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Surprise Teams for 2015

The 2014 season has passed the three-quarter mark and with more than a handful of teams playing for nothing but pride, let’s take a look at some of the potential surprising teams for 2015: New York Mets: The organization, hamstrung by some monetary issues, has nonetheless laid the foundation for a potentially dominant rotation. Even…

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Chris Perez and the Elusive Perfect Appearance

Last night’s ninth inning implosion by Chris Perez was almost laughably predictable. So much so, in fact, that I chimed in to any within earshot at the bar that it was bound to happen as the team closed out the eighth inning with a 3-to-2 lead. I just didn’t think it would happen in such…

Matt Dominguez: Underrated with Potential

  The fact that the Astros have quickly assembled one of the better farm systems in baseball is old news at this point in the season. General Manager Jeff Luhnow, who was hired away from the Cardinals in December 2011, has dealt off everything not nailed down. Gone are veterans Wandy Rodriguez, Justin Maxwell, Bud…

An Early Look at the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year

As I previously noted, the American League rookie class is razor thing. And the eventual winner – Tampa Bay outfielder Wil Myers – has yet to accumulate 60 big league games. The NL, on the other hand, is far deeper and heavy on the pitching side. So, here’s a look at the top 10 rookies…

An Early Look at the 2013 AL Rookie of the Year

One year removed from one of the more dominant rookie seasons by a 20-year-old (Mike Trout) and perhaps the most hyped debut of prospect in quite some time (Bryce Harper), this season’s rookie class, with a handful of exceptions, has been incredibly weak. Here’s a look at the top 10 rookies from the American League….

Surprise Teams for 2015

  After losing 93 games two years ago, the Baltimore Orioles shocked the baseball world by winning 93 last 2012 before eventually losing to the Yankees in the ALDS. The Oakland A’s improved upon their record in 2012 by 20 games while winning the AL West last season too. Quick turnarounds are hardly an uncommon…

Keep an Eye on Middlebrooks’ Walk Rate

  Before setting the baseball world abuzz with a solid 75-game stretch last season, there were more than a few questions surrounding then 23-year-old third baseman Will Middlebrooks. Kevin Goldstein, formerly of Baseball Prospectus, wrote: “The biggest challenge for Middlebrooks will be his approach. He sees far too many pitches as hittable and can expand…

A Look at the Indians Decision to DFA Mark Reynolds

  And the hits – or lack thereof – just keep on coming for the Indians, losers of three straight against the division leading Tigers. Cleveland announced on Thursday afternoon that infielder/designated hitter Mark Reynolds has been designated for assignment. The organization now has ten days to trade or release him. The problem, of course,…

The Mets are a Quick Turnaround Candidate

The New York Mets are mired in another abysmal season, winning just 49 of the first 109 games of the year. The club’s record is closer to that of the Astros, the worst team in baseball, that of the NL East Division-leading Braves. The ballclub’s run differential is staggeringly poor at -37, the fifth worst…