Of all the things that seemed like they would happen in the 2016 French Open, two didn’t happen. Serena Williams lost the Final in two sets (5-7, 4-6) to Garbine Muguruza, a 4-seed. The other was Novak Djokovic winning his first French Open, the final jewel to his Majors crown that eluded him for years, […]Read more "The Summit and the Climb: The Meaning Behind Serena Williams and Novak Djokovic in the 2016 French Open"
Javier Baez has been the second-worst kept secret in the Chicago Cubs development system over the past couple years. In that time, he’s struggled with intermittent flashes of brilliance. When he hits, he hits. His giant, loopy swing and bat speed make every fly look like it should hit the streets outside a park, and […]Read more "Compact Swing, Contact Hitting: How Javier Baez is Steadily Figuring it Out"
It’s no surprise that a team with two of the greatest all-over shooters takes a lot of attempts off of screens, particularly in the playoffs. The assertion that the Golden State Warriors take quick shots immediately off picks passes the eye test, but particular attention should be paid to their current playoffs MVP, Klay Thompson. […]Read more "Screen Play: The Effectiveness of the Klay Thompson’s Quick Trigger Off Picks"
It’s time for the Warriors to stop treating Andre Roberson like they did Tony Allen last year. Switching Andrew Bogut onto Allen was a watershed moment in the Playoffs last year, and it paid off for Golden State. They watched Allen brick shots at a steady rate en route to a handy defeat of the […]Read more "It’s Time for the Warriors to Stop Treating Andre Roberson Like Tony Allen"
Between Game of Thrones and the NBA Playoffs, there are two different sets “others” lurking in the North that almost nobody is paying enough attention to. Only one, however, just weathered two seemingly decisive wins to even a series against the (prematurely?) anointed Cavaliers. Suddenly, Cleveland has dropped consecutive games to a Raptors squad that […]Read more "Winter is Coming: Did Everyone Underestimate the Raptors?"
Contact pitching isn’t as flashy as strikeout dominance, but it can be far more efficient if done well, and Sale has done it dominantly so far.Read more "Sale’s Pitch: How Contact Pitching Has Led to Chris Sale’s Dominant 2016"
Blown leads are the bane of every baseball fan’s existence; it’s a gut punch to watch your team fall from a winning position, regardless of record. That being said, some teams this season have been way better at holding leads than others. In the interest of observing every team from as level a field as […]Read more "By The Numbers: Which Teams Blow the Most Leads When and How Often in 2016"