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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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MLB Power Rankings

by Bill M July 8, 2014
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The MLB Power Rankings are back!  This is also the true mid-point of the season. *Stats and records through 07/05/2014 #1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 54-33 (Last Ranking – #1) The A’s didn’t have their best week (4-3), but they still have the best record in baseball.  They have over double the closest run differential and […]

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MLB Power Rankings

by Bill M June 30, 2014
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The MLB Power Rankings are back!  This is also the true mid-point of the season. *Stats and records through 06/28/2014 #1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 50-30 (Last Ranking – #1) The A’s are far and away the best team is baseball.  They have scored the most runs and have allowed the fewest for a run differential […]

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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 27, 2014
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*Stats and records through 05/24/2014   #1 – OAKLAND ATHLETICS, 30-19 (Last Week – #1) The A’s only went 3-3 last week, but part of that was because they dropped two to the red hot Blue Jays. They are still very strong statistically (2nd in combined WAR), so I didn’t feel like going against a […]

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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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