Two Hours To Go

Lord, remember when this seemed boring? The Red Sox have traded half their team, and though their fans seem very upset, I think they’ve made out extremely well so far. (For FanGraphs, I wrote up the John Lackey / Allen Craig / Joe Kelly deal.) Jon Lester is in Oakland. Yoenis Cespedes is in Boston….


Deadline Day Is Upon Us

Welcome to the final hours of what has been a dreadfully boring July, at least tradewise. (Yes, I suppose the Jeff Samardzija/Jason Hammel deal was in early July, but that now feels so long ago.) All that really happened yesterday was the relatively minor deal of Justin Masterson to the Cardinals for a minor league…


48 Hours Until The Trade Deadline

We’re just under 48 hours until the trade deadline, and the Dodgers are going to get Jon Lester, David Price, Cole Hamels, John Lackey, Jonathan Papelbon, Cliff Lee, Andrew Miller, Koji Uehara, Joaquin Benoit, Ben Zobrist, and Bartolo Colon in exchange for Matt Kemp, Corey Seager, Julio Urias, Joc Pederson, Carl Crawford‘s health insurance bills,…


The Dodgers And Giants, Together At Last

Three games in July can’t “make or break” a season. They can change a season’s direction — for example, if you’re on the fence about buying or selling before the deadline and you go out and get destroyed — but by themselves, three games can’t be more important than the combined impact of 159 others….


May’s Dodger Insider Magazine: So Many Pitches

If you’re going to the series against the Giants that starts today — and you should, because the Giants are in first place, and the Dodgers are finally back home after what seemed like a never-ending road trip from beyond — you’ll see the May edition of Dodger Insider magazine available at the park. It…


No Dodger Baseball Today Or Maybe Ever

Not unexpected in the least: Today’s #Dodgers and Twins interleague game has been postponed to Thursday at 6pm as part of a split doubleheader due to inclement weather. — Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) April 29, 2014 I mean, this is what the forecast in Minnesota is: So if anything, good on the Twins for getting…

Reversing the strikeout trend

Statistics Are Stabilizing: Hitter Strikeout Rate

It’s pretty difficult to write the type of posts that I prefer to write this time of year. There’s only so many analysis-heavy posts that one can write while saying “this probably isn’t real because the sample size is too small.” Statistics stabilize (meaning that what we’re seeing is more “true talent” than “random variance”)…