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What’s wrong with a Giants defense that just isn’t good enough?

Really wherever you look, the numbers are damning. Errors are passe, a blunt way of measuring a defensive play without much context. And yet, the Giants rank last in the majors with 19 entering Tuesday’s action. Their .970 fielding percentage, which again is imprecise and does not take into account range, is a big league-worst […]

Los Angeles Dodgers’ defense could be among the best in recent memory

The Los Angeles Dodgers have the best lineup in the National League and maybe the best pitching staff, but their two biggest highlights of the season have been two tremendous throws. The first, from Mookie Betts deep in the right-field corner to cut down Ketel Marte trying to stretch a double into a triple, was a Roberto Clemente-esque laser that traveled […]

2019 LA Rams 5 man pass rush ranks fourth in NFL

The LA Rams were one of the most “results-oriented” pass-sacking defenses in the NFL in 2019. Results-oriented, because the Rams generated 50 quarterback sacks in 2019, good for the fourth-ranked defense in the nation.  But as is the case with many such statistics, there is the story within the story. You see, teams get credit for the sacks, […]

Best cornerbacks from 2019 feature some unfamiliar names and up-and-coming stars

Interceptions used to be the only way anyone seemed to measure cornerbacks. Lead the league in picks to prove your worth. But too many DeAngelo Halls would rack up turnovers while giving up big plays and touchdowns, just like the Packers’ 2019 team leader in interceptions, Kevin King. Luckily, the metrics improve by the day, with resources like Pro […]

Michael Thomas Is Setting Records, but Julio Jones Is the NFL’s Best WR

Julio Jones is a likely Hall of Famer. Michael Thomas set the single-season reception record last year. They’re both incredible wide receivers. Jones is slightly better. Sure, Thomas was voted the fifth-best player and top receiver by his peers in the NFL Network’s Top 100 countdown. Jones finished just 11th in the balloting and third among […]

Alabama’s biggest preseason question: Is the run defense ready to bounce back?

The COVID-19 pandemic’s effect on the 2020 college football season is evolving. This story is part of a series examining programs’ biggest on-field questions as preseason camps open. When the final chapter of the 2019 Alabama season was written, how could the takeaway have been anything other than a missed opportunity? That may seem harsh […]

Arenado and Chapman: Former Teammates Always Putting on a Show

One of the great things about watching the A’s and Rockies play, which they do tonight and tomorrow afternoon, is the chance to watch the third base matchup. Colorado’s Nolan Arenado has won seven Gold Gloves at third and is a five-time All-Star. Chapman has made one All-Star team, has won two Gold Gloves and […]

MLB DFS Prop Picks for Monday, July 27th – Monkey Knife Fight

For all of the oddities in the 2020 MLB season, DFS is business as usual. With full-season fantasy baseball leagues disrupted by a short season, fantasy players can turn to DFS for more certainty as they try to turn a profit. Our friends at Monkey Knife Fight offer some of the coolest, and easiest to win, MLB […]

3 issues to fix after Mets drop first series

As much as the opening week of a baseball season always provides optimism, so too can it plant the seeds of doubt. For the first time this weekend, Major League teams tested themselves against other clubs trying their hardest to win. That can expose a flaw or two that might not have been visible amidst […]

2020 MLB season preview: Power Rankings and everything you need to know for 60-game sprint

The 2020 major league baseball season will be like none that has ever come before it. MLB’s 30 teams will have just 60 games to try to streak into the postseason. Players and coaches will need to focus on the field while maintaining strict health and safety protocols off of it. There will be limited travel, empty […]

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