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Let’s take a moment for the magical, soft-tossing, cutter-loving 2018 Mariners pitching staff

By John Trupin When Adam Ottavino recently boasted he would strike out Babe Ruth, it reignited one of baseball’s favorite debates: how would modern players fare against the stars of yesteryear? The debate typically boils down to a few things – the impact of integration, the improvement of training methods, and the shifting ways that players are […]

Dallas Cowboys shut out for first time since 2003 in loss to Indianapolis Colts

A Cowboys team on a five-game win streak had the chance to lock up the NFC East title at Indianapolis on Sunday. Instead, red-zone struggles haunted Dallas yet again, a linebacker corps that regained Sean Lee couldn’t stop the run and yet another Cowboys offensive lineman sustained an injury. The result: The Cowboys suffered their first shutout in 15 years […]

Steelers vs. Patriots: Preview, prediction, statistics to know for AFC showdown

The seemingly annual late-season game between the New England Patriotsand Pittsburgh Steelers has a bit of an interesting twist to it this time around: both teams are coming in off dispiriting losses. Yes, the Pats and Steelers still maintain holds on their respective division leads, but there’s no question that these particular versions of each team are not […]

Sources: Brewers are showing interest in second baseman Daniel Murphy

LAS​ VEGAS​ –​ Since​ the​ season​ ended, the​ Milwaukee Brewers​ have been​ searching​ for a second​ baseman.​ The​ team​ is​​ exploring options, both in free agency and possibly through a trade, but club officials stress that nothing appears imminent and financial constraints exist. Sources tell The Athletic that the Brewers have expressed interest in free-agent […]

Shifting the Blame: If Major League Baseball wants more offense, it needs to think bigger

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 […]

The Cardinals offense has made progress under Byron Leftwich, just not enough

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 […]

SIS Introduces Total Points Metric

Our own Alex Vigderman wrote an article for Football Outsiders that introduces SIS’s Total Points metric to the public.

Stark: What would happen if baseball killed the shift? Support for the idea is building inside the game

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 […]

The Astros Have a New Catcher

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 […]

Red Sox 2019 Projections: Mookie Betts belts 82 extra-base hits, Dustin Predroia posts .357 OBP in return, per Bill James Handbook

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. […]

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