MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox

Projecting the White Sox: The Devil is in the Details

PECOTA is pretty great, but it isn’t without its flaws.  There are some things it simply cannot predict about players. Sure, it can identify players with playing time suddenly cut short were likely injured, as the comps pulled by the algorithm are likely going to find similar playing time dips caused by injury.  But sudden […]

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox

Fun With White Sox PECOTA Player Comparisons

PECOTA Day brings me a lot of joy for a lot of reasons, but one of the most fun aspects of its release, at least to me, is looking at the player comparisons. Like last year, I’ve picked out some of my favorite White Sox player comparisons — fun, unusual, exciting — as we continue […]

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

PECOTA and the 2018 White Sox

Wednesday was PECOTA Day at the Baseball Prospectus, the day when our projection system spits out how it thinks the new season will unfold. You can view the full projections over at Baseball Prospectus, and the work that goes into them always make it worth your while, but let’s dive into some of the more noteworthy projections […]

MLB: Winter Meetings

Miracle on 35th Street: The White Sox Christmas Wishlist

Somewhere on 35th and Shields, Jerry Reinsdorf is reading his great-grandchildren stories of Paul Konerko grand slams, Scott Podsednik walk-off homers, and the greatest postseason run by a starting rotation in MLB history over a cup of hot cocoa. Maybe that’s a bit dramatic. The Winter Meetings are over and the rumors are swirling, which […]

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Detroit Tigers

Hypothetical landing spots for Abreu, Garcia

I’m just going to get this out of the way right from the start: I’m not advocating the White Sox trade Jose Abreu or Avisail Garcia. There are logical arguments to be made for trading either or both. That’s an argument for another day. However, while Rick Hahn indicated at this week’s GM meetings in Orlando […]

MLB: Los Angeles Angels at Chicago White Sox

A Few Ideas as Hot Stove Season begins

I am told that the World Series is over and the offseason has begun.  Indeed, it seems the Angels agreed to a 5-year arrangement with Justin Upton within mere moments of Carlos Correa proposing to his girlfriend. After a 2015-16 offseason that commenced with two exciting additions and then deteriorated into a death march of […]

MLB: Chicago White Sox at Houston Astros

South Side Morning 5: Jose Abreu’s big, round number

1. If you’re a regular visitor to Baseball Prospectus, I likely don’t need to explain how RBI are a poor representation of a player’s value. One only need to look at Albert Pujols — at 98 RBI on the season despite being one of the least valuable position players in baseball this year — to […]