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…

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 – 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 – 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 – 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 – 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…