Texas Rangers 2017 season preview

        With a record of 95-67, the Texas Rangers finished first in the AL West, 9 games ahead of the second place Seattle Mariners. They also made the playoffs. But in the ALDS, the Rangers were eliminated by the Toronto Blue Jays in 3 games. At the trade deadline, they acquired star catcher Jonathan LucroyContinue reading “Texas Rangers 2017 season preview”

Tampa Bay Rays 2017 season preview

       With a record of 68-94, the Tampa Bay Rays finished last in the AL East, 25 GB of the first place Boston Red Sox. They were the only team in the division that weren\’t in the playoff hunt. To fix that, GM Erik Neander needed to either start the big rebuild, or trade for stars in the offseason. Let\’s see what NeanderContinue reading “Tampa Bay Rays 2017 season preview”

St. Louis Cardinals 2017 season preview

      With a record of 86-76, the St. Louis Cardinals finished 2nd in the NL Central, 17.5 GB of the first place Chicago Cubs. They also saw the Cubs win the World Series. They suffered a big drop-off in 2016. They were expecting a huge season out of prospect Alex Reyes, but Tommy John surgeryContinue reading “St. Louis Cardinals 2017 season preview”

My interview with Isles Calvin de Haan

    Of the many new advanced metrics in the NHL (or any hockey league), shot blocking is a very important one. Defensive skaters like to block opponents\’ shots, so their goaltender doesn\’t have to. Each NHL team wants to block shots. On the New York Islanders, no one wants to block shots more than defensemanContinue reading “My interview with Isles Calvin de Haan”