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…

Top 10 Right Now – Catchers

There comes a time when you have to admit that the best aren’t the best anymore and this year is that time for the two best catchers of this generation.  This is a position that has enough time share among players that two guys from each team may be considered. A new list will be…

Top 10 Right Now – Right Fielders

Right field is loaded with superstars.  Every season there are a few positions that overwhelm with talent and this corner outfield spot is one of those heading into 2020 thanks to the additions of Christian Yelich (previously LF), Cody Bellinger (CF) and Charlie Blackmon (CF). A new list will be published each Monday leading up…

The All Non-Tender Team

Yesterday marked the deadline for teams to tender a contract to their arbitration-eligible players or let them walk into free agency.  With several intriguing names not receiving a contract, I thought it would be a fun exercise to build a full 25-man roster from the non-tender guys.  Starting pitching is thin, but with some bounceback…