Tennessee Titans' head coach, Mike Vrabel stated yesterday that his starting quarterback Marcus Mariota came back bigger and stronger since the last season ended. Vrabel, 43, has been in charge in Nashville since January 2018. The Titans missed the playoffs in his first year as a head coach. The loss … Read More... about Mike Vrabel Says Marcus Mariota is “Bigger and Stronger Than Before”
Did you catch the Red Sox-Dodgers Sunday night game? I did … all 12 innings. This was last season’s World Series matchup. These are two teams that could make deep postseason runs once again this year - the cream of the crop in Major League baseball. LA bested the BoSox 7-4 in extras after Boston stranded runners on second base in the 9th, 10th, and 11th innings. Timely … [Read more...] about The Little Things Matter in Baseball
This is how more experienced baseball fans must feel - sick of the Yankees’ and their “superteams”. Superteam - normally I hate that term but all bets are off when discussing the Bronx Bombers. I’m too young to remember the 1998-1999-2000 three-peat so I’ve only experienced the Yankees winning once (2009). Like any self-respecting baseball fan, I know about Murderers’ … [Read more...] about This is a Brand New Feeling for Young Baseball Fans
The calendar says June and it is time to ask, when do the playoffs start? I mean, we pretty much already know who is going to reach the postseason, right? WRONG! Too many people, myself included, are easily convinced of a team’s pennant chances because of a hot start to the season. It is June, but that’s still pretty early in baseball. When can we start writing cellar … [Read more...] about (Most) First-Place Leads Are Not Safe in Early June
It’s June! More than one-third of the 2019 MLB season is history. Do we know who will win the World Series? Who will take home MVP? Cy Young? Of course not. Certain things are safe to assume at the beginning of June, but most of what lies ahead is still murky in our crystal balls. What is safe to assume at this point and what isn’t? Before I draw any conclusions about the … [Read more...] about Do Big Numbers in April and May Mean Anything?
Small ball. It is a term used when a team scores a run without the aid of a big hit. Walks, hit by pitches, sacrifice flies, steals, and bunts are all textbook small ball. Some people you talk to will argue these will soon be a thing of the past as small ball is slowly disappearing from the game. Is it really? What do the numbers say? I have always been a big fan of the … [Read more...] about The Demise of Small Ball – Are Steals Up or Down Right Now?
WAR WAR WAR … it’s all we hear about these days. Wins Above Replacement. The blanket sabermetric that evaluates a player’s worth. Ever wonder what all goes into that calculation? After all, there are numerous ways that players can impact a game. FanGraphs tells us that WAR is a combination of batting runs, base running runs, and fielding runs with a positional adjustment, … [Read more...] about Deconstructing WAR – What is Off?
Pitch count. Workload. Innings limit. These phrases never existed prior to 1988 but are now commonplace in Major League baseball. Last time we explored how innings are down for starting pitchers across baseball and complete games and shutouts are quickly becoming endangered. Today I want to incorporate pitch count, the age of the pitcher, and how this impacts your … [Read more...] about The Last of a Dying Breed – The Demise of the SP – Part Two
Finish what you start. Completing a game on the mound used to be expected of starting pitchers. It was your game to win or lose. Just like how hitters have caught the homerun bug, things have changed. Today you hear things like, the manager just wants to get him through 5 innings and then the bullpen will take over. Somewhere along the line in MLB history, teams began … [Read more...] about Finish What You Start – The Demise of the SP – Part One