Team Previews & Analysis

A Golden Age of HBP

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Despite a slight drop after body armor rules began to be enforced 11 years ago, HBP/PA rates are still historically high. How much of an advantage can HBP be for teams, or for notorious OBP...

MLB Payrolls and the Cost of a Win

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An in-depth analysis of how teams are spending their money and the returns they should expect going into 2014.

Phillies, I find your lack of range disturbing

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The Phillies were decent defensively when they got to balls -- but their failure to get to them at all was in some ways unprecedented.

Best team in baseball: the team after the Red Sox

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In 2013, Red Sox hitters saw 25,667 pitches, more than 2,000 over league average. High OBP and P/PA helped them win games, but the cumulative effect of wearing down pitching staffs helped...

Could the Orioles benefit from more grounders?

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The Orioles' pitchers seem to like fly balls despite their disadvantages. Could a switch to a more grounder-centric strategy benefit the team?

Why the Orioles should tank 2014

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Baltimore's offseason activities (or the lack thereof) have perplexed many. However, they might be on to something, and I'll explain why it's the right thing to do.

Five vital positional upgrades for 2014

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A list of five vital upgrades that MLB teams made for 2014 after suffering from below-average production at that position in 2013.

Royals' stars need to trend in the right direction

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The Kansas City Royals' star corner infielders have had up and down performance the past two seasons. They are oddly out of sync with one another, but if they can both trend in the same, positive...

What are the Yankees and Mariners doing?

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The Yankees and Mariners have made some of the biggest splashes this offseason, but is it enough to make either of them contenders?

The Oakland Athletics and their drafting struggles

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The Oakland Athletics have been one of baseball's best franchises since the turn of the century. But despite being a small market team that eschews big spending, their success hasn't been built on...

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