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2020 Bill James Handbook Review via The Joe Sheehan Newsletter

The Joe Sheehan Newsletter Vol. 11, No. 114 November 12, 2019 The day after the World Series ended was Halloween, and I had to be in Brooklyn early to see TWCFG’s class performance. It was the capper to an incredibly hectic few days, and I was sleepwalking when I arrived home that afternoon. Sitting by […]

Stark: The 10 numbers that defined baseball in 2019, revisited

We’d love to tell you that back on Opening Day, we saw all of this coming. Then again, we’d also love to tell you we saw all the Powerball numbers coming, too. Neither would be quite true, unfortunately. But you know what we did see coming? A bunch of cool trends we rounded up seven […]

How Drop Depth Affects Our View Of Quarterbacks

While watching a game, most of us are at least peripherally aware of the effect that a play’s design has on the outcome. Obviously, there are many facets to that, but one that has an almost immediate impact is the depth of a quarterback’s drop. Typically we think of this in terms of one-, three-, […]

Should the Jacksonville Jaguars sign Vernon Hargreaves?

Anytime a player who was a first-round NFL Draft selection only a few short years ago is released by a team, the chatter starts.  “Should (insert team name) sign him?”  Such is the case for cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, who on Tuesday was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers only a few years after they […]

Christian Yelich’s run game and other lessons from Bill James Handbook

So much happens during the World Series — and there’s always another game to look ahead to until the final one — that a lot of small, important plays get lost in the big-picture takes. Two plays, quickly forgotten in aftermath of Stephen Strasburg‘s mastery and Anthony Rendon‘s brilliance and Howie Kendrick‘s home run and […]

The Cowboys’ trade for Michael Bennett already looks like the steal of the NFL season

The 2019 NFL tradeline was a dud. There were no blockbuster trades on deadline day and the days leading up to it saw only a handful of contributing players switch teams. In my post recapping the trades, I wrote: “The NFL landscape hasn’t changed much over the last few days.” I may have been wrong. […]

For better or worse: Eighteen MLB free agents who can make an impact with their defense

When people look at free-agent position players, they often consider them in terms of what they bring with their bats and focus less on what they do in the field. We’re here to reverse that and provide a more complete picture. This is intended to be a look at which free agents could be most […]

Derek Carr is getting too much credit for the Raiders’ offensive success (again)

We spent the last two years laughing at Jon Gruden seemingly stumble his way through the task of rebuilding a Raiders team that crashed back down to earth after a brief resurgence led to a playoff appearance in 2016. For at least a moment, the jokes will have to stop. After an exhilarating 31-24 win […]

Decision Making & Excitement In First Half Of The NFL Season

At the start of the season, Sports Info Solutions did a detailed study about the different elements that go into fourth down decision making and a number of other win probability related topics. And now, with more than half the season in the books, we can start to take a look back and see if […]

World’s Best Preview: Rise of the ‘Elgatron’

To get an appreciation for Elgton Jenkins’ rookie season, let’s start with the most rudimentary measuring stick. Playing time. Only 10 rookie offensive linemen in the entire league have played half of their team’s offensive snaps. Jenkins, despite watching most of the first two games from the sideline behind veteran Lane Taylor, is in that […]

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