Written by OWEN POINDEXTER Major League Baseball has identified a problem: The game lacks movement. The league wants to see more hits, more baserunners, more action, more chaos. MLB has also identified a culprit, a defensive system that regularly absorbs the impact of its more fearsome hitters like a tai chi master gracefully neutralizing a […]
Written by Jason B. Hirschhorn Already trailing 14-3 before the end of the first quarter, the Arizona Cardinals needed to string together some positive plays in order to claw back into the ballgame. Mike McCoy, the Cardinals’ embattled offensive coordinator, had struggled all season to establish a rhythm with rookie quarterback Josh Rosen and now […]
Our own Alex Vigderman wrote an article for Football Outsiders that introduces SIS’s Total Points metric to the public.
Written by JAYSON STARK What if baseball banned The Shift? We don’t ask that question because we’re looking for clicks. We don’t even ask it because we’re trying to get invited to the potentially epic End of the Shift party at Matt Carpenter’s house. We ask because it feels, all of a sudden, as though […]
Written by JEFF SULLIVAN I’m going to remind you that, last season, the league-average catcher posted an 84 wRC+. The league-average position player posted a 100 wRC+. By definition, it is always 100. Catchers, by and large, cannot hit. Robinson Chirinos hit pretty well as the Rangers’ regular catcher, notching a 103 wRC+ in his […]
Written by CHRISTOPHER SMITH The Red Sox re-signed right-handed hitting first baseman Steve Pearce on Nov. 16 and likely will return an almost identical lineup in 2019. “You never know what ends up taking place but we’re really, as far as positional players, pretty well set,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. […]
Written by DAVID SCHOENFIELD The buzz on Thursday had trade talks between the Seattle Mariners and New York Mets involving Robinson Cano and Edwin Diaz heating up hotter than a thousand suns, with reports Thursday night that the sides are closing in on a deal. Names proffered about from the Mets’ side include recent No. […]
Written by JARED DUBIN Two first-place teams on Thursday Night Football? Yes, please! Both the Cowboys and Saints played a week ago on Thanksgiving, with each of them coming away with a win over a division rival. Dallas has won three straight games after looking like their season might be over a few weeks back, […]