Excited for baseball? It doesn’t matter (yet)

After the Cardinals and Cubs kicked things off Sunday night, baseball is officially back. After one of the crazier off-seasons in recent memory, many are closely following how the regular season will play out. People are already monitoring the young Cubs team that has the potential to be one of the best in baseball and the […]

Stats in 2015: A sabermetrician’s view

Brandon Phillips turned heads this past week with his thoughts on analytics departments. “I feel like all of these stats and all of these geeks upstairs, they’re messing up baseball, they’re just changing the game,” he said. “It’s all about on-base percentage. If you don’t get on base, then you suck. That’s basically what they’re […]

Go big AND go home: Why the Padres’ busy offseason does not mean much

The San Diego Padres have been one of the most active teams this offseason. After trading for Matt Kemp, Justin Upton, Wil Myers, Derek Norris and Will Middlebrooks, they signed righty James Shields two weeks ago to a four-year, $75 million deal. These moves have led some to believe the Padres are now a contender […]

Transparency is the missing piece

In early January, Randy Johnson, Pedro Martinez, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio achieved the necessary 75 percent voting threshold to be a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame. They will be officially inducted later this year. Other players just missed the cut. Guys like Mike Piazza, Jeff Bagwell and Tim Raines had over 50 percent […]

Jose Fernandez should accept the Marlins’ lowball offer

Just weeks after the Marlins signed their power-hitting star Giancarlo Stanton to a 13-year, $325 million contract, they offered a six-year, $40 million deal to pitcher Jose Fernandez. Fernandez is in a unique situation. He is one year removed from possibly the greatest season ever pitched by a 20 year old, and was lights out […]

How do free agents get paid?

Now that the MLB offseason has begun, many fans anticipate that their teams will sign players to large contracts. It is an exciting time of year; fans can forget about their teams’ terrible 2014 seasons and hope that they get the right players for 2015. Of course, many teams will fall short of meeting their […]

Exploring what makes playoff teams win

As the divisional series of the Major League Baseball playoffs came to an end, sportswriters around the country found themselves following a simple narrative: The Goliath-like Angels, Tigers and Dodgers had been eliminated, while the David-like Royals, Orioles, Cardinals and Giants moved on. But there’s more to this story than just some dumb luck from […]

Projecting the odds: how to predict playoffs

Last week, nerdy baseball fans across the country pulled up the 2014 Playoff Odds on Fangraphs.com to check the status of the American and National League pennant races. Since it was near the end of the season, most of the teams had either a zero percent chance of making the playoffs or a 100 percent […]