Home Field: The First Inning Advantage
Ben Clemens at Fangraphs looks at just how home field advantage seems to actually impact the game.
Often, the names on this list are underperformers that should usually be avoided. Sometimes though, a good value can be found in a player who is a solid player, but is being cut loose by a frugal franchise looking to avoid arbitration raises. With all the trades made at the deadline this season, the Diamondbacks have only one candidate on this list, Junior Guerra.
The San Diego Padres found themselves in a complicated situation when they learned that Mike Clevinger was going to require Tommy John surgery. The Friars elected to buy out his two remaining arbitration years, forfeiting the first season to entirely, hoping to get value out of the second season once he recovers.
Theo Epstein is taking a sabbatical in 2021. He has also indicated that he intends to return to the game of baseball for a third chapter. After breaking the curses in Boston and Chicago, what could possibly be left for Epstein to accomplish? One path that might be particularly inviting would be to join an expansion ownership group, molding a franchise from the ground up.
Best 2021 Award Candidate for Each Team
With the current roster, the writers unsurprisingly chose Zac Gallen as a candidate for the NL Cy Young Award. Having finished ninth in this season’s voting, it isn’t a stretch to say this is the safest pick they could have made regarding Arizona.