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?
The month of April is a crapshoot in Major League Baseball. Albert Pujols hit .346 with 14 homers and 32 RBIs in April of 2006 and then .217 with 0 home runs and just 4 RBIs in April of 2012. Rockies’ shortstop Trevor Story exploded with 10 bombs and 20 RBIs in his rookie year before which he was unknown outside of Denver. No one knows what April will bring each season, … [Read more...] about MLB Insight – Top 3 Hitters Rebounding in May
Value is everything in any money-making endeavor. Want to trade stocks? Look for value. Want to win on Draftkings? Buy low, my friend. This week, we have explored several of the ways I search for undervalued hitters. It’s time for the pitchers to get some love. Like BABIP, Hard%, and ISO for hitters, pitchers possess several metrics which can tell a story beyond the … [Read more...] about A Look at xFIP and HR/FB Rates – Identifying Undervalued Pitchers
Remember those hitters on your Little League team who would helplessly flail at each and every curveball coming their way? Maybe you were that guy. There is nothing worse than gearing up to take a big rip at what looks like a knee-high heater only to see the bottom fall out 6 inches before the plate. I’ve been there in my playing days. You walk back to the dugout feeling … [Read more...] about Introducing O-Swing% – Is Javier Baez Due for a Decline