Is This Finally the Angels Year?

Despite having a roster that has included some of the best and most recognizable players in baseball, the Los Angeles Angels of recent years have been stuck in mediocrity. The franchises "stars and scrubs" approach of roster construction has been unsuccessful as the team hasn't qualified for the postseason since 2014 and hasn't finished above... Continue Reading →

To Swing or Not to Swing

The offensive side of baseball is an ever-evolving subject that remains an unperfected craft. There are countless ways for teams and players to be successful at the plate. Different people have different perspectives on how to approach the game in the batter's box. As pitching continues to develop it is very important for offenses to remain... Continue Reading →

For Better or Worse: the New Philly Outfield

The lockout is over. The MLB season is happening. Spring Training is here. We finally got to witness the post-lockout transaction frenzy. Correa, Story, Freeman, Matt Chapman, and Jesse Winker have all moved teams since March 10th. The flurry of deals has definitely lived up to the hype. Among the teams making moves were the... Continue Reading →

Seattle Mariners Offseason Review

The Seattle Mariners surprised many during the 2021 season, finishing with a 90-72 record and only 2 games out of the American League Wild Card. While the -51 run differential might cause some to question the legitimacy of last season's success, the organization made it clear they meant business moving forward by their activity this... Continue Reading →

Platoon to the Moon!!!

The great Ty Cobb once said, “If a man pretends to be a major leaguer, he should stay in the lineup no matter who is pitching.”  This is coming from someone who was 1 of 2 guys to ever have over 4,000 MLB hits.  For the rest of the 99.99% who don’t have the highest... Continue Reading →

Shohei Ohtani’s Remarkable 2021 Season

While many were aware of Shohei Ohtani's two-way potential when he was posted by the Nippon-Ham Fighters back in the winter of 2017, few could have imagined it was possible for him to accomplish what he did during the 2021 season. It is certainly not unheard of for someone to enter pro-ball with two-way potential.... Continue Reading →

Thoughts on the Tigers Offseason

The initial weeks of Major League Baseball's offseason featured a flurry of activity as uncertainty surrounding the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement and a lockout loomed. Having been in a rebuild since the summer of 2017, there was significant progress made on the field during the 2021 season for the Detroit Tigers under first... Continue Reading →

Rays Offseason Plan 2022 (pt. 3)

Part 3 of this series will discuss a realistic free agency outlook and conclude with an overview of the team heading into the 2022 season. Free Agency: It's safe to say that the Rays are not in a position to be active in the market for some of the premier free agents this offseason. This... Continue Reading →

Zach Davies: What Changed?

In 2020, Zach Davies’ changeup was ranked #2/469 changeups based on run value.  In 2021 though, his changeup was dead last in the rankings at #590/590!  Many questions come to mind when you see such a drastic transformation like this. Did his changeup metrics like his movement differ from 2020-2021? Table 1 Table 1 displays... Continue Reading →

Rays Offseason Plan 2022 (pt. 2)

Part 2 of this series will cover the trade portion of the offseason. Something to note here: Various players mentioned before and now in Part 2 may have already been involved in a deal. These trades took place during the final stages of completing this project, so I plan to continue my discussion as if... Continue Reading →

Rays Offseason Plan 2022 (pt. 1)

The Rays may have the most offseason reshuffling ever for a team that won 100 games the previous season. The balance between fielding a competitive team and satisfying the budget constraints of ownership is a difficult one to manage. The harsh budget constraints faced by small-market teams like the Rays make the roster maintenance and... Continue Reading →

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