FanGraphs: Indians have 2nd-best catchers, 17th-best first baseman. If you are into baseball stats, you should not only be perusing all of the tools on FanGraphs, but you also should keep an eye on their content. During the 2013 season, their writers had major crushes on both Corey Kluber and Danny Salazar. Now? It appears they’re pretty high on Yan Gomes.
Based on expected team WAR per position, Jeff Sullivan ranked catchers and Eno Sarris ranked first baseman yesterday. At catcher, Gomes’ defensive value obviously adds to the equation. If he can continue even just average offensive production, plus Carlos Santana’s occasional presence, the Indians are pretty loaded here. Nick Swisher isn’t bad, technically, first base is just a very power-heavy position.
Oh and speaking of Salazar, this tweet will help to get you pumped up.
— Neal Kendrick (@neal_kendrick) March 18, 2014
NBA articles you should read. I try to read a lot. It’s how I try to improve my writing. It’s how I keep up to date on what’s happening in the world, especially in sports. Often times, unfortunately, I also can’t get to everything. So, without any further introductions, here are four links that you also should save for your read it later list. This is based only on feedback I’ve heard thus far and the great reputations of the people involved.
“Q&A: Goran Dragic on Being Fearless, Playing His Game, and ‘Words With Friends’” — Grantland’s Zach Lowe
“Boogie Week” — Hickory-High.com (yes, a full week of DeMarcus Cousins coverage)
“Why Terrence Ross is One of My Favorite NBA Players” — The Diss’ Kevin Draper
“Chasing Cinderella 2014: Manhattan College basketball” — SB Nation’s Dan Rubenstein
Nate Silver’s grand experiment. You’ve likely heard by now about Monday’s launch of FiveThirtyEight dot com. You probably have opinions about it too. Obviously, with Silver’s site being so overhyped for months and months, with no teaser content at all, expectations were too insanely high. But I think Awful Announcing’s Joe Lucia did a fair job in looking at what FiveThirtyEight is doing right and its contribution to journalism.
Quickly, there obviously were tons of articles about the articles on the “data-driven” site. Marginal Revolution’s Tyler Cowen got it all started with his economic perspective. The New York Times’ Paul Krugman wrote about it … twice. New York Magazine’s Ben Wallace-Wells also had a post.
It’s early. There’s no doubt about that. Any site, from WaitingForNextYear to Grantland, improves over time. FiveThirtyEight will find their rhythm and they will find ways to succeed within the ESPN’ profit-crazy umbrella. No, Nate Silver’s reinvention probably won’t change journalism single-handedly (it’s already changing anyway, y’all), but it should be fun and unique. Isn’t that just all what we want from our reading material?
The high-ceiling QB. By now, we know quite a bit about Teddy Bridgewater and Johnny Manziel. They are both practically household names. But Blake Bortles? Not so much. So let’s see what Sports Illustrated’s Greg Bedard has to say:
If you could take the best quarterback in the 2015 draft this May, knowing that you probably wouldn’t get much from him in ’14—and even then he’s still not a sure thing—where would you draft him?
Would you still take him first overall in this talent-laden draft? How about the middle of the first round? Or would you not consider him until the second round?
That, essentially, is the conundrum with Central Florida quarterback Blake Bortles.
Go read the whole post, obviously. I’ll share my preference: Just drafting a young quarterback to rally around. I don’t really care. I think it probably should be at No. 4 and one of the big three quarterbacks. I’m admittedly not that knowledgeable about their strengths and weaknesses. But as a casual fan, I’m insanely jealous of even the quarterback situation in an organization like Miami. They at least have a young guy to rally around and hope will improve.
The Browns currently only have Brian Hoyer. I love Hoyer. I really do. I wrote about him as my nomination for WFNY Sportsman of the Year. And sure, with 28-year-old Hoyer and 32-year-old Matt Schaub, you can get by in 2014, hope to improve to 7-9 maybe still, and perhaps set the stage for a quarterback drafted this year. Both those veterans might be as good as they’ll ever be again next season. Just saying it’s possible to get by that way.