On this episode I was joined by Anthony Castrovince of MLB Network to talk about the start of the 2021 MLB Season.
– Based on the general consensus prognostications you saw entering ’21; what team did you find yourself either higher on, or question more than most?
– The Yankees are favored by most in the AL East. Within the division, who do you see as their primary challenger – Toronto, or Tampa Bay?
– With the White Sox losing Eloy Jiminez, do they have enough to overtake the Twins in the Central?
– The Astros lineup remains the class of the AL West, but it’s an underwhelming rotation – especially with Verlander expected to be out all year. What’s your take on Houston?
– Philadelphia has jumped out to a Week 1 lead in the NL East, but the anticipation is the race there will ultimately be between Atlanta and the Mets… with the Marlins (who reached the post-season last year) also lurking.Do you see the NL East as the strongest division top to bottom?
- The NL Central isn’t overly strong, but it’s interesting with everyone outside of Pittsburgh having a plausible argument. Who do you like best there?
– The Padres are absolutely loaded, but potentially there is still some distance between them and LA. What’s your primary question with San Diego?
– Going back to 1990, where does this Dodger team rate for you? You’ve got the ’90 A’s at the end of their run, the ’92-’93 Jays, the ’90s Braves, the late ’90’s early 2000 Yankees, San Francisco’s 3 titles in 5 years from ’10-’14. The Yankees won 114 games in ’98. The Mariners had 116 wins in 2001. Can LA challenge those totals?
– In 2014 there was 4,186 total homers. In ’19, there was 6,776. Does launch angle and approach solely account for that jump?
– Orioles Asst. GM Sig Mejdal has spoken about how the publicly available defensive metrics such as DRS or UZR are not particularly useful given the shifting in the game. As the Author of A Fans Guide To Baseball Analytics.. give some thoughts on Statcast, and what defensive metrics you currently value.
– There was a recent article at The Ringer – Ben Lindbergh – which suggested the mount is too close. The primary argument was by moving back, hitters will have more time to react, and thus more balls will be put in play.. helping to address this current 3 True Outcome era, which is not particularly aesthetically pleasing.
– What are you currently hearing in-terms of MLB’s desire for expansion, and potentially radical realignment?
– The Minor League talent is increasing. The Orioles are involved Internationally for basically the first time ever. There has been internal investment in Analytics. The Major League roster has limited payroll obligations going forward. What are your general thoughts on what is being built?
– Carlos Correa, Javier Baez, Corey Seager, Trevor Story… who reaches Free Agency?
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