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  1. The 30: Lucky or Good?

    Jonah Keri

    Two weeks ago, I wrote about using run differential as a tool for predicting a team's success. Today, let's advance to Sabermetrics 201 for a lesson on "cluster luck." Joe Peta, a former Wall Street trader, presented cluster luc...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  2. Jonah Keri Podcast: With Special Guests Alex Anthopoulos and Gran...

    Jonah Keri

    The Jonah Keri Podcast is back! Throughout the season, we'll have fun/smart guests on to talk baseball and occasionally quote random Simpsons lines or tout hole-in-the-wall diners in Topeka and Esterhazy. In our 2014 season premiere, Keri start...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  3. The 30: Trouble’s Brewing

    Jonah Keri

    If you were hoping for increased clarity on baseball's pecking order two weeks into the season ...; keep hoping. Injuries continue to plague some of the best players on the best teams; several clubs that looked like playoff locks have stumb...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  4. Driven by Youth, Pittsburgh Aims to Best the Regression Beast

    Jonah Keri

    With one out in the top of the 10th inning of Monday's season opener, the Pittsburgh Pirates found themselves knotted in a scoreless tie with the Cubs. Chicago speedster Emilio Bonifacio took an aggressive lead, and Pittsburgh righ...

    Blog | April 02, 2014
  5. 2014 MLB Season Predictions

    Jonah Keri

    We've witnessed baseball in Australia and baseball in San Diego. We've previewed all six divisions and counted down the days until the season's arrival. Now that Opening Day is finally here, it's time for my annual season predicti...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  6. 2014 NL West Preview

    Jonah Keri

    Grantland's 2014 MLB division preview series concludes with the NL West, where the Dodgers look to settle unfinished business, the Giants relish the arrival of an even-numbered year, the Diamondbacks try to weather losing their ace, the Padres h...

    Blog | March 28, 2014
  7. The Kings of the Call-up

    Jonah Keri

    It took longer than it should have. The Red Sox screwed around for too long with the likes of meme generator Brock Holt and Brandon Snyder. Sure, there were reasons. They didn't want to rush their top prospect. They wanted to ensure he could play his...

    Blog | August 21, 2013
  8. Second-Tier Stars Fueling Dodgers' Success

    Jonah Keri

    Thirty-seven and eight. That was the Dodgers' record over the 45 games leading into Monday night's game against the Mets. The last time any team fared better during a 45-game stretch was the 1951 Giants, who staged one of the greatest comebacks in ba...

    Blog | August 13, 2013
  9. It's Time for Some NL Midseason Awards

    Jonah Keri

    On Tuesday we handed out the American League midseason awards. Time for a look at the NL. MVP: Buster Posey You can name any one of seven or eight candidates and have a great argument, but Posey gets the slightest of nods. For starters, no Nati...

    Blog | July 17, 2013
  10. Jonah Keri ranks the MLB teams

    Jonah Keri

    With the world champions possibly joining the seller's market this month, Tim Lincecum's first no-hitter could be his swan song.

    Story | Conversation | July 15, 2013
  11. Trade Deadline Preview: NL West Edition

    Jonah Keri

    It wasn't supposed to be this way. After yet another spending spree that included a $147 million splurge on Zack Greinke, the Dodgers were expected to be leading contenders for the NL West crown. Their chief competition figured to be the Giants, f...

    Blog | June 26, 2013
  12. Meet MLB's All-Bargain Team

    Jonah Keri

    Most of the big-ticket free agents reeled in last winter have been, at least so far, colossal busts. The Dodgers' $147 million has bought them five starts' worth of Zack Greinke. The Angels' $125 million investment has yielded a .222/.283/.399 line f...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  13. What's Wrong With Tim Lincecum?

    Jonah Keri

    It's April 12, so you know what that means: Time to freak out over the demise of Tim Lincecum! It was a year ago to the day that I filed a dispatch from Coors Field on Lincecum's terrible outing against the Rockies. Lincecum got shelled for six ru...

    Blog | April 12, 2013
  14. Roster Doctor: The Unpredictability of Closers, NL Edition

    Jonah Keri

    Last year, Jason Motte was one of the best and most reliable closers in the game, racking up 42 saves, nearly 11 strikeouts per nine innings, and a 2.75 ERA. He signed a two-year, $12 million contract in January, and was widely expected to have anoth...

    Blog | April 11, 2013
  15. Jonah Keri on the NL West

    Jonah Keri

    It's time to break down each division on the eve of Opening Day, starting with the home of the defending champs.

    Story | Conversation | March 22, 2013
  16. The 2013 Giants Look a Lot Like the 2012 Giants

    Jonah Keri

    The San Francisco Giants are bringing back the same starting lineup that won them last year's World Series. The starting rotation is exactly the same. Of the 25 players projected to make the team's Opening Day roster this year, 22 were also Giants la...

    Blog | March 14, 2013