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10 Players in Need of a Bounce Back in 2021

For all the thrills and accomplishments of the 2020 season, there were a number of former All-Stars, MVPs and World Series winners who had down years. As we wait for the free-agent market to heat up and, eventually, spring training and opening day, let’s look at 10 players in need of bounce-back 2021 campaigns. Gleyber […]

What Packers’ Roster Moves Mean

The Green Bay Packers placed center Corey Linsley on injured reserve on Saturday, meaning the standout man in the middle of the offensive line will miss at least the next three games. It’s been a rough second half of the season for Linsley. He missed most of the Week 11 game at Indianapolis with an […]

Which international free agents would fit Blue Jays’ roster best?

A great deal of the fun during the MLB off-season is seeing big, familiar names linked to the team you support, and dreaming about how they might change that team’s fortunes. If you’re a Toronto Blue Jays fan, this year has been particularly fruitful in that regard as the club has been connected to every major free […]

Crunch time: The 22 fringe-y players you can trust in Weeks 13 and 14

In this edition of Under The Radar, I’ve selected 22 quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers, and tight ends you can trust in Week 13 and 14 (so you can get a jump on roster planning for the first week of the playoffs). This article incorporates advanced stats and efficiency metrics from multiple websites, including FantasyData, […]

‘They’re Ball-Swarmers;’ Inside Notre Dame’s Dominant Run Defense Numbers

In Notre Dame’s meetings with Louisville, Clemson and North Carolina this year, Irish quarterback Ian Book has two fewer combined yards than the star running backs from those three teams – including sacks. Javian Hawkins (Louisville), Travis Etienne (Clemson), Javonte Williams and Michael Carter (North Carolina) combined for 52 carries and 164 yards against Notre […]

Frazier’s work led to better OF defense in ’20

Clint Frazier vowed that he would permit his on-field performance to speak for itself this past season. The Yankees outfielder believed that mindset produced success, especially with his selection as a finalist for the American League Gold Glove Award in right field. Frazier didn’t win the award, which was issued to the Rangers’ Joey Gallo […]

This is why teams are really eyeing McCann

In a catching landscape short on hitters, free agent James McCann’s bat alone would be enough to garner plenty of looks this winter. Never much of a threat over his first five seasons, McCann’s offense came alive after he signed with the White Sox prior to 2019: he’s been a top-five offensive backstop since then, […]

The free-agent hitters with the best tools

We’ve already broken down the 2020-21 free-agent class by the top free agents overall and the top free agents by position. Here’s another way a free agent can be valuable to a team: an elite individual skill. So let’s take a look at which players are at the top of the class when it comes […]

Beyond Moneyball

Q Talks Podcast: John Dewan, a pioneer in the sports analytics field, and Zach Binkley, professor of sports management at Quinlan sit down with host Rick Sindt to discuss the history of Sports Analytics, how it is used today, and their predictions about how the industry will grow in the future. Click here to listen […]

Stark: The numbers that defined baseball in 2020, revisited

This is how it works around here. Every year, as Opening Day nears, I dust off my crystal ball and try to predict the future, with a little column we call “The Numbers That Define Baseball.” It’s fun. It’s eye-opening. And it reminds us, every darned year, that this sport is changing so rapidly that […]

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