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Baseball Researcher Mark Simon on the Importance of MLB Stats & History

Statistics and history are integral components of baseball — more so than any other professional sport. The game is constantly be framed and re framed in numbers and narrative, with comparing the present to the past popular with fans and journalists alike. One of the foremost researchers, writers and analysts of baseball stats and history […]

Kieboom’s glove better than expected on both sides of infield

As much as the Nationals have gone out of their way to keep Carter Kieboom focused on learning how to play third base, the rookie infielder is actually spending a lot of time on the other side of the diamond so far this season. When they utilize the shift against a left-handed batter, the Nats are leaving Trea Turner at shortstop […]

What distinguishes the Oakland A’s from MLB’s strongest teams?

The Oakland A’s are 14-6. They sit atop the American League West with the best record in baseball. Even if it feels we’ve just sat down and settled into the season, the A’s start can give us some hints into what we know about this team’s postseason run outlook. Yes, the postseason is peaking above […]

Clark Signs Big Contract Extension

GREEN BAY, Wis. – Just before the first practice of training camp on Saturday, the Green Bay Packers signed defensive tackle Kenny Clark to a lucrative contract extension. Clark was asleep on Friday night when his agent reached out to tell him about the deal. “Man, let’s do it,” Clark said in recalling that conversation […]

Meet the man who makes the Tigers’ shift work

If you’re ever allowed to attend a baseball game at Comerica Park again, keep an eye on the dugout. Look for a guy perched with a hand on the rail, white sheet of paper in one hand, his free hand waving left and right, up and down. He might just look familiar. And he might […]

2020 fantasy football draft rankings: The running back tiers

What are positional tiers? Tiers are groups of players with a similar expected fantasy point performance for the season. It’s positive to draft any of the players in that tier because they are all of comparable value. Players not in that tier would represent a notable drop off in fantasy points. Tiering stops you from […]

Wednesday Walkthroughs: Our favorite stats for understanding NFL football better

The nerds have won. Football is awash in advanced metrics, and even if it’s a little hard for the hardcore traditionalists to accept, it’s probably for the best. Still, sorting through the avalanche of numbers can be a challenge. To cut through some of that clutter, here’s a look at the stats some of our […]

Aaron Boone still believes in Gleyber Torres’ ability to handle shortstop

It was a routine ground ball to shortstop in the eighth inning Tuesday night, until Gleyber Torres couldn’t handle it. Adam Duvall reached base after Torres bobbled it and collected his fourth error in 17 games.  That error led to Duvall scoring, cutting into the Yankees’s lead and forcing them to go to the back-end […]

Defense starting to become Cubs’ calling card during fast start

It would be easy to look at the Cubs’ offense with Kris Bryant, Javy Baez and Anthony Rizzo and think that would be their calling card. Oh, the Cubs have shown they can still be dangerous at the plate, but they’re starting to turn heads with their defense. Whether it’s a flashy play on a slow roller or a catch […]

How Seahawks Can Deploy Quinton Dunbar, Jamal Adams with Matchup Zone Concepts

The 2020 Seahawks have a loaded secondary. In March, they acquired quality cornerback Quinton Dunbar from the Washington Football Team for a fifth-round pick. Then there was the blockbuster trade for All-Pro strong safety Jamal Adams. Finally, Dunbar’s offseason legal saga ended. After the Broward County State Attorney’s Office declined to press charges in a May 13 […]

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