Mysteries of the Rugi

From some angles, Justin Ruggiano looks like an absolute gem. He hits for power, can run, plays all three outfield positions, is just two years removed from a sparkling .909 OPS, draws some walks, hits right-handed, saves puppies from burning buildings, and who knows what else. But then, as in “Dateline Mysteries,” some folks began…

Don’t Look Now, But Ruggiano Reminds Us Of …

In the first part we found a lot to like about Justin Ruggiano. But we are still like the dogged best friend who smells a rat and doesn’t trust the smarmy new stepdad …  [by continuing this theme we are not implying anything about Ruggiano himself, of course … ] We used our Flowchart Profiler…

Summing Up Saunders-for-Happ

One-for-one trades involving established major leaguers take some guts, of course, because there isn’t any wiggle room.  Either you got the better player or you didn’t. I think we established that healthy Michael Saunders is the superior player to J.A. Happ. In the end it depends on that word “healthy.” Because for all the shiny…

Jack will be Back

Personal Note: Sorry for the extended hiatus here.  I’ve been working on a huge series (the technical term is “humungo”) which I have not finished, but it will have graphs and important-sounding words like “correlation” and “humungo.”  And had a couple of days of back-to-school related dorm move-ins and the like. In case you were…