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Mismatches In The NFL: A Look At LB vs. WR/RB Matchups

The NFL is a matchup-driven league. On each play, there are many individual matchups occurring that can swing the outcome. Teams that can scheme more optimal matchups for themselves and mismatches for their opponents often end up with a win.  Mismatches come in many forms, such as finding a way to get Aaron Donald one […]

The Best Landing Spots for Yasiel Puig to Become an MLB Star Again

After six years with the Los Angeles Dodgers between 2013 and 2018 and one split between the Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians in 2019, the 28-year-old right fielder is a free agent for the first time. Based on his name value and combination of above-average power, speed and arm strength, he ought to be a […]

Top NFL QB-WR duos: Here’s how Cowboys’ Dak Prescott, Amari Cooper have elevated each other’s games

The NFL is a passing league. You know this. I know this. Just about everyone in the league knows this.  Because it’s a passing league, quarterbacks are the most important players on the field. And just about every quarterback has that one pass-catcher he trusts more than anybody else — the guy he wants to […]

Where has the Patriots running game gone wrong?

The running game was supposed to be one of New England’s strengths. The Patriots were supposed to pick up where they left off. Sony Michel, assuming he could get healthy — which he eventually did after a slow start to the summer — was supposed to continue developing and help Tom Brady carry the load […]

Nick’s stick is solid — but his glove? Not bad either

Castellanos has not been a good defensive player to dateThis is unarguable, and so we have to start here. Castellanos was Detroit’s regular third baseman for four seasons (2014-17), their regular right fielder in ’18, and then played 137 more games in right (with 11 additional in left) for the Tigers and Cubs in ’19. […]

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 […]

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