October 9, 2020

Do or Die: Yankees Look to Ride Cole Train to ALCS

In what may have been his last start dawning pinstripes, Masahiro Tanaka allowed the Rays to back the Yankees against a wall. But despite emptying the tanks of their elite relievers, the Yankees managed to force a Game 5 with one goal in mind: give the ball to Gerrit Cole.

The richest pitcher in baseball history will get his shot Friday night, pitching on three days rest for the first time in his career against what will likely be a tag-team of the Rays' top tier pitchers, starting with Tyler Glasnow. In other words, the Yankees will try to repeat their Game 1 performance and the Rays will try to follow the script from Game 2. 

It doesn't get much better than this. It's the biggest rivalry in the American League these days (sorry, Boston fans, but you lost that honor when you traded Mookie Betts). It's do or die. It's the most expensive lineup in baseball vs. a "stable of guys who throw 98 miles per hour." And with that, let's preview what we're going to see tonight.

July 23, 2020

2020 MLB Predictions: Judge, Cole & Loaisiga

Before I get into this year's predictions, I just want to say I wholeheartedly agree with Sean Doolittle's thoughts on playing this season: "Sports are like the reward of a functioning society."

That being said, it's Opening Day and I made these predictions with the assumption that they will finish the season (even though I don't think that will happen).

With the help of a Cy Young performance by Gerrit Cole, I have the Yankees finally returning to the World Series but not able to get past the loaded Dodgers. Two words: Miguel Andujar. Put him in left field or at first base and let him rake.

AL East 
1. Yankees
2. Rays*
3. Blue Jays

4. Red Sox
5. Orioles

Results from my 2019 predictions

Pretty sure this was my worst year of predictions ever.

AL East 
1. Red Sox INCORRECT (Yankees)
2. Yankees* 
3. Rays* INCORRECT (Red Sox)
4. Blue Jays CORRECT
5. Orioles CORRECT

May 13, 2019

Q&A with Rob Neyer, author of POWER BALL: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game

Last year I received an advance copy of POWER BALL: Anatomy of a Modern Baseball Game and had a chance to speak with its author, Rob Neyer, someone I’ve been reading online for as long as I’ve known how to read.

In Power Ball, Neyer focuses on how the game has changed so much over the last 20 years, and he uses one September 2017 Astros-A's game (18 half-inning chapters) to weave this story into an enjoyable read for baseball fans.

While I am terribly late sharing this interview, I still think it’s worth sharing, as we get into some of the most contentious topics in the game today. The interview even foreshadows some rule changes that Major League Baseball announced in spring training for the 2020 season. 

Why should other fans buy your book?
This is an overview of all the ways that baseball has changed in the last 20 to 30 years. And when things happen gradually, as many of these have, it's easy to miss thing. You just sort of wake up and you look at the game, what's going on out there? Well, it's sort of gives an overview of what has gone on out there and how we got here. 

April 20, 2019

2019 MLB predictions: Judge, Frazier, Sabathia

Standouts from this year's predictions:
  • James Paxton wins the Cy Young (he pitched like a Cy Young winner against the Red Sox)
  • All four wild card winners are coming out of the East
  • Didi Gregorius and Troy Tulowitzki will combine for just 40 games played in the regular season
Last year I picked the Yankees to win it all, and the Red Sox won it. So of course, this year, I've learned from my mistakes.

AL East 
1. Red Sox
2. Yankees*
3. Rays*

4. Blue Jays
5. Orioles

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