SaberSphere 4/01: Elvis Andrus, Buster Posey, and Predictions!

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Buster Posey signs a mega-deal with the San Francisco Giants, there are predictions to look over and follow through the season, and some platoon and power breakout candidate research had some interesting results.

The baseball season is officially under way as the Houston Astros earned their first win of the season, as well as the first win of manager Bo Porter's career, by defeating the Texas Rangers 8-2 last night. It was a really good game and I hope the Astros play like that all season long.

Previously on Beyond the Box Score

Around the Sabersphere

  • Baseball Prospectus | Pre-Season Predictions
    Oh Baseball Prospectus, how I love thee. The BP staff put out their pre-season predictions and not a single one of them chose the Houston Astros to win the American League West. I bet they feel pretty silly now after how the Astros man-handled the Texas Rangers. This was an interesting read though, especially the awards part as many of them think we're going to get another showdown of Mike Trout versus Miguel Cabrera for MVP with Trout narrowly winning it this time. You can't re-write history folks, at least not without a TARDIS.

  • WAR 1945 - By Tom Tango - Tangotiger Blog
    Tom has some interesting thoughts about what to do with the different replacement level numbers for seasons such as 1945 when the replacement level was so much lower due to outside circumstances (WWII for instance) or even the 1914-15 Federal League.

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Outside the Sabersphere

  • Opening Day crossword puzzle! - By Diane Firstman - SweetSpot Blog - ESPN
    This is pretty cool and I think you should all give it a try to see how well you do. One of two things will happen if you try this. You'll either prove to all of your baseball friends that you do, in fact, know more about the history of the game than they do or you'll realize how little you know and give up. Good luck!
  • Do you watch Doctor Who? I do and it is an amazing show. This preview is from the season premiere.I won't spoil the episode for any of you who haven't seen it yet and actually want to but this is the show where my TARDIS and time travel references come from.

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