Most of us know that Andrew Miller’s slider is excellent; but let’s illustrate just how unhittable the postseason’s best reliever’s best pitch is.Read more "We Need to Talk About Andrew Miller’s Slider"
Four years ago, no one chose Kent Bazemore. In 2016, Atlanta did, for $70 million.Read more "4/70 Baze It: How Kent Bazemore Found His Place"
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"
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"
Let’s talk about Jeff Samardzija. As a lifelong Cubs fan, I’m all too familiar with him, both highs and lows. He was the ordained ace for a lot of Chicago’s bad seasons, until he turned down a 5-year contract in the neighborhood of $85 million and ended up on the South Side by way of […]Read more "Shark’s Selection: How Jeff Samardzija is Producing for the Giants"
I really like Yasiel Puig. I always have. Let’s get that clear (I have a bobblehead on my desk), because picking apart a player’s rough year always seems a bit mean. He’s fun to watch, and he has all the potential in the world. That being said, he underachieved a bit last year (but he […]Read more "Yasiel’s Yield: Looking at Yasiel Puig’s Early-Season Struggles"
Draymond Green was always going to have a solid NBA career. Despite being picked 35th overall (underrated), he’s always been one of those guys who knew his spots and played them at an average or better level. He’s always been a decent passer, a very good rebounder, and a passable-at-least scorer. He’s an energy guy […]Read more "Swiss Army Wrecking Ball: Draymond Green’s Stellar Playoffs"
It’s not surprising that Kris Bryant was unhappy with his league-leading strikeout rate last year. It might not even be surprising to find out that he wasn’t satisfied with his breakout rookie campaign, in which he batted .275 with 26 home runs and an on-base percentage of .369, amassing a rookie WAR of 6.5. Hunger […]Read more "New Contact: Kris Bryant’s New Swing and How It Impacts His Hitting"
If you ask any Golden State Warriors fan what the most reliable shot is that they see game to game, number one is probably a Steph Curry three. Somewhere near the top, though, you’ll also see a Shaun Livingston post-up. Whether it’s a spin to the hoop or a fadeaway, the backup point guard’s post […]Read more "Always Back Down: The Effectiveness of Shaun Livingston Post-Ups"
It’s been awhile since baseball was a winning sport all across Chicago. The Chicago White Sox won the city a title back in ‘05, but they haven’t made much noise since beyond a couple seasons around the 90-win mark. The Chicago Cubs have had three or four “next year is this year” teases in the […]Read more "North Side, South Side: Comparing the Hot Starts of the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Cubs"