I’ve gotten tired of having to explain some things every year. I’m finally writing it down and putting it in one place. Wins Above Replacement is a tool that was developed for baseball– but is now being used in every sport. Its goal is to do two things: Continue reading “Wins Above Replacement”
Let’s cut to the chase: The 2017 Indians will not follow in the footsteps of the 2015 Cavs.
Don’t panic. At least not yet. What I mean is that “The Indians will not (a) return to the Finals and (b) take their revenge on the team that beat them the previous season.” Continue reading “Scouting the 2017 Indians: Overview”
OK, since I’ve got a lot of stuff I’ve been holding onto, let me try to do this with less detail than my usual suffocating level:
1. In terms of on-field performance, hiring Gregg Williams is a smart move that will immeasurably help the Browns. Williams is a good coordinator– not a great one (I’ll get into why at the end)– who would improve almost any defense. In 18 years, he’s had: Continue reading “Scouting Gregg Williams”
No additions, but two subtractions– each worthy of a couple of sentences.
1. Washington Signs Terrelle Pryor. It’s a one-year deal for up to $8 million. If Pryor has another good year, he can hit the market and make a lot of money. If he turns out to be a flash in the pan, it’ll cost him a lot of money.
The story I linked to has what I think is the proper take: “Receivers take less than they anticipated.” It is, I’m pretty sure, the result of teams beginning to move towards analytics. Continue reading “Free Agency Recap (Day 2)”
Since I’m already sitting on way too much material, let me walk through the Browns’ free agency.
1. The best signing is RG Kevin Zeitler. He missed only eight games in five years for the Bengals and played at close to a Pro Bowl level.
The Browns gave him a ridiculous contract (5 years, $60 million; he’s the highest-paid player at his position in the NFL). But when you’re the NFL’s worst franchise, you can’t offer free agents a chance to win a title, play for a great coach or in a top media market. Money is all you have. Continue reading “Free Agency Recap”
OK, here’s something completely off the beaten track, done purely for a friend. Continue reading “Flashback (Part 1): Jim Bibby v Gabe Paul”
The arbitrator’s ruling blew a hole in the Indians’ plans for 1978. They had gone 71-90 in 1977 (one of their better years) and the 1977 staff had been the strength of the team.
Partly that meant the Indians had finished ninth in runs scored (4.19 runs a game) but only seventh in ERA (4.10). But largely it meant that the staff had some structure– honest-to-god players they thought they could rely on. Continue reading “Flashback Part 2): The Wrecking of the 1978 Indians”