Here at Retro Trade Analysis, we look at trades of the past and evaluate their value today. The trade analyzed today is the trade that sent Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins to the New York Mets. Continue reading
This is one of the best times of year for baseball fans – the beginning of camp. You get the positions battles, the look at prospects, the feel of the season. The down side is the injuries you see; Chris Carpenter is one of the latest examples.
It’s been a week since St. Louis (and the Baseball World) lost Stan “the Man” Musial. I told Russ when I found out that I wasn’t surprised (his health had been going south for a while) but I was in shock. A week later, and it’s still a little surreal.
Russ did a good job already looking at what Stan meant to baseball. I’m going to tell everyone what he meant to St. Louis.
This time, Russ, George and I discuss the future (and past) of Alex Rodriguez. Will he be a Yankee next season? Who would take a chance on him? Is he still a first ballot Hall of Famer?
Eugene: Flat out – what are the chances A-Rod is in a Yankees uniform next year?
What a night for baseball. C.C. Sabathia single handedly shut down the Orioles, then the most thrilling game of the young post-season. Let’s quickly recap…
In the final rankings of the year, the Nationals jump back up to the top as the Rangers somewhat collapse down the stretch. The Rangers will be a wild card team after ranking first in 17 of the 22 weeks; this week they are the lowest of the year.
And the Indians finish at the bottom, which they’ve owned for the third week in a row. While the Astros have the worst record and run differential, they have hope in a solid farm system.
As like the rest of the season, these Power Rankings are composed of record, run differential, and farm system; record carries the most weight and farm system the least.
Oakland’s struggles last week droped them to #4, with the Rangers maintaining their stranglehold on the #1 spot. They held the top position in 17 of the 21 power rankings this season.
On the flip side, the Indians continue their nose dive to finish the season. After starting the season at #10, they have gradually dropped to the bottom.
Like previous weeks, these power rankings are composed of the teams record, run differential, and farm system; the scores are weighed, with record the most weight and farm system the least.
Russ and I discuss the addition of the second wild card to the pennant race and the impacts it’s having this year.
Things looked bright for the Pirates a month ago. They were in the pennant race, they had 2 of the top 15 prospects in baseball, and it looked like they would have their first winning season in 20 years. Then they received a reminder of last year.
The team dropped to 4-14 in the month of September. They’ve fallen to 5.5 games behind the Cardinals for the final Wild Card spot. John McDonald’s last win came August 28th, and has been demoted to the bullpen. Wandy Rodriguez has 4 wins since he joined the team (and one was in relief).
A day late, but not a dollar short. The Rangers retain the top spot, while we do have a new #2 team. The best record in baseball (and run differential) drops to #3. At the bottom, the Astros move out of the cellar.
Like each week, the rankings are a weighed score from record, run differential, and farm system; record is worth the most and farm system the least. All records and stats are as of games on 09/17.