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 – 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 – 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 – Designated Hitters

As this list was being composed, the White Sox made things interesting by adding Yonder Alonso to the mix.  Already having a first baseman in Jose Abreu and because the first baseman list was already released (with Abreu appearing on it), let’s go with Alonso as the Sox’s primary DH.  With or without Alonso, the…

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…

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…