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Who should win the Gold Glove Awards this year? A look at the game’s best defensive players by the numbers

Who were the best defensive players in baseball in 2019? We’ll get one answer to that question when the winners of the Gold Glove Award are announced Sunday evening. All season, we’ve been providing defensive analysis here, so it makes sense to try to pick the most deserving players. Let’s get right to it. Keep […]

The Biggest Holes Left On Contenders After The NFL Trade Deadline

The 2019 NFL trade deadline often has more bark than bite, with a lot of names swirling around for several weeks but only a few actually changing addresses. There has been a little more movement in recent seasons, but still fairly light in comparison to other sports. We shouldn’t be surprised or disappointed by this. […]

Let’s stop accusing the Dolphins coaching staff of tanking

Let’s not play dumb: The Dolphins, as an organization, are absolutely tanking this season. They won’t use that word, but it’s clear the front office has not done everything in its power to field the best possible football team in 2019. Miami’s brass will call it a rebuild, but it’s tanking. That, however, does not […]

Leonard Williams makes sense in the short term for the Giants

Williams will slide into a crowded defensive line group for the Giants. The Giants have spent recent draft capital on a trio of defensive tackles in Dalvin Tomlinson (55th overall in 2017), B.J. Hill (69th overall in 2018), and Dexter Lawrence (17th overall in 2019). With the draft picks they just invested into Williams, he’s […]

Does The NFL Have A Penalty Problem?

A lot has been made this season about a supposed penalty problem in the NFL. Through the first seven weeks, penalties are up, players are speaking out and being fined, games have swung, and fans are frustrated. But is there really a problem? Or is this criticism simply a result of increased scrutiny from an […]

NFL Power Rankings, Week 7: Why Bill Belichick should be the favorite to win Coach of the Year

The Eagles defense hasn’t been what it was projected to be this season. Philadelphia has been able to stop the run but has struggled against the pass, ranking 20th in DVOA. The finger has been pointed at defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz and his insistence on loading the box to stop the run, which leaves his […]

Roberto Pérez cemented himself as one of baseball’s best catchers

In 2016, Yasmani Grandal received an MVP vote from Travis Sawchik for his advanced defensive metrics, yet even in 2019, we do not give catchers their full due. As defensive metrics for catchers become more prominent, it has become easier to understand just how valuable certain backstops are to certain teams. We can now quantify […]

Behind the balls and strikes: A look at the tendencies of the World Series umpires

Game 6 of the ALCS was an example of how the home plate umpire can affect the outcome of a game. Marvin Hudson appeared to widen his strike zone at times, drawing the ire of a number of players, notably Yankees outfielder Brett Gardner. Gardner had struck out to end an early Yankees rally, with […]

Receive Or Defer: Does Either Provide An Advantage?

At the start of every game, coaches have to make a decision that can dictate strategy throughout the contest. However, this specific decision is hardly noticed and rarely scrutinized by anyone. The decision to defer or receive the opening kickoff might not seem like a major decision, but it can have some interesting ramifications. Most […]

Injury proneness of running QBs like Russell Wilson, Lamar Jackson is overstated

Russell Wilson is in his ninth year as a quarterback in the NFL. During that period, his team, the Seahawks, have played 118 regular-season games, and 13 more in the playoffs. Wilson has been the starting QB in 131 of those games. This is true even though Wilson has run the ball 744 times in his career, for an average […]

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