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MLB: American League Preview

by Bill M April 9, 2015
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Welcome to MLB 2015!  Here’s a quick outlook for each team.  I’ll tackle them in order by my predicted order, picking up with the American League today. AMERICAN LEAGUE EAST  BOSTON RED SOX The Sox are trying to go from worst-to-first for the second time in the last three years, and I think at least […]

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MLB Power Rankings

by Bill M August 3, 2014
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A lot of mediocrity this week… *Stats and records through 08/02/2014 #1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 67-42 (Last Ranking – #1) The A’s simply treaded water this week (3-3), but it was a good time to do it because nearly all of the teams in the Top 10 did the same thing.  The stats are deteriorating […]

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MLB Power Rankings

by Bill M July 29, 2014
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And away we go with the unofficial 2nd half getting underway. *Stats and records through 07/26/2014 #1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 64-39 (Last Ranking – #1) After coasting for a couple of weeks leading into the All-Star break, Oakland came out with guns a blazing (6-3 since the last ranking).  They are still just dominant in […]

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MLB Power Rankings

by Bill M July 14, 2014
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The last Power Ranking before the All-Star Break.  It will be very interesting to re-visit this list in October. *Stats and records through 07/12/2014 #1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 58-36 (Last Ranking – #1) The A’s have kind of been coasting the last couple of weeks (4-3 in each week), but they also still have the […]

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Fear & Loathing in Small Samples

by Bill M June 11, 2014
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After looking at pitching performances, I’m turning my attention toward offense. Like using xFIP for the pitchers, I’m going to use an advanced statistic for the hitters as well.  Pulled from FanGraphs again, I’m using Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) for the hitters.  To quote FanGraphs, “Weighted On-Base Average (wOBA) is one of the most important […]

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MLB Power Rankings

by Bill M June 9, 2014
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After a week off while I was on vacation, the MLB Power Rankings are back!  The top 3 is the same, and the gap between them and the rest is growing.   *Stats and records through 06/07/2014 #1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 38-24 (Last Ranking – #1) The A’s do not have the best record in […]

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MLB Power Rankings

by Bill M May 20, 2014
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*Stats and records through 05/17/2014 #1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 27-16 (Last Week – #2) The A’s were #2 last week and put together a 5-1 record this week, posting the most combined WAR in the majors during the period.  They also now have the best season combined WAR.  I was close to putting them #1 […]

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MLB Power Rankings

by Bill M May 12, 2014
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*Stats and records through 05/10/2014 #1 – COLORDO ROCKIES, 23-16 Sure, we know they have the Coors Field advantage offensively, but led by Troy Tulowitzki’s crazy explosion, they have an OPS 98 points higher than any team in baseball.  That’s just crazy.  To put it in perspective, you have to go down to #24 on […]

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MLB Breakdown: Baltimore Orioles

by Bill M February 17, 2014
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NOTE: The team write-ups are based on my preparation for my fantasy season rather than trying to breakdown teams or focus on actual MLB.  The main fantasy format I play is Scoresheet baseball, which is a simulation service, so skills are more important that counting numbers for me.  But, a good player is a good […]

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2013 American League Mid Season Report

by Bill M July 9, 2013
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Traditionally, the Major League Baseball All-Star Game marks the “mid-point” of the season, but the game is actually held 3-4 week past the actual midpoint.  This report finds you about a week late, as last Sunday, June 30, 2013 marked the actual mid-point when most of the teams had approximately 81 games played. So, I […]

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