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Monday, April 06, 2015

Grantland: 2015 MLB Predictions: Our Playoff and Award Picks, Surprise and Flop Team Selections, and Much More

It’s Opening Day! Baseball is back! You might have heard! Grantland’s MLB writers and editors are here to offer their predictions for the upcoming season, so grab a hot dog and a cold one, shake off your worries about the Cubs’ seemingly insurmountable 0-1 start, and join the fun. We’ve never been wrong before …

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:58 PM | 37 comment(s)
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FOX Sports: Season predictions: Who brings home the hardware in ‘15?

Robothal
AL East: Toronto Blue Jays
AL Central: Chicago White Sox
AL West: Seattle Mariners
Wild Card: Cleveland Indians, Los Angeles Angels
AL Pennant Winner: Chicago White Sox

NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: Pittsburgh Pirates
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
Wild Card: St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres
NL Pennant Winner: Washington Nationals

World Series Winner: Washington Nationals

AL MVP: Mike Trout
AL Cy Young: Chris Sale
AL Rookie of the Year: Aaron Sanchez

NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
NL Rookie of the Year: Kris Bryant

Neyer
AL East: Boston Red Sox
AL Central: Cleveland Indians
AL West: Los Angeles Angels
Wild Card: Seattle Mariners, Toronto Blue Jays
AL Pennant Winner: Cleveland Indians

NL East: Washington Nationals
NL Central: Pittsburgh Pirates
NL West: Los Angeles Dodgers
Wild Card: St. Louis Cardinals, San Diego Padres
NL Pennant Winner: Pittsburgh Pirates

World Series Winner: Pittsburgh Pirates

AL MVP: Mike Trout
AL Cy Young: Felix Hernandez
AL Rookie of the Year: Daniel Norris

NL MVP: Andrew McCutchen
NL Cy Young: Clayton Kershaw
NL Rookie of the Year: Kris Bryant

Win Big Stein's Money Posted: April 06, 2015 at 03:16 PM | 0 comment(s)
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Predictions for every MLB team on eve of Opening Day | FOX Sports

Ken Rosenthal’s picks.

Jim Furtado Posted: April 06, 2015 at 08:49 AM | 5 comment(s)
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Monday, March 30, 2015

The 2015 Season Preview in Data Visualization – The Hardball Times

Some great stuff in this post. Really, go look at it.

Jim Furtado Posted: March 30, 2015 at 10:32 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: predictions, sabermetrics

Sunday, March 22, 2015

The PosCast with Joe Posnanski and Michael Schur - 3/21/15

Pace of play: Both Joe Posnanski and Michael Schur dislike the new pace of play rules. They fear that they will detract from the feel of the sport, and from the hitter/pitcher “chess game.” They believe it is pointless to address the pace of play without addressing the main problem, which in their opinion is pitching changes. Since pitching changes are opportunities to run commercials, they are pessimistic that anything meaningful can be accomplished on this front.

Playoff picks: In the AL, Poz has the Red Sox beating the Angels in the LCS; Schur has Mariners over Red Sox. In the NL, Schur has Dodgers over Nationals; Poz has Cubs over somebody.

Draft: This week’s draft is “great things about baseball.”

  1. Poz - The ball
  2. Schur - No clock
  3. Poz - Baseball caps
  4. Schur - Baseball cards (This leads to both deciding that Matt Szczur, of whom neither of them had previously heard, is their favorite player)
  5. Poz - Statistics
  6. Schur - Non-uniform playing field dimensions (Schur pulls off an impressive combination of knowledge and ignorance when he mentions “John McGraw Stadium”)
  7. Poz - Baseball on the radio, especially Vin Scully
  8. Schur - “Homer” announcers
  9. Poz - Triples
  10. Schur - ? Draft ended early.

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Rankings baseball’s top 10 defenses for 2015. | SportsonEarth.com : Anthony Castrovince Article

I liked the Semien comment. A lot of people don’t think Semien has the chops to handle shortstop on a regular basis. When you look at it from this perspective, though, it doesn’t seem to be a stretch to have him stay there.

Man, so many changes to this roster in such a short time. But attention to detail on defense is a constant. Brett Lawrie, if healthy (that’s always the “if” with Lawrie), is a major defensive asset at the hot corner. Ben Zobrist can handle seemingly every position on the field with aplomb, which is why he’s so valuable. Marcus Semien will be an upgrade over Jed Lowrie at short. Between Josh Reddick, Coco Crisp and whoever plays left field—Sam Fuld or Craig Gentry - the outfield is well-situated from a defensive standpoint.

Jim Furtado Posted: February 14, 2015 at 09:44 AM | 2 comment(s)
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