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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 […]

Throwing Metrics Around: Comparing Quarterback Value Statistics

Everybody loves talking about quarterbacks. They play the most important and visible position in American professional sports, after all. As a result, there have been a lot of different metrics created to evaluate them. We started with Wins and have come all the way to metrics using tracking data (e.g. Next Gen Stats’ Completion Percentage […]

What Factors Are Responsible For Deep Passing Success?

A lot has been made lately of the usage and success of deep passes in the NFL. Much to the delight of fans, offenses have steadily become more aggressive and more efficient passing the ball. Watching talented quarterbacks such as Patrick Mahomes and Russell Wilson break the pocket and launch a pass deep down the […]

Is Kyle Schwarber staying or going? 3 questions about the Cubs left fielder heading into 2020.

Schwarber finished as the team leader in home runs this season, raised his batting average, lowered his strikeout rate and raised his contact rate for the second consecutive season. All of that bodes well for his growth at age 26. But there’s plenty of room for further development, and Cubs President Theo Epstein repeatedly stressed […]

The Air Raid Has Already Made It To The NFL, And It’s Working

NFL minds have long been resistant to the idea of Air Raid quarterbacks in the NFL. Some were concerned the reads they made in college were too simple and they wouldn’t be able to adjust to the complexities of an NFL offense. Or they never had to throw into tight windows in college, and would […]

Twelve players to watch on defense in the Division Series

By Mark Simon, Sports Info Solutions October is the time when defensive excellence produces plays that are long remembered. Whether it be Willie Mays going way back in center field, Brooks Robinson and Graig Nettles making incredible plays at the hot corner, or more recently, Andrew Benintendi making a game-ending catch, the baseball heroics don’t […]

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