June 26, 2016
Teams with deep bullpens like the Royals, Yankees, and Orioles can stretch their success even further by using their resources in the most optimal manner. By correlating game context and reliever ability, they can conserve inning counts for each reliever and prevent fatigue and meaningless usage. The metric presented here attempts to quantify this usage, with the caveats of small sample sizes and the lack of quality interpretation.
May 28, 2016
Blake Snell may be the solution to the Rays starting pitching woes. In a tryout spot-start on April 23 he impressed in 5 IP, allowing only 2 hits and 1 run while striking out 6 batters. His minor league pedigree and top prospect status are based on his deceptive fastball and above-average four pitch arsenal. At this point the only things holding Snell back are the Super Two deadline and a walk rate that he will continue to work on. The Rays were able to get away with a 4 man rotation for the first quarter of the season, but as June nears they will require reinforcements if they hope to compete into the fall. Once Blake Snell is promoted, he can help them compete by fortifying the rotation with his high strikeout rate thanks to his late moving fastball. In a year where the Yankees and the Blue Jays have underperformed, look for the Rays to close the gap between them and the Red Sox as their starting pitching positively regresses to their true talent levels, joined by the super prospect Snell.