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)”

Time to Talk Standings

We’re basically ten percent into the season, and the standings at this point look plenty interesting. There is a standings page here at Midnight Baseball, besides standings you’ll find projections that modify themselves after I input the results of each game. Since that page sometimes takes a few seconds to… Read more“Time to Talk Standings”

Good/Bad Defense: Third Base

Two gifs courtesy of today’s games illustrate in a nutshell the consequences of good defense. First, we look at young Matt Dominguez of the Houston Astros. He’s alright with the glove, not the best but renowned for keeping his eye on the ball and undergoing hilarious face contortions when throwing… Read more“Good/Bad Defense: Third Base”

Hunter Pence and Throwing Like You Don’t Have an Elbow

San Francisco outfielder Hunter Pence nailed a possibly inebriate Mark Trumbo at third early in the Giants’ Opening Day victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Look at the ball just shoot out of his hand. That’s a throwing form unlike anyone else’s. Luckily for you, the aspiring big leaguer, Pence, for… Read more“Hunter Pence and Throwing Like You Don’t Have an Elbow”

Opening Day Stats

It was a quirky day for offense in the AL West. The four teams playing today hit .255 in 141 at-bats. That’s 36 hits, resulting in 23 runs scored. The hits came in bunches, accompanied by 17 walks. The Mariners drew eight of those walks, in what was truly a… Read more“Opening Day Stats”

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”