This approach to measuring offseason prowess serves to validate the Orioles' approach to the big picture. On one hand, they would have been better situated for the coming season if they had brought back Alex Cobb, Hanser Alberto, Renato Nunez and the gang. On the other hand: That would have gotten them from only about 62 to 67 wins, by these forecasts. You hate to be redundant, but the fact remains: Forget the wins for the 2021 Orioles. This season is all about the ascension of Adley Rutschman and the process of finding players to put next to him in Baltimore's future core.
May’s pitch usage, as documented by brooksbaseball.net, illustrates Verducci’s analysis. As recently as 2018 May’s 78 mph curve ball accounted for 19 percent of his pitches -- second in usage only to his fastball -- while he threw his flatter slider only 10.7 percent of the time.Pittsburgh Pirates face coverings
Looks like we're still in the matrix of Bradley's free agency. According to ex-teammate J.D. Martinez, however, the eight-year veteran is confident he'll land a deal soon.New York Yankees face coverings
Based on the win-total projections of Baseball Prospectus' PECOTA system, FanGraphs, the sabermetrician Clay Davenport and Wynn BET, there are clear tiers this season.
Andy Behrens: Look, I'd love to make a case for someone who isn't Gerrit Cole, the Cy Young favorite in the AL — and maybe we could make a case that Lucas Giolito can find another level at age 26. But Cole is the No. 1 pitcher on my board, he's finished top-5 in Cy voting in each of the past three seasons, and he's clearly the strongest candidate to reach 300 Ks. It helps his cause that MLB won't play another imbalanced regional schedule this year.