After a terrific, early, post All-Star break the Orioles have fallen out of postseason contention. Continue reading Accountability Necessary For Falling Orioles
The magical trading wand in major league baseball does not stop at the July 31st deadline. MLB’s August trade deadline has recently generated its first high-profile and somewhat controversial trade between the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. Continue reading The Oddest Win-Win Trade of 2015 so Far.
The Rays have defied logic and enter July as legitimate American League contenders. Darren Helley examines how the Rays have over come losses and injuries and asks whether or not it’s sustainable. Continue reading Contending Rays are Defying Fate
By Darren Helley In somewhat of an alternate voice from the norm; don’t you ever get tired of hearing the same old names making the same old headlines in 2015? Full credit to the top performers of the regular season … Continue reading The Unheralded Performers of 2015 So Far
Our final stop in the mini series of Getting to Know Stats features the calculation of WAR for positional, batting players. For positional players, WAR uses six components within its formula: Batting Runs, Base Running Runs, Fielding Runs, Positional Adjustment … Continue reading Getting to Know Stats: Batting WAR
By Darren Helley Regular statistics in baseball can only tell half the story. As much as home runs, earned run averages and runs batted in can wow us on the stat sheet, they don’t tell us the extent or value … Continue reading Getting to Know Stats: Pitching WAR
By Darren Helley Pound for pound, inch for inch, Jose Altuve is the best contact hitter in baseball. 2014 proved just that; the mighty mouse from Venezuela walked away with the AL Batting Title and both the All-Star appearance and … Continue reading The Next Mr Astro?
By Darren Helley Big hitters drive in the runs; Baserunners are the runs. A vital aspect of the game that has lacked statistical depth is baserunning. A lost art that can be as valuable to scoring runs as the batter at … Continue reading Getting To Know Stats: Baserunning
By Darren Helley Defense wins championships; the simple yet essential and fundamental philosophy of allowing a few runs as possible to secure that precious win. Most fans immediately run to pitching statistics to get a feel for the defensive capabilities … Continue reading Getting to know stats: Fielding and Defense
By Darren Helley Pitching statistics can be both mind-blowing and downright confusing. As compared to the step-by-step evolution of batting statistics, pitching has many more scenarios and external factors surrounding its key stats. None of which proves that better than … Continue reading Getting to know stats: Pitching
By Darren Helley With Opening Day of the 2015 MLB Regular Season on the horizon, we start afresh on the eve of yet another exciting, entertaining summer of baseball. Regardless of how long you’ve been a fan of baseball, a … Continue reading Getting to know stats: hitting
By Darren Helley Exhibition games in both the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues are beginning to get under way as we enter March and the peak of 2015 Spring Training. As the major sprees of the off-season are behind us, and … Continue reading MLB 2015 Offseason Grades: National League West