Articles by Mike


Mike writes about lots of baseball in lots of places, and right now that place is


Smell You Later

I often say the first baseball writing I ever publicly published was back in 2007 wishing the Dodgers would play Wilson Betemit over Nomar Garciaparra at third base, largely because Juan Pierre was outslugging Nomar — it used fielding percentage! — but that’s not really true. Seems the first thing I ever wrote that I…


How Do You Feel About the Alex Wood / Hector Olivera Trade Today?

Remember last summer’s oddest trade? Let’s modify from Baseball-Reference: July 30, 2015: Luis Avilan, Bronson Arroyo, Jim Johnson, Jose Peraza and Alex Wood acquired by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Zachary Bird (minors), Hector Olivera and Paco Rodriguez to the Atlanta Braves. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Victor Araujo (minors), Jeff…


Maybe Howie Kendrick’s Dodger Career Isn’t Over Yet

News this morning from Ken Rosenthal: Sources: #Dodgers considering Kendrick. Not ideal fit with Kiké, Utley at 2B. Greater need for depth at 3B; Turner coming off knee surgery. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 29, 2016 Dodger fans, at least the ones I’ve heard from, have wanted Howie Kendrick back for months. (Some because they…


Yimi Garcia Is King Of Fastball Spin

You probably know that I write for and specifically about Statcast, and so earlier this month I put together some visuals about how spin and velocity correlate. For the most part, they don’t; Chris Young & Dellin Betances have the same spin rate on their fastballs, but there’s a velocity difference of about a…


Bet You Didn’t See the Dodgers Signing Joe Blanton, Did You

Welp, didn’t see this coming: Source: Joe Blanton, Dodgers agree to one-year, $4 million deal. — Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 19, 2016 You may remember Joe Blanton from such times as “having a 4.99 ERA in 10 games for the 2012 Dodgers,” and “actually having retired in 2014,” and “getting DFA’d by the Royals before…


The Dodgers Rank Highly In The 2016 Projections

You may have noticed that FanGraphs’ initial 2016 projections came out, and… whoa: Cubs, 95-67 Red Sox, 92-70 Dodgers, 90-72 The Dodgers, the third-best team in baseball! This should come along with about a million different caveats including “sequencing and dumb-ass luck matter,” and “the projections don’t really handle relievers very well,” and “just because…


How’s That 2016 Dodgers Roster Coming Along?

It’s New Year’s Eve. The Dodgers finally did something! And it looks pretty good! As we’ve been saying all along, it’s hard to judge the roster too much until the spring, considering how few trades have been made and how many very good free agents remain on the board. On the other hand, all you…