Making Daniel Murphy the 2016 MVP

Was Daniel Murphy, who played a bad defensive second base all year and finished 2nd in MVP voting, robbed? Not by the voters, who got it right, but by his team, who played him at a position that he c...

Max Scherzer and Net Present Value

A quick note on what Scherzer‘s deferral really means. I already did a longer analysis of the move and what it means for the team. But here I just want to talk contract terms. His total contrac...

Do LOBs Mean Anything?

Watching your team leave¬†runners on base is insanely frustrating. After Thursday night’s loss, where the Nats only managed to score 3 runs while leaving 14 men on base, it’s easy to point...

Getting James Loney, In ScatterPlot

Yesterday I went over a cast of LH first basemen, in order to discover and report who might be available through free agency or trade. One of the things that surprised me while doing this was that Ja...

A Primer on What’s Important

Perhaps the greatest post I’ve ever seen on the specifics of what is important and what isn’t in the mind of modern baseball has been reposted in the Pinstriped Bible this week. Check it ...

Guzman vs. Kennedy

Middle infield rumors have been flying around since way back in September and October. First Ian Desmond was going to take over at shortstop and Cristian Guzman was gonna move to second base. Then th...

Runs Created in the Middle

The Nats lineup is looking pretty potent these days, just like it did at the beginning of the season. Back then, Guzman was hitting like a champ, and the Johnson-Zimmerman–Dunn combo was unstop...

Nats Heating Up, Trades Aren’t

The Nats have now won four games in a row, which on the season is… their longest win streak. Yikes. So, the losing streaks haven’t exactly been balanced out. They’d need to win abou...

WARP Speed

I was out of the country last week, which is why there was no post, and now it’s the All Star break. Rather than discussing the Nats, which could be very depressing, I’m going to go for a...