Here at Baseball Prospectus, we are dedicated to providing you with oodles of cutting-edge sabermetric analysis and keeping our finger on the pulse of the baseball world. With a slew of daily articles, it’s easy for one piece to get lost in the shuffle or for you to overlook a post while you’re busy hiding your monitor from your boss. Just in case this happens to be your situation, here’s what you might have missed this week at BP.






  • Each team has usually has a designated scrapper, the guy who can be called upon to be gritty, gutty, and capable of standing at any position on the field at the tug of a hamstring. For the Tigers, Don Kelly has filled the role well, and as David finds out, he’s adding some tools of ignorance to his toolbox.
  • Opening Day is officially less than a week away, and some teams are set to start interdivision play immediately. Such is the case in the NL Central, and Larry Granillo examines the matchups to see who might have the edge in the early going.
  • Going into the season, analysts are constantly asked for players who might be sleepers, but occasionally they’re asked about sleeper teams. Jay Jaffe spoke off the cuff about the Cubs’ good chances to grab a share in the NL Central race, but was his answer the same once he did his homework? Answer: Cubs fans, you’ve been tortured for over 100 years. Do you expect me to give you the answer this easily?

 Have a spectacular weekend, and just think—by this time next week, we’ll be enjoying regular-season baseball again. See you Monday!