Now that the Astros’ championship drought is over, let’s look back at their team essay in the 2017 Baseball Prospectus Annual.
Ruben Amaro said he consulted some rabbis before signing Delmon Young. Here’s one way that conversation might have unfolded.
The changes made to this year’s All-Star Game voting may have been rushed, but they also may be the answer.
…is a suspension.
The Indians decision to lock up to of their starting pitchers without much of a track record makes sense based on the lack of arms coming through their system.
An offseason filled with sugestions of change following another year of stifled offense brings about a familiar feeling.
How the Astros double as an insurance company.
Clayton Kershaw’s numbers would look even better if he didn’t have such bad luck with his road ballparks.
PECOTA expects Kershaw to be great once again, but what do the extreme projections, both good and bad ends, foresee?
Are the Indians early start times a roundabout way to keep from losing viewers late during long games?
PECOTA seems to always underestimate the Orioles. Another last-place finish is projected, but is it justified?
PECOTA says the Phillies are headed for the worst record in baseball, just four years after having the best. It turns out that’s pretty rare.
The author takes a look at some of the names PECOTA comes up with as comparisons to certain players, from the odd to the interesting.
How much value does the Brewers Timeless Ticket promotion really hold?
Ben and Zachary answer emails about Hall of Fame voting, stats in other sports, baseball with no projections, and more (plus a Play Index about plunkings).
Craig Biggio is a well-deserving Hall of Famer and the first Astro to be enshrined, but it’s odd that he may not even be the best player eligible for Cooperstown on his Astros teams.