Daily Archives: March 14, 2017
Welllllllll folks. All things eventually come to an end. I am not going to end the podcast. But the daily aspect of it might be no longer feasible.
The most important days of the podcast are the ones in the off season, where I can help fill a void.But after 4 1/2 years, doing 365 a year might no longer be possible.
I won’t be going anywhere… just might be reducing the workload to once or twice a week… you know… like a normal podcaster.
But man, this has been one of the most fun things I have ever done in my life.
Gaining respect for Ripken in this episode of The Sully Baseball Daily Podcast.
The Yankees sure are stocked with contenders for mythical “Best-Ever” status. You know the usual suspects: Ruth, Gehrig, Mantle, etc. – but they’re basically flush everywhere. In fact, if one were to compose the “All-Time Yankees Lineup,” it might be competitive with a composite “All-Time Major League Lineup” made up of players from every other franchise.
So, just for fun: The NY Yankees vs the rest of the Universe for “all-time” bragging rights. The rules: 1) To be considered for the Yankees lineup, a player must have spent the bulk of his career with the team, or barring that, have his career most closely associated with the team (the team logo on his HOF plaque might be instructive in this regard); 2) There will be no double-dipping: Since Ruth mans right field for the Yankees, he can’t be drafted by the Universe. READ MORE ON PLATE COVERAGE.COM
Dansby Swanson made his way to the Major Leagues last season and was the leading name for farm system loaded with overall talent. Atlanta fans have a reason to be excited about the future with the likes of Ozzie Albies, Ronald Acuna, Max Fried, and Sean Newcomb all offering potential that may change the outlook of the franchise for years to come. The system is loaded with high upside younger prospects such as Derian Cruz and Christian Pache and developing assets that could have major league impact such as Lucas Sims, Austin Riley, Patrick Weigel, and Luis Gohara. Then there are the prospects with massive upsides with known weaknesses such as Travis Demeritte, Kolby Allard, Joey Wentz and Touki Toussaint. Through and through this is likely the deepest farm in baseball and has the upside to contend with the best.
What’s the key to an MLB team beating out their competition en route to securing a division title? There are a lot of variables that go into a potential postseason run, but it’s almost always centered around pitching — both effectiveness and relative health.
Something that gets overlooked from last year was the incredible continuity the Chicago Cubs and Toronto Blue Jays had in their respective starting rotations — they were both top five in fWAR thanks to finishing first and second in total innings pitched. They accomplished that because each squad boasted five hurlers with at least 29 starts.
Virtually no teams can depend on that kind of consistency throughout the regular season.
Every division race has questions about pitching, but it seems like the American League West is just oozing with uncertainty in each of the team’s starting rotations — whether they’re a contender or not.