In Sports on February 19, 2015 at 12:53 pm
By: Brian Mangan
edit: The first draft of this article erroneously attributed the Deadspin article to Tim Marchman. It was actually written by Tom Ley.
There is a non-controversy on Twitter today which is quickly being turned into an actual controversy thanks to the low-brow muck-rakers over at Deadspin, who I thought could not possibly get any lower.
It came out this morning that a young father named Jim Milbrandt had written to all 30 MLB teams to do a fairly interesting, yet tiny and innocuous, project:
I decided to contact all 30 MLB teams on behalf of my 20 month old son, Mason. I simply sent an email to the franchise and asked if they would be nice enough to send him a fan pack. I also included a photo of Mason in my email.
I will be tracking the results in this blog and handing out letter grades for each franchise. Feel free to contact me with any questions.
Seriously, it doesn’t get much cuter than that, does it? Milbrandt seems like a big baseball fan, so good for him for reaching out to teams and for doing a cute little public service of posting their responses. Milbrandt’s blog has only one post — this one. Seems like a non-story, right?
In Sports, Uncategorized on February 17, 2015 at 12:11 am
By: Michael Abitabilo
Call it New (York) Math. On the back of huge performances from Ryan McDonagh (27), Chris Kreider (20), Derek Stepan (21), Martin St. Louis (26), Kevin Klein (8) and Marc Staal (18), the New York Rangers’ earned more than just two points against the New York Islanders on Monday.
The Rangers entered Monday’s game with a record of 0-3 versus the Islanders this season, having been badly outplayed for most of the nine periods and outscored 13-4 over that span. And while it is doubtful the players and coaching staff took the Islanders’ fans’ “You Can’t Beat Us” chant to heart, the Rangers had to be wondering if the Islanders presented insurmountable matchup problems for a Rangers club that has shown it can skate with any team in the league. With the win, the Rangers (and their fans) can rest easy knowing that the “any team in the league” category now includes the Islanders.
In Sports on February 5, 2015 at 2:07 pm
By: Brian Mangan
Last week I took at look at the Marlins projected WAR totals compared to the Nationals in an attempt to explain that the Marlins don’t project to be as serious of a contender as many are making them out to be in 2015. (The Read Zone, January 22). At this time, it looks like the Nationals are about 12-14 games better than the Marlins.
So where do the Mets rank relative to their two primary contenders? It looks like they are somewhere in between. Anything can happen in a long season, but right now I’ve got the Nationals around 97 wins, the Mets around 86 wins, and the Marlins around 84 wins.
Just as we discussed last time, these numbers are just a loose framework for the discussion as, for instance, the figures we will discuss below have been rounded to the nearest number. What’s more, some of them provide an inaccurate picture of what will actually happen on the field. This is especially true in the case of a platoon, such as the Mets’ proposed Cuddyer-Duda platoon.
Finally, WAR projections cannot (or should not) be used in order to try and project a team’s overall record. However, as a framework for comparing one team to another — I am a big fan.
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According to ZiPS, a projection system posted year on Fangraphs, the Nationals can look to their starting eight to provide somewhere in the neighborhood of 23 WAR (wins above replacement) while the Marlins can count on somewhere around 17. The Mets project to around 20-21 WAR from their lineup: