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  1. Jason Heyward, Baseball Enigma

    Michael Baumann

    There was a moment after the 2010 MLB draft when four NL East teams suddenly had a young right fielder who was either in the majors or on the way there, and who was expected to one day challenge for MVP awards. Division partisans were suppos...

    Blog | September 16, 2014
  2. MLB September Math: When Small Numbers Become Big, and Fan Optimi...

    Michael Baumann

    The Miami Marlins are only 4.5 games back of the National League's second wild-card spot. That's incredible - 4.5 games is nothing. It's slightly more than a good weekend. It's a hiccup, and they have 18 games in which t...

    Blog | September 11, 2014
  3. The Lonesome, Crowded NL East

    Michael Baumann

    You could make the argument that none of Major League Baseball's six divisions is turning out the way we expected it to, and as long as it's taking the Dodgers and Cardinals to get on their horses, and as shocking as the Tigers&am...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  4. The Island of Dr. McDowell

    Michael Baumann

    This spring, many prognosticators were scared off the Atlanta Braves following a rash of pitching injuries that knocked the team from its perch as NL East co-favorite or primary challenger. The thinking went something like this: Losing starters Kris...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  5. Andrelton Simmons, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Resisting the Temptati...

    Michael Baumann

    We're going to learn a lot about defense in the next five years, as Major League Baseball releases PITCHf/x-type data for fielders and batted balls, and the people capable of doing big data-crunchy stuff start to figure out what t...

    Blog | April 17, 2014
  6. Atlanta Braves Shortstop Andrelton Simmons Will Challenge Your Me...

    Michael Baumann

    The reason we use statistics, whether in sports or in medicine or in demography, is because they help us to see the whole picture. If I tried to judge, say, the defensive abilities of major league shortstops by using my eyes alone, I'd have a rough g...

    Blog | September 13, 2013
  7. Adam Rosales Volleyball and the Battle for the American League We...

    Michael Baumann

    Going into any season, fans hope for two things: (1) that their chosen team wins a lot, and (2) failing that, as many close pennant races as possible. (Thanks a lot, Atlanta Braves.) It's still way too far out to say for sure that the American League...

    Blog | August 13, 2013
  8. Get Lucky and Dont Screw Up: The Secret to the Atlanta Braves S...

    Michael Baumann

    The Atlanta Braves are suddenly on an 11-game win streak, 13.5 games up on their nearest division rival. How in the world did that happen? In a way, the 2013 Braves are an extension of their 15-year run of National League dominance, an achiev...

    Blog | August 06, 2013
  9. Mark Teixeiras Trade Deadline Butterfly Effect

    Michael Baumann

    For those of you who weren't already aware, Mark Teixeira was traded twice a few years back, and as it turns out, those trades completely upset the course of baseball events, on a scale that alternate-history novels are written. It's not an exaggerat...

    Blog | July 30, 2013
  10. Is It OK to Blame Fredi Gonzalez for Eric OFlaherty's and Jonny ...

    Michael Baumann

    There's an understanding among baseball fans who can read and do math that relief pitchers are pretty much interchangeable. Certainly not all relievers — some are consistently good, like Mariano Rivera, while others are consistently awful, like...

    Blog | May 20, 2013