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…

Top 10 Right Now – Shortstops

The final of our positional lists (with only the Ultimate Top 10 to come next week), shortstop is absolutely loaded.  Remember the group that included Jeter, Rodriguez and Garciaparra?  This class is deeper. A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and catchers reporting in February. The lists will highlight the…

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 – Right Fielders

This was the most difficult list to compile – specifically spots 5 through 10 – due to so many players and many of similar skills/numbers/projections.  I’m happy I believed in Andrew McCutchen last year because he rewarded us with a solid year thus the Phillies rewarding him this offseason.  But does he crack our top…

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 – 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 – Catchers

This was a strange year with the “top-tier” of catchers with Buster Posey’s injury and down years from Willson Contreras and Gary Sanchez.  With as much heat as Yasmani Grandal takes, he turned in a fine season.  Read on to see where he and the other catchers rank heading into 2019. A new list will…

Three-Quarter Season Power Rankings

The 2018 regular season is flying as we’re now left with just a quarter of the way to go.  Time to check in on the rankings.  1. Boston Red Sox 2. New York Yankees 3. Houston Astros 4. Oakland Athletics 5. Cleveland Indians 6. Chicago Cubs 7. Seattle Mariners 8. Atlanta Braves 9. Philadelphia Phillies…

Mid-season Power Rankings

Can you believe the season is already nearly halfway done?  That’ll be the case for teams in the next few days, so it’s time to re-shuffle our rankings again. 1. Houston Astros 2. Boston Red Sox 3. New York Yankees 4. Chicago Cubs 5. Arizona Diamondbacks 6. Cleveland Indians 7. Atlanta Braves 8. Seattle Mariners…

Quarter-Season Power Rankings

We’re sitting just beyond the quarter pole of the regular season, so let’s take a look at the rankings. 1.) Houston Astros 2.) Boston Red Sox 3.) New York Yankees 4.) Washington Nationals 5.) Arizona Diamondbacks 6.) Philadelphia Phillies 7.) Atlanta Braves 8.) Chicago Cubs 9.) Cleveland Indians 10.) Los Angeles Angels 11.) Milwaukee Brewers…

2018 MLB Opening Day Starting Pitchers – Ranked

Because everybody loves a good ranking, here we list every 2018 Opening Day starting pitcher with how we project them to fair this season in relation to each other.  There are two Clayton’s, two sleeper top 10 Cy Young guys, an otherwise were-it-not-for-injury 5th/spot starter and several bounce back and breakout candidates.  Overall, we project…