Fixing The Bullpen: The Key to the Mets’ 2019 Success

Heading into the 2018 season, the Mets were poised to make noise in the NL East. They looked to get back into their form from 2015 and 2016. Both years yielded positive results, as 2015 marked a World Series appearance and 2016 an opportunity in Wild Card game. However, a 70-92 finish in 2017 left the team searching for answers and a need to improve drastically. What actually happened in 2018 was a different story.

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Stock Analysis - Manny Machado (MCDO): Bearish or Bullish?

Manny Machado has turned a lot of heads this postseason, and it hasn’t been because of how well he is playing. Instead, there are experts claiming that the Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop, a pending free agent, has cost himself money this winter because of a poor attitude, a lack of hustle and some especially dirty play.

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No Regrets From Brew Crew's Counsell

You may have heard that Craig Counsell, the manager of the Milwaukee Brewers, has a pretty neat backstory. His dad worked in the Brewers public relations department when Counsell was a kid.

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Post-Season Most Popular Award: Jesus Aguilar

Professional sports and the media coverage of them has a coastal bias. Teams in California and New York tend to get more screen time than those in the mid-west. As a result, the players on clubs in the middle of the country can find it difficult to breakthrough the noise and become familiar faces in a league full of talent.

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Clayton Kershaw's Game 5 Breakdown

Every time Clayton Kershaw struggles in the postseason, a familiar narrative is made new again. “He can’t get it done in the big game. He’s a regular season pitcher.” The truth is that even future Hall of Famers, like Kershaw, have bad games.

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NLCS Preview: Dodgers vs Brewers

This is where the Los Angeles Dodgers always planned to end up. As one of MLB’s perennial big spenders, anything less than the game’s semi-finals would be inadequate. For the Milwaukee Brewers, an NLCS appearance this season seemed possible…

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Clayton Kershaw: Newfound Effectiveness by Injury or Intent?

Clayton Kershaw has been a Major League pitcher for 11 seasons now. His 6’4 frame, $215 million contract, 153 career wins, sub-3 ERA for his career, and 2,275 strikeouts can be quite an intimidating factor when batters step into the box. But what has this season’s Clayton Kershaw different from years past?

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Moneyball 2.0: How a $66 Million Payroll can Result in 97 Wins

This year’s American League Wild Card Game saw two teams from both ends of the spectrum battle it out in a winner take all. The New York Yankees had the 6th highest payroll in baseball this season and second highest in the American League, at $179 million. Meanwhile the Oakland Athletics came in with Major League Baseball’s lowest payroll of $66 million…

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2018 AL MVP: Betts, Trout and JD

JD Martinez had one of the most historical seasons at the plate, almost pulling off the Triple Crown. He finished first in RBIs but second in home runs and batting average. While almost accomplishing one of the games rarest feats, it doesn’t necessarily make him a shoe in for AL MVP. When taking advanced statistics into account, this battle will be one for the ages.

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Braves vs Dodgers: Analysis and Predictions

This is the exact scenario that every Atlanta Braves proponent was scared about. The NL East champions are brimming with talent, youth and excitement. They are going to put together a deep playoff run eventually, and it could happen soon, but 2018 may just be too soon. They already find themselves down 2-0 to the proven Los Angeles Dodgers, and neither game has been particularly competitive.

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NLDS Rockies vs Brewers: Analysis and Predictions

The Colorado Rockies entered the playoffs as the second-highest scoring offense in the entire National League. All of the sudden, they’ve gone cold, and the frustration has been evident. Chris Iannetta broke a bat over his leg following a strikeout. Nolan Arenado couldn’t stop talking to himself after whiffing on a badly hung breaking ball. Colorado has yet to score more than two runs in a game this postseason, and it has them on the brink of a swift exit.

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ALDS Series Preview: Astros vs Indians

These two teams had the two most valuable rotations in all of Major League Baseball in 2018. Cleveland finished the year at the top of the pile with a 22.9 fWAR while Houston was right behind them with a 22.5 fWAR. Their starters finished in the top three in baseball in ERA, xFIP and strikeout rate to name a just a few categories.

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Data Analysis on True Value of Home Field Advantage in the Playoff

From 2003 until 2017, Major League Baseball tried something different. Rather than giving home field advantage in the World Series to the team that won more games during the regular season, it was determined based on the outcome of each season’s All-Star Game. Just about everyone around the league hated this system, and it was eventually scrapped. But why the vitriol? Does it really make a difference where the games are played?

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2018 Playoff Picture: Who will win late in the game?

There has never been a better time to be a relief pitcher in Major League Baseball. Elite closers make massive salaries, teams are altering their entire approach to pitching and hitters are ill-equipped to deal with a revolving door of talent on the mound. This all sets up for a 2018 postseason that could come down to which team did the best job of stockpiling arms throughout the summer.

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