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 – 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 – Relief Pitchers

Considering the amount of players at the position and variance from season to season, it would probably easier to do a top 15.  That’s not the name of the series, however, so we’re sticking with the top 10 format for relievers. A new list will be published each Monday leading up to pitchers and catchers…

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 – 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…

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…

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…