrum in honor of Yovani Gallardo!
NL Gallardo Awards: Honoring the Worst Players in Baseball
At the end of every season, the baseball media likes to focus on the league’s best players, going as far as honoring them after the season with arbitrary awards, based on meaningless things like “performance.” But these awards neglect some… Read More ›