Baseball Prospectus uses its PECOTA projection system to predict the NL West. The Giants are favored, but their rivals from Los Angeles won't be far behind.
Not all valuable free agents will be signed for top dollar. Baseball Prospectus takes a look at seven players who have plenty of production left in them and, more importantly, won't break the bank.
After a close analysis of all of MLB's playoff-bound pens, Baseball Prospectus finds that the St. Louis Cardinals stand above all others.
Baseball Prospectus analyzes the starting rotations for the eight teams expected to participate in postseason 2009 -- and the Minnesota Twins. The numbers say it might be the National League's year.
As the postseason approaches, there is concern (as always) about limiting young pitchers' workloads because of previous flameouts. Baseball Prospectus finds teams are already heeding the call.
As teams hit the midpoint of their schedules, Baseball Prospectus pauses to examine which teams are performing above or below preseason projections, plus which teams have just been unlucky.
As the trade winds begin to blow stronger, Baseball Prospectus examines MLB's most untradeable players. The likes of Todd Helton and Barry Zito combine huge contracts with sagging performance.
Leadoff strategies may vary, but BP metrics show that their impact is significant.
It's time to take stock of those players in the 2009 season who are giving their teams full bang for their buck and then some, as opposed to those players who are delivering a lot less than you expect for what it took to bring them in.
If the Giants hope to contend, some other starters will have to step up.