Jeff Sullivan follows on the Fangraphs trend, that we are entering an era of "Superteams." He runs the OPS+ and the ERA+ for all four teams left, finding that 34 of 41 current playoff hitters are above average. There is an image in the text of team OPS+ in the Wild Card era - okay, wRC if you want to be technical; the difference isn't much - and it bounces between 105 and 112. This year it's 111, so, not super sure where we were going there, but
More impressive is the collective 76 adjusted ERA, or FIP-. If you get a team with a 111 offense and a 76 pitching, you're looking at a hundred wins or more.
Jeffy also DIVIDES offense by defense to create a trendline that is noticeably up, and that has a very peaky wRC+/ERA- peak to it. This image is at the top of the article.
Here's a brand-spankin' new contract crowdsourcing for this winter's free agent market. At the moment they're asking for input, not giving output. Alonso is on there.
John Clayton sez the Seahawks have 5 position decisions to make for this week's game against the Giants: LG, RB, DE, CB, and TE. Sez the Perfesser:
• Cornerback. This one is fascinating. Shaquill Griffin has been great as an outside corner. Justin Coleman has done well in the slot. DeShawn Shead is coming back from ACL surgery and could an option in a couple of weeks. Jeremy Lane could be available coming off his groin injury. If Shead is available, Carroll would have to decide if he wants to bench Griffin for him or keep Griffin as the starter. Griffin is the present and the future at the position. If Shead is back, it could give the Seahawks the luxury of getting trade value for Lane or just put Lane back ahead of Coleman. Good options.
Griffin was obviously playing well in preseason; does anybody here have the saber numbers? Also, though I'm Richard Sherman's biggest fan, I don't get how his little drama just went away. There has been no temptation to bring back a King Arthur-esque ransom for him, if the defensive backfield is so deep? Anyway, good read from Clayton.
Chris Carson, J.D. McKissic, Frank Clark, Malik McDowell maybe to return, the CB's above, about five interchangeable TE's ... it's just a talent mill out there in Redmond.
Emerald City Swagger takes an info-taining look at the prospect of reeling back in Yo-Yo, er, Lo-Mo. ECS reminds us that Dipoto coughed up LoMo, Brad Miller and an 11K setup man for Nate Karns and two throwins. SSI reminds us that we coughed up Nate Karns for 390 PA's and 2.1 WAR of Jarrod Dyson.
LoMo hit 38 homers and walked 81 times this last year. Considering Justin Smoak, Carlos Guillen and the like, the M's may wish to lobby for English Premier-style "loaning" of young players to learn their chops in other organizations. Also Morrison is known as a platoon-split guy.
Has Morrison turned a corner? No idea. But here's an April interview that, as usual, makes it all look pre-planned.