Standings, Playoffs and Awards Predictions – 2020

Well this should be interesting. As if a full 162 game season wasn’t hard enough to predict, now we’ll be attempting to project a 60 game sprint. Will it allow veterans to go all out? Will younger teams gain an advantage because the unproven pitching staff won’t have to go deep into a season? How…

Who might perform best in a 60-game season?

As a fantasy baseball player (and four-time defending champ, no less) I got to thinking what this season would look like in terms of putting a team together. Since there will not be a first half and second half, it makes sense to assume that the guys who start hot should be the ones to…

Most and Least Hurt By The Delayed Season

When contemplating the idea for this piece, I had some reservations about putting it out, not for the optics of how a lighthearted article may come across, but out of genuine concern about the state of the world.  How a delayed season may affect players (in the way we’re talking about it here) versus the…

Me vs. PECOTA: Taking on Nate Silver and Baseball Prospectus.

Can one individual who doesn’t even technically work inside the game (but should!) really keep pace with the juggernaut PECOTA system?  For one season, sure.  But how about over four seasons? PECOTA, which stands for Player Empirical Comparison and Optimization Test Algorithm is just meaningless gibberish fit to use former MLB player Bill Pecota’s last…

Ultimate Top 10 Right Now

This is the last in our 2020 Top 10 Right Now series highlighting the Top 10 players at each position, as well as, taking the number one player from each position to create a Top 10, Top 10 list. Ok, actually, this is a Top 11 list based on each position including the top reliever…

Top 10 Right Now – First Basemen

It’s very possible that we are witnessing a changing of the guard.  With Joey Votto, Paul Goldschmidt and Jose Abreu possibly on their way out, they are being challenged by an impressive young crop in Pete Alonso, Matt Olson, Josh Bell and Rhys Hoskins. A new list will be published each Monday leading up to…

Top 10 Right Now – Left Fielders

We’re winding down with two more positional lists to go.  Left field remains one of the weaker spots on the diamond in relation to the others.  Even before the position lost Christian Yelich and Ronald Acuna Jr. from last year’s rankings, it needed some help.  It appears Giancarlo Stanton will find himself in the field…

Top 10 Right Now – Relief Pitchers

Annually the most fluid list as the volatility of the relief market is fragile.  In fact, seven of our projected top-11 from last year’s list, won’t return this year.  Several of the stalwarts had down seasons and may fall off the list entirely with up-and-comers taking their place. A new list will be published each…

Top 10 Right Now – Second Basemen

Second base has become one of MLB’s weakest positions.  That said, it may also be an emerging position with several new names entering the Statistical Top 10.  Time will tell if they have the staying power, but it should be an interesting spot to watch in the next few years. A new list will be…

Top 10 Right Now – Shortstops

2019 feels like a strange year for this position.  There are some expected names in the Statistical Top 10, but overall they are spread out among some surprising entries, including the shortstop taking over the number one spot. A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting in February….

Top 10 Right Now – Center Fielders

You know we’re in the age of teams thinking outside the box when both Joey Gallo and Mark Canha are candidates for the center field list.  It must be working because both had statistically top-10 seasons.  Where do they rank heading into 2020?  Read on. A new list will be published each Monday leading up…

Top 10 Right Now – Third Basemen

Remember the golden age of shortstops in late-90’s, early 2000’s?  We are currently in the golden age of third basemen.  This position has become increasingly athletic over the years and features some of the games best defenders at any position. A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting…