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 – 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 – Designated Hitters

This list is getting increasingly difficult to compile as more and more teams opt to use the designated hitter spot as more of a rotation than a set position.  Only thirteen hitters qualified based on our criteria (see below).  This could very well be the final DH top 10 list depending on how 2020 shakes…

Top 10 Right Now – Managers

As recent trend has it, we saw a number of managerial spots open up again for the coming season.  From dismissals (Angels, Mets, Padres, Phillies, Pirates) to retirement (Giants, Royals) to a mutual parting of ways (Cubs) a total of eight teams (over a quarter of MLB!) will have new skippers at the helm in…

Mid-season power rankings

Hard to believe the season is already half-complete.  It tends to go by very quickly and then the offseason drags on.  But, let’s appreciate that there is still 50% of the 2019 campaign to complete.  Here are the power rankings as we look toward the second-half. 1.) Los Angeles Dodgers 2.) Houston Astros 3.) New…

2019 Quarter-Season Power Rankings

Most teams are at or just beyond the quarter-mark of the season which makes it a great time to take stock of the standings with a power ranking. Here, we rank the teams not just simply on their place in the standings but projections, run differential and other factors are also considered. How does your…

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…