The Rain Delay

Hard-Hitting Baseball Analysis

Category: American League

Corey Kluber’s two-seam fastball and cutter combination provides a blueprint for Trevor Bauer tonight in Game 2

trevor bauer two seam fastball

Last night, the Cleveland Indians rode the steady vessel of Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen to victory in Game 1 of the World Series, shutting out a potent Chicago Cubs lineup. While Miller and Allen unleashed their typical electric fastball-breaking ball combination to stifle Chicago, Kluber was able to dominate without a great […]

2016 MLB Team Preview: Oakland Athletics

oakland athletics shortstop marcus semien

This is part of my 2016 MLB team preview series. I will preview each team before Opening Day, unveiling teams in reverse order according to my power rankings. Previous: 30) Braves 29) Phillies 28) Brewers 27) Reds 26) Rockies 25) Padres 24. Oakland Athletics 2015 Record: 68-94, 5th in AL West Key Additions: LF Khris Davis, SP Rich Hill, IF Jed Lowrie, […]

Analyzing the New York Yankees’ Bullpen Trio

New York Yankees' Bullpen Trio

The strength of the 2015 New York Yankees was undoubtedly the back end of their bullpen. By any statistical or qualitative measure, Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances were among the best five relievers in baseball last season. Having both on the same team was downright unfair, like having two queens on a chess board. Apparently not satisfied […]

Jered Weaver’s Disappearing Fastball

Jered Weaver Angels

Spring Training is rife with outliers and has very little predictive value for the most part. In 2015, for instance, Mariners catcher Mike Zunino ripped through the Cactus League, slashing his way to a Bondsian .352/.453/.852 line. In the regular season, Zunino was arguably the worst hitter in baseball, striking out with regularity and hitting a feeble .174/.230/.300. I […]

Reaction: Ian Desmond Signs Puzzling Deal with Rangers to Play Left Field

Ian Desmond

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. It was posted March 1, 2016. Last week, I speculated where former Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond would land. I put time into evaluating each team’s prospects at shortstop and narrowed down the potential suitors to the following: the Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox, and […]

Dexter Fowler Spurns Orioles at the Altar, Returns to Chicago

Oriole Bird Crying Jordan Meme

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. It was posted February 25, 2016. After the Orioles culminated a wildly successful offseason by landing certified innings-eater Yovani Gallardo, I was ready to praise GM Dan Duquette.  The research was finished, as was my first paragraph.  But then, I got this text from my […]

Orioles, Dexter Fowler Agree to Three-Year Deal

Dexter Fowler Chicago Cubs

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. It was posted February 24, 2016. Dexter Fowler has landed in Birdland, agreeing to terms on a 3-year, $33 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles.  Fowler fills two conspicuous voids for the Orioles: a proficient leadoff hitter and a capable right fielder.  Fowler’s […]

Finding a Home for Ian Desmond

Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. This post is from February 23, 2016. It’s been a long, lonely winter for Ian Desmond.  Burdened by a subpar 2015 season and the draft pick compensation attached to him, the former Nationals shortstop is without a home at the dawn of Spring […]

Pablo Sandoval’s Weight and Defiance are Big Causes for Concern

Pablo Sandoval

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. It was posted February 21, 2016. Every year, Spring Training brings forth a cascade of optimism and represents a rebirth of the things baseball fans love the most.  The interminable days of cold, dreary weather are replaced by the balmy and inviting Florida sun.  The howling winter winds […]

The Rain Delay © 2016 Frontier Theme
RSS
Follow by Email
Facebook
Google+
http://theraindelay.com/category/american-league/
Twitter