Continuing with my “Blind Comparisons” series, today I will compare two different sets of position players, a pair of outfielders and a pair of first baseman. Like before, I will list some select statistics that paint a general picture of each player, followed by a brief analysis of the two. Feel free to decide which player you would prefer; there is no right or wrong answer. I do this exercise simply to demonstrate that there are reasonable alternatives to some of the more household names around the MLB. In name, choosing one over the other may be an easy choice, but based on production, the gap between the two is closed considerably. At the end of this article, I will list the names of the four players along with the teams that they play for. Continue reading Blind Comparisons: May 26th, 2016
Beginning this evening, I will be posting monthly and cumulative player updates for the MLB season based on the major Award categories in each league (MVP, Cy Young, Gold Glove, Silver Slugger). These updates, however, will be based on one stat, that stat being whichever I deem to be the most encompassing for the given award category. The list is not exhaustive, but it does provide a general understanding of where certain players stand as we progress through the regular season. Rankings will be determined as follows:
MVP, Top 3 per league, Total fWAR
Cy Young, Top 3 per league, Total fWAR
Silver Slugger, Winner and Runner-up for each league, Offensive WAR
Gold Glove, Winner and Runner-up for each league, Defensive WAR (monthly), Total UZR (cumulative)
40 games deep signifies the one-quarter mark of the MLB regular season, a point in which sample sizes are large enough to develop a solid understanding of each teams’ strengths and weaknesses. Therefore, I have decided to come up with my own power rankings based on each team’s current production, as well as for their outlook moving forward. Below are the current standings, followed by my full 30-team power rankings and a brief explanation. Continue reading Quarter-Season Power Rankings
Jose Altuve, second baseman for the Houston Astros, currently has 9 home runs in just 115 at-bats to begin the 2016 season. This would put him on pace for 50 home runs through 162 games (Altuve has played all 29 of the Astros’ games through the first month). It goes without saying that this number is probably unattainable for Altuve; however, I would like to put evidence out there as to why even half that number, 25 regular season home runs, may be a stretch for the all-star second baseman.
Entering the 2014-2015 off-season, there was plenty of speculation that Japanese pitching star Kenta Maeda would be posted by his team, the Hiroshima Carp. While he did not end up hitting the free agent market that off-season, however, he was posted this past year prior to the start of the 2016 MLB season. Once expected to net a contract in the 4 to 5 year and $60 to $90 million range, his earning power was sapped by a strong free agent class and lack of true dominating stuff. Ultimately, he signed an 8-year $25 million deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers, though this deal includes plenty of innings pitched and games started incentives that can bring the total contract value to about $106.5 million (http://www.baseballprospectus.com/compensation/cots/nl-west/los-angeles-dodgers/).
An activity I like to do, and that I will likely post to this blog periodically, is to take two unnamed players and compare them statistically. This allows the reader to create an unbiased opinion of each, to see which is the better player, which is the riskier player, or simply who they would rather have on their team. It is a concept that can apply to real-life player analysis (though not completely accurate without providing a pitch repertoire), or to make simple fantasy team decisions. So without further delay, here are the stats of the two players who I have chosen to compare today, both right-handed pitchers.
The following is an article written back at the end of August, 2015. It includes an evaluation of where Ben Cherington went right and wrong during his tenure as the Red Sox’s GM.
At the end of the 2012 season, with the Red Sox coming off of a September collapse that cost them a playoff berth, Theo Epstein chose to leave and become the Executive of Baseball Operations for the rebuilding Chicago Cubs, leaving the door open for Ben Cherington to make his mark on Red Sox Nation.