Perspective on the Giants’ Power Woes

The Giants’ record is one thing, some operatic tragedy that has the gentle people of San Francisco seriously worried the team won’t win the World Series this year. I could talk about that, but I’ll throw maybe three extra views Grant Bisbee’s way over at McCovey Chronicles: he covered their… Read more“Perspective on the Giants’ Power Woes”

Shades of Blue: Comparing the Dodgers with the Best of the National League

In the West, Los Angeles leads San Francisco by 4.5 games; in the East, Washington has opened up a six-game lead on Atlanta; in the Central, Milwaukee sits three games above its closest competitor. It is likely that all three of the current division leaders will make the playoffs, most… Read more“Shades of Blue: Comparing the Dodgers with the Best of the National League”

A Superficial Look at Arizona’s Superficial Home/Road Split

We wouldn’t expect the Arizona Diamondbacks to be good anywhere; even so, their futility at home is something of anomaly. Through 40 home games, the Dbacks are 13-27, whereas on the road they are a .500 ballclub at 18-18. What gives? Below I’ve provided some basic hitting and pitching splits… Read more“A Superficial Look at Arizona’s Superficial Home/Road Split”

The Coors Field Effect on This Year’s Colorado Rockies

It is true almost every year, but especially in this young 2014 season, that the Colorado Rockies have an offense that no other team in the major leagues can hope to match, thanks to the obscene run environment of their home park Coors Field. I say obscene because in the… Read more“The Coors Field Effect on This Year’s Colorado Rockies”

Weekend Preview April 18 – 20

Six of our 10 teams in the AL and NL West play each other this weekend, so there are seven series to rank based on their level of intrigue. As the season progresses and stats stop looking like gibberish, and as experience teaches me, I will add more and more… Read more“Weekend Preview April 18 – 20”

Distinguishing Between the Giants and the Dodgers (Update 4/18)

San Francisco and Los Angeles have played six times so far, San Francisco winning four. Today they finished a three-game set in San Francisco whose games had a combined margin of three runs. The run differentials are nearly identical, as is everything about the offenses so far; the Giants have… Read more“Distinguishing Between the Giants and the Dodgers (Update 4/18)”

2014 NL West Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the best team in the National League and the other four teams in the division are no slouches themselves. The cellar of this division is miles above the cellars of the Central and East. The Rockies are just a couple of arms away from having… Read more“2014 NL West Preview”