Author Archives: Gary DeRusso

A Calm, Rational Discussion About Aroldis Chapman

The Yankees face a steeper uphill battle in their quest for the American League East crown, as they lost two out of three to their division rival Red Sox at home over the weekend, to fall a whopping 5.5 games back. The rivalry appears to be gaining steam and relevance once again with the emergence […]

Yankees Rightfully Solidify Rotation with Gray, Garcia

The highly anticipated Trade Deadline has officially passed, as several teams with playoff aspirations shored up their few weaknesses, while others stockpiled prospects as they set their sights for the future. All throughout the 2016-17 offseason, the buzzword to describe the Yankees’ upcoming season was a team “in transition”. The squad was expecting to at […]

FunCast, Vol. 2: Electric Boogaloo

Happy Monday, everyone. Some of the FunGraphs crew was together in Brooklyn this past weekend, so we did what any sane group of people would do when visiting: Record a new FunCast! Vol. 2 is jam-packed with up-to-the-minute* analysis of the heated AL East, as well as in-depth discussion of MLB trade/side piece du jour […]

BACKBACKBACK: A Breakdown of Chris Berman’s Favorite Day of the Year

Baseball fans and players will collectively catch their breath in the upcoming days, as the All-Star Break and unofficial halfway point of the baseball season is already upon us. Before the ceremonial, historic, This Time It Doesn’t Matter All-Star Game on Tuesday, eight of the leagues premiere sluggers will face each other in a battle […]

Tempering Expectations with the First Overall Pick

The 2017 MLB First-Year Player (or “Rule 4”) Draft is among us, a time when many young, talented ballplayers will get signed over the next three days. “Many” might even be an understatement: There are up to an astounding 40 (!) rounds, plus compensatory picks, which is mind-boggling, considering that is more than double the number […]

A Breakdown of Volquez’s Dominant, Emotional No-No

What a night in Miami. Last night, Edinson Volquez of the Miami Marlins (yes, he’s on the Marlins, now) no-hit the Diamondbacks, striking out 10, walking two, and needing only 98 pitches, making it what the cool kids call a “Maddux” (a shutout of less than 100 pitches, something Greg Maddux did on the reg.) […]

How Mike Trout Can Still Win the AL MVP

Mike Trout is a baseball god among mere mortals. No matter how one slices it, he has had a historic start to his career, cementing himself as the undisputed best player in baseball essentially since he began playing full time. Since 2012, his first full season in the Majors, he laps the league in fWAR (50.4); […]