EJ and Scott discuss the 2018 Boston Red Sox. Are they are good as advertised?
Setting a lineup is the most idiot-proof aspect of baseball. Except for catchers, the best players take the field every day. There are slight nuances, such as a player needing a rest, playing an occasional platoon advantage, and managing minor injuries. On the whole, the lineup changes very little. Furthermore, batting order doesn’t even matter too […]
Following the acquisition of reigning National League MVP, Giancarlo Stanton, the Yankees looked to shed payroll elsewhere on the roster in hopes of staying under MLB’s 2018 luxury-tax threshold of $197 million. Third baseman Chase Headley was subsequently traded to the San Diego Padres, freeing up $13 million. While Headley could not replicate his Gold […]
When the Yankees signed Aroldis Chapman to a 5-year, $86 million contract, they expected to have an elite relief pitcher for most of that term. They did not expect the first year to feature a very shaky 3.22 ERA/2.53 FIP/3.34 DRA, lots of blown saves, and for Chapman to lose his closing job briefly over […]
The calendar has turned to 2018 and with a new year comes new expectations. Last year, the New York Yankees season was deemed a “rebuilding” year. The 2017 Yankees shattered those expectations, falling one win short of the World Series. 2018 has a much different feel. Aaron Judge is no longer a rookie. Luis Severino […]
The 1968 Detroit Tigers won 103 games and the American League pennant. However, they had a serious lineup construction problem as they prepared to face the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series: four of their best players were outfielders (there was no DH yet). Willie Horton (167 wRC+), Al Kaline (146 wRC+), Jim Northrup […]
It’s quite clear that the Yankees are planning to have Gleyber Torres become an infield mainstay this year. Whether that’s immediately on Opening Day or by some time in the middle of the season, Torres is expected to become the starting second or third baseman by year’s end. Torres is the team’s top prospect and one […]
The Yankees seem to have as many capable outfielders in the organization as they have pinstripes on the team’s home uniform. Clint Frazier is one of them. In a group that includes stars like Aaron Judge and Giancarlo Stanton, a veteran leader like Brett Gardner, the skilled Aaron Hicks, and Jacoby Ellsbury, there isn’t much room […]