Monthly Archives: September 2011

Replacement Level Playoff Preview

After the wildest end to the regular season in recent memory, the baseball playoffs are here. Regardless of your team of choice, this is one of the best times of the year, when the difference between a great team and … Continue reading

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Boston Red Sox: 1978 vs. 2011

Today, the Portland Forecaster will publish my prediction that the Red Sox will win the World Series despite their historically ugly September. While I could still see that happening, I’m not quite as optimistic as I was when I wrote … Continue reading

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First Ballots- Connie and Willie

As a proud member of the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, I get the privilege of voting for certain awards similar to, but not affiliated with, MLB’s postseason awards. The first two awards on the docket are the Connie Mack Award, given … Continue reading

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NL Cy Young Race Too Close to Call

In reviewing MVP and Cy Young races this week, I saved the NL Cy Young for last, and I’m glad I did. Since I started this series, the three legitimate contenders, Roy Halladay, Clayton Kershaw, and Cliff Lee, each pitched … Continue reading

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Sifting Through NL MVP Candidates

In this week’s blog series, I’m running through the MVP and Cy Young debates in each league, and while three of the four awards feel like toss-ups, the NL MVP is the one that makes my head spin the most. … Continue reading

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Is the AL Cy Young Still Up for Grabs?

Six weeks ago, I wrote that the AL Cy Young race was wide open, with Justin Verlander, Jered Weaver, and CC Sabathia all excellent candidates. I ended that analysis with “I expect one of these three pitchers will create some … Continue reading

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Revisiting the AL MVP Race

On August 2, I handicapped both leagues’ MVP and Cy Young races as I saw them at the time. As we enter the final weeks of the season, the AL Cy Young race has probably been decided, but the other … Continue reading

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Catcher Wins and MVPs

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from Joe Morgan and Jon Heyman, it’s that the Cy Young Award should go to the pitcher in each league with the most wins. After all, winning is the object of baseball, and teams … Continue reading

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In Defense of WAR

The baseball blog community is abuzz today with news of blogger Hippeaux’s piece at It’s All About the Money, Stupid, called “Is WAR the new RBI?” In this piece, Hippeaux posits that shortcomings in the formula for Wins Above Replacement … Continue reading

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Kennedy Great, But Not a Cy Young Contender

Last night, Ian Kennedy and the Diamondbacks beat Tim Lincecum and the Giants in a pivotal contest that may have sealed the NL West for Arizona. The Snakes are now six games up with 23 to play, so a comeback … Continue reading

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