Team Previews & Analysis

The 2014 San Diego Padres Preview

The Padres have a wide range of potential win totals. What is going to be most important in their pursuit of October baseball?

2014 Team Previews: San Francisco Giants

If you’ve liked watching the Giants the last few years, I’ve got good news and bad news.

2014 Rockies Team Preview

Will 2014 finally bring respectability to the Rockies or will it be another season of disappointment in Colorado?

2014 Team Previews: Arizona Diamondbacks

After finishing an even 81-81 in 2013, the Arizona Diamondbacks were one of the most active teams this offseason, but did they do enough to make them contenders in the rough and tumble NL West?

2014 Team Previews: Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers look forward to another season contending for the NL West crown.

A Golden Age of HBP

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 machines like Shin-Soo Choo?

MLB Payrolls and the Cost of a Win

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

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

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 subsequent teams more.

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