Ben’s back from vacation, and he and Larry go right back at it with their beloved teams battling the NL West on the left coast.
Random thoughts on Mark Prior, Mike Mussina, Ken Harvey, Scott Williamson, Derek Jeter, and the race for the major awards.
Aaron crunches the numbers from this week’s draft and finds some things that might surprise you.
Boston and New York have two of the best records in all of baseball, but both have problems galore. And the world’s smallest violin plays on…
Dave looks at this year’s managers, and how often they use their favorite strategies.
Ben and Larry discuss the seesawing nature of this season’s race between the Red Sox and Yankees, and why it’s probably not a good idea for fans of either team to get too high or too low just yet.
We’re almost a third of the way through the season and the Red Sox, as expected, are having a fine year. In fact, there are so many players contributing to the team’s success, it’s hard to pick a team MVP. Dave looks to Win Shares for help.
JC examines the relationship between the size of a team’s market and its ability to win games.
Matthew combed the minor leagues and found five diamonds in the rough.
Studes looks at the unbalanced schedules of each team, and how they might affect the pennant races.
Ben and Larry discuss Derek Jeter, Boston’s hurting stars, and exactly why the back-and-forth atop the division doesn’t mean much in May.
With the Red Sox and Yankees occupying the top two spots in the American League East, like usual, Ben and Larry are both happy with where their teams are through about 20% of the season.
A week after “The Sweep”, Ben and Larry check in with the Red Sox and Yankees.
Larry says Yankees fans should get angry, but shouldn’t panic, while Ben just revels in the glory of a Red Sox sweep in the Bronx.
After tweaking an old Bill James study, Bryan unearths some interesting facts about the Opening Day rosters this season.
Hmmm… what ever could Ben and Larry have talked about this weekend?
Despite the fact that the Red Sox and Yankees are a combined 8-7, Ben Jacobs and Alex Belth (who fills in for Larry Mahnken one more time) are not really worried about their favorite clubs.
Aaron talks Pedro, Josh, Johan and Baseball Tonight.
The Red Sox were unable to complete their trade for Alex Rodriguez, but they did improve the starting rotation, sign a top-notch closer and keep a great offense largely intact. Will that be enough to break the six-year cycle of the AL East and finally get past the New York Yankees?
Ben talks to Alex Beth, who is filling in for Larry, about whether or not there’s any reason to be concerned about either the Yankees or the Red Sox this early in the season.