Most and Least Hurt By The Delayed Season

When contemplating the idea for this piece, I had some reservations about putting it out, not for the optics of how a lighthearted article may come across, but out of genuine concern about the state of the world.  How a delayed season may affect players (in the way we’re talking about it here) versus the…

Top 10 Right Now – Left Fielders

We’re winding down with two more positional lists to go.  Left field remains one of the weaker spots on the diamond in relation to the others.  Even before the position lost Christian Yelich and Ronald Acuna Jr. from last year’s rankings, it needed some help.  It appears Giancarlo Stanton will find himself in the field…

Top 10 Right Now – Relief Pitchers

Annually the most fluid list as the volatility of the relief market is fragile.  In fact, seven of our projected top-11 from last year’s list, won’t return this year.  Several of the stalwarts had down seasons and may fall off the list entirely with up-and-comers taking their place. A new list will be published each…

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….

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 – 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…