American League Awards Check-In

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With nearly a third of the season complete, it is time to look at some of the major award races in the American League. Ranging from Most Valuable Player to Manager of the Year, each award race will be covered. There have been some surprises in the AL this season that could impact some of […] READ MORE


2021 Yankees First Quarter Review

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The New York Yankees have not lived up to expectations in 2021. With a 22-18 record, the club is about a quarter of the way through the season. The team’s .550 win percentage equals about 89 wins over the course of a full season. While that is still a solid win total, it is nowhere […] READ MORE


2021 Dive into Jameson Taillon

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Through his first seven starts, Jameson Taillon has put up a 5.40 ERA and 4.46 FIP over 33 1/3 innings pitched. His eight home runs allowed are tied for the fourth-most in the majors. His 74 ERA+ means he has been 26% worse than the league average. With a -0.2 bWAR and 0.4 fWAR, there […] READ MORE


Jonathan Loaisiga: The Most Improved Yankee

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After Sunday’s win over the Detroit Tigers, the New York Yankees are back at .500 for the first time since Monday, April 12, when they were 5-5. In sweeping Detroit at home and going 9-4 in their last 13 games, New York is playing its best baseball of the season right now. Despite the team […] READ MORE


Gerrit Cole is Living up to the Hype in 2021

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After a 2019 season, in which Gerrit Cole struck out 326 batters in 212 1/3 innings while posting a 2.50 ERA, it was realistic to think that could not be replicated. After all, albeit still great, Cole’s 2020 season did not come close to his 2019 performance. In 12 starts, he posted a 2.84 ERA […] READ MORE


Dissecting the New York Yankees’ Offense

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The New York Yankees are a very talented ball club. It is important to get that note out of the way before going into their issues. Coming into Sunday, New York’s record is at 5-9. That is their worst start to a season since 2016, which is the last time they missed the playoffs. Entering […] READ MORE


The Evolution of Aroldis Chapman

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New York Yankees reliever Aroldis Chapman, aka The Cuban Missile, is one of the more impactful pitchers in history. Debuting in 2010, Chapman was throwing harder than anyone has ever thrown. He pitched in 15 games in 2010, totaling 13 1/3 innings. His four-seam fastball averaged an otherwordly 100.3 mph. From 2014 through 2017, his […] READ MORE


Previewing 2021 AL Cy Young Contenders

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As one writer previewed last week in the NL, it is time to look at the possible AL Cy Young contenders. Unlike the National League, there is no clear-cut favorite. Gerrit Cole is arguably the best pitcher in the AL, yet Shane Bieber and Lucas Giolito are also seen as frontrunners for the award. All […] READ MORE


Previewing 2021 NL Cy Young Contenders

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Awards season is about eight months away but it is never too early to think about a possible NL Cy Young race. New York Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom won the award in 2018 and 2019, and finished third in 2020. Considering his recent performance and his Spring Training form, deGrom again is the favorite to […] READ MORE


Five Dark Horse MVP Candidates in the NL East

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On paper, the National League East is the deepest division in baseball. The division boasts four teams that can plausibly contend for the playoffs. Those teams are the New York Mets, Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, and the Philadelphia Phillies. Even the Miami Marlins have an outside shot to be a solid team this season because […] READ MORE