This entry is about the value of sidearm pitchers. I go in depth on why the most common arguments against sidearm pitchers are invalid. One common argument against them is that they are saved only for righties (if they are right-handed, or lefties if they are lefties), and this means that if they were pitched against everyone their numbers would be worse, and so because of this we shouldn't believe there numbers. I discuss why that point and a couple others are unimportant, and so we really should value sidearm pitchers more than we do.
I began writing this entry simply as a comparison between this pair and other great 1-2 pitching pairs, but as I wrote I realized that all the stats I found pointed to the possibility I had hardly considered which was that they actually could be the best pair ever. Perhaps the most stunning fact is that in 185 starts in the time that they spent as teammates the two allowed 1 or 0 runs in 105 of them (57%), and combined only allowed more than 5 once (that's 99.5% < 5 runs).
This was written on my first day as a blog, so it has a few formatting issues with the mobile version (there are long spaces) however it is still fully readable, and the content is great. I basically summarized the biggest moves of the offseason at that point by the teams that had done the most (by this point last year there was more than enough o write about in terms of hot stove moves, who knows why there isn't now).
4. Jose Altuve is Overrated
The first line in this entry is "I probably made a lot of enemies just in the title", and I may have made a few more by picking this as my fourth best blog entry. I totally get it, who wouldn't love a 5'6" 165 lb second baseman who can get 200+ hits per season. Jose Altuve is small enough that the power in all of Dallas Kuechel pitches last year harnessed together could send him flying over 160 MPH, but lovability doesn't make him great and if you give this entry a chance, and read it you'll understand that his 3 all-star games and two silver sluggers are sadly undeserved.
This is one of my more recent entries. I wrote about what the giants will need to do to be postseason or even world series ready for 2016 (another even year) and although I am not rooting for another Giants world series victory I enjoyed writing about what it might take to create one.
In this entry I got into the physics of Giancarlo Stanton's swing, and what allows him to hit the ball so much harder than every other player in baseball.
After three no-hitters this year I decided to write an entry about the probability of a no-hitter. I answer the probability of a no-hitter in any given game, as well as the highest probability at any game. After I wrote this entry four more no-hitters occurred, making a total of seven in one season. The odds of having seven or more no-hitters in one year is 0.24% or 1/415.
This entry was about all the possible outfield trades in the middle of last offseason. including speculations on the trades of Matt Kemp, Yoenis Cespedes, and The Uptons. I was pretty impressed on how close I was to the actual results in this entry.
This entry has one of the most impressive facts I've written which is that if every player saved as many runs with defense as Kevin Kiermaier did the typical ERA would be 1.36.
This entry summarized the suitors for Jon Lester, and where I thought he'd end up last offseason.