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The Not So Tough “Tough Loss”

The Not So Tough “Tough Loss”

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

November 20, 2018


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Terminology: WAR = Wins Above Replacement, single number to estimate the value of a player. MVP = Most Valuable Player award, awarded to one player from each league at the end of the season. ERA = Earned Run Average, how many earned runs a pitcher allows per nine innings. Game score = A metric tha...

The Hypocrisy Of The MLB MVP Finalists

The Hypocrisy Of The MLB MVP Finalists

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

November 15, 2018


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On November 5, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced the finalists for the American League (AL) and National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) awards. They announced the three finalists from each league, or the players that will finish in the top three in the voting for both ...

The Rays’ Reliever Revolution

The Rays’ Reliever Revolution

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

November 8, 2018


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Even before a pitch was thrown in spring training, it was already decided that the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees would make the playoffs. Both the Red Sox and Yankees had made the playoffs in 2017 and acquired MVP-caliber players (JD Martinez and Giancarlo Stanton, respectively) in the offseason....

The Problem With Baserunning

The Problem With Baserunning

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

October 1, 2018


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Who is the best base runner is baseball? A speedster like Dee Gordon or Billy Hamilton? What about a baserunning mastermind like Paul Goldschmidt? The two most valuable base runners in baseball last year were actually Byron Buxton and Mookie Betts. While they did not have the same volume of steals as ...

Inherited Runners – The Next WAR Factor

Inherited Runners – The Next WAR Factor

Johnny Asel, Staff Reporter

September 26, 2018


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CRACK! As Houston Astros catcher Evan Gattis’s line drive landed down the left field line, it brought both Andrew Cashner’s season and the Texas Rangers’ playoff hopes to their final games. The hit gave the Astros an 8-2 lead and they went on to win the game. The runners Cashner had left on f...

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