The Winning (Or Losing) Spring: What Preseason Records Actually Mean

You hear it every year: spring training records and numbers don’t mean anything.  Whether that’s true or not, I’m not sure anyone can really prove it one way or another.  Now that we’ve wrapped another spring, we’re going to set out to (hopefully) prove or disprove that notion. This challenge can be difficult for a…

Standing, Playoffs and Awards Predictions – 2019

I have been confident; I have been cocky.  I have been attempting to go all “Sports Illustrated” and predict a 2019 World Series win for the Phillies several years out.  Shortly after they traded Cole Hamels to Texas in 2015, I looked at the farm system and declared Philadelphia 2019 champs.  Even as recently as…

Ultimate Top 10 Right Now

This is the last in our 2019 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 and DH….

Top 10 Right Now – Center Fielders

Center field, a spot where more guys than any other position can make a run at the top 10 just based on defense.  Granted, it’s a lot more difficult to make it simply based on those metrics, but every year there are players who accumulate a good amount of points in light of their glove…

Top 10 Right Now – Second Basemen

This position could look a whole lot different next year with the possible position changes of Daniel Murphy and Robinson Cano (both to 1B) and Javy Baez and Gleyber Torres potential moves to SS depending how the Addison Russell and Troy Tulowitzki/Didi Gregorius situations play out, respectively.  Furthermore, with both Torres and DJ LeMahieu now…

Top 10 Right Now – Third Basemen

You want loaded?  Third base is just that with superstars everywhere.  The position lost Manny Machado (move to shortstop) and Adrian Beltre (retirement) but replaced them with Matt Carpenter sliding back over from first base and Matt Chapman after we predicted his breakout on this very list last offseason. A new list will be published…

Top 10 Right Now – Starting Pitchers

Such a volatile position, we see a new number one guy again a year after Corey Kluber took over the top spot.  Who might have deThroned the Indians’ ace?  If that’s not obvious enough, read on to find out! While the top spot may not surprise many, there are sure to be some snubs or possible…

Top 10 Right Now – First Basemen

Lots of moving parts this year with career years (Max Muncy, Jesus Aguilar and even Steve Pearce), down years (Eric Hosmer, Carlos Santana) and injuries (Brandon Belt, Jose Abreu, Greg Bird).  Last year, I wasn’t into the Chris Taylor breakout which turned out to be correct, but I’m a little more bullish on Muncy being…

Top 10 Right Now – Left Fielders

Edited 12/4/18: Between this list coming out yesterday morning and today, Carlos Santana was traded to Seattle which opened up first base for Rhys Hoskins in Philadelphia.  With that, he’ll appear on the first baseman list (coming 12/10) with this left fielders list being updated. There’s a high chance that a few of the players…

Top 10 Right Now – Managers

It was yet another movement-heavy offseason for major league managers with most teams again skewing to no experience in their new hires.  In the cases of the Yankees and Red Sox, that worked out well in 2018.  The Mets, Nationals and Phillies, however, weren’t as lucky.  Let’s see how it all shakes out heading into…

Top 10 Right Now – Executives

Another great postseason is in the books and the hot stove season is already well under way.  To help pass the time, we’re again delivering our annual 14-part “Top 10 Right Now” series ranking executives, managers and players throughout Major League Baseball. A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and…

Awards and Playoff Predictions: 2018

When a game heads to extra innings, it is commonly referred to as “bonus baseball.”  What we were lucky enough to experience today – the first two-tiebreaker day in MLB history – was truly “bonus baseball.” On a day that we were supposed to be able to make our predictions, turned into a game of…