Positional Reviews

The Yankees infielders can't hit

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The Yankees knew they had some holes in the infield going into this season. Just how bad has it been for the Bronx Bombers?

Baseball's best right fielders

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The last in a series reviewing players by position.

What Happened to the Cleanup Man?

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Players who hit fourth in the lineup are meant to be feared, but in 2014 they have been far from fearsome.

The best relievers of 2014, per RE24

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There are many ways to get at a reliever's true talent level. But in addition to telling a story, RE24 can help us get at a reliever's true value. Here are the MLB leaders so far this year.

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Baseball's best center fielders

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In a continuing series, this post reviews center fielders.

Baseball's best left fielders

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In an continuing series reviewing players by position, this post discusses this year's best left fielders.

The White Sox's abysmal bullpen

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How the Rick Hahn ran an experiment in constructing his bullpen and failed

Baseball's best shortstops

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Continuing a series in which every position is reviewed.

Baseball's best third basemen

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Continuing a series in which players are reviewed by position. This post covers third base.

Are the Pirates built on a shaky foundation?

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The Pirates have been on a tear lately, but there might a fundamental flaw in the way the team is built.

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The best second basemen in baseball

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Continuing a series in which players are evaluated position by position. This post reviews second base.

Baseball's best first basemen

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The second in a series examining the best players in the game by position

The most valuable catchers in baseball

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The first of a series evaluating players by position using a method I developed last year.

The best outfield in baseball

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Who has the best all-around outfield in baseball?

Pitchers can hit too!

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Some pitchers help themselves at the plate. Others, not so much.

The biggest black holes in baseball

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Every team in baseball has a hole or two in the lineup, but some holes are especially glaring.

The Oakland A's have created a monster

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Oakland is famous for its platoons and there is one in particular that is making a lot of noise.

Lefties who pitch inside to righties

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Which left-handed pitchers throw inside to righties the most often? How does it help them?

Using WPA to measure pitcher effectiveness

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Can WPA be used to measure starting pitcher effectiveness?

Manager ejections

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Manager ejections quantified and analyzed

Is the dedicated DH becoming extinct?

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As roster construction evolves, are the days of the dedicated designated hitter who plays no position numbered?

Are the Dodgers targeting pitchers who rake?

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In 2013, the Dodgers pitching staff led the majors in wRC+. It looks like the Dodgers have targeted pitchers who rake in free agency and via trade.

Do the best-hitting catchers of 2013 frame well?

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Offense-first catchers are a valuable rarity, but how many of them can also frame pitches? We're taking a look at the top five hitters behind the dish from 2013.

Right field: Skill position?

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MLB teams have not treated right field as a skill position akin to "up the middle" positions. But should they?

SABR: Who are baseball's most valuable pitchers?

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A publication of a response to the SABR Diamond Dollars Case Competition prompt: who are the top three "pitching assets" in the game today?

A slow year at the hot corner

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There are many quality third baseman in the majors at the moment, but as a group they have lead feet on the bases.

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