The tater trots for April 14: Kemp’s big day, Helton finds the fountain of youth, Big Papi’s first trot, and a pair of speedsters.
News and notes on NL West prospects to keep an eye on.
What are some of the nagging questions up and down the West Coast?
Andrew Bailey will be hitting the surgical table soon, a pitcher finds extra discomfort while vomiting, and the AL East bullpens suddenly look much thinner.
There is too little evidence in the Troy Tulowitzki-Ubaldo Jimenez spat to draw definitive conclusions.
Soreness and tendinitis plague several ballplayers just before the regular season begins.
Which hitters and pitchers were helped or hurt most by their ballparks last season?
The Phillies and Rockies both have gaping holes and could become perfect trade partners.
R.J. peers into his clouded crystal ball and selects the likeliest successor to the Diamondbacks’ title as most surprisingly successful team.
Which teams have the strongest starting rotations in the senior circuit?
A roundtable discussion of the state of the NL West and how each team will fare in the coming year.
Pinpointing the positions with the worst projections on this season’s likely contending clubs.
Which teams are likely to see significantly more production from their new players at positions in need of improvement?
There is enough evidence to perform at least an exploratory empirical analysis of what types of skills are best accentuated by Coors Field.
The 17th installment of Joe Sheehan’s excellent newsletter appeared in my inbox last night, and it featured analysis of the big, weird Rockies-Marlins-Braves deal that was hinted at last week and finally agreed upon–pending approval from the commissioner’s office–this weekend. In analyzing the deal, Joe puts the Rockies in the winner’s column and gives the Marlins a goose egg.
Let’s say you’re a pitcher of some repute, and you’re making mad cash at the front end of a long-term contract. You signed with a mediocre team that plays in a hostile environment as part of Revision 12 of that team’s ongoing quest to solve the riddle of their home field.