1:44 PM EST, Mon November 23, 2020
The Crawfish Boxes

Hunter Brown Poised to Rise in 2021

PC: Wayne State Athletics 2020 was a season in which several young Astros arms made names for themselves, even without the benefit of a minor league season. Who could be up next? The dust has settled on the 2020 season, and if there was one consistent theme for the Astros this year (other than injuries), it was the strong performance of the club’s rookie arms. Cristian Javier was a rotation fixture for the club for much of the season and earned a third place nod for rookie of the year, and the club got further contributions from young guns like Luis Garcia and second year hurler...

Halos Heaven

2020 review: Tommy La Stella

Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/ Another solid year at the plate for the second baseman, who was traded away in August After a breakout season cut short by injury in his first year with the Angels, Tommy La Stella just kept hitting in 2020, and then was traded away after the team fell out of contention. La Stella followed up his stellar 2019 with an even better year in some respects. He had a higher on-base percentage (.370), wOBA (.355) and wRC+ (129) than he did the season before, giving the Angels a very productive top of the lineup, with La Stella surrounded by Mike Trout,...

AZ Snake Pit

Arizona Diamondbacks exercise 2021 option on Merrill Kelly

Photo by Michael Zagaris/Oakland Athletics/ Despite ending the season on the IL, the team felt it was worth the risk The D-backs wasted no time in turning down the options of Junior Guerra, Mike Leake and Hector Rondon, but took their time about deciding what to do in regard to starting pitcher Merrill Kelly. The decision there was a little more tricky: while Kelly pitched very well for the team this year, his season was brought to a sudden halt by health issues. That concluded in surgery for thoracic outlet syndrome. While he is expected to be fully healthy by the time spring training...

Bleed Cubbie Blue

Outside The Confines: Let’s talk about Game 4

Photo by Maxx Wolfson/ I mean, have you ever seen anything like that? In the past 10 years there have been a handful of truly memorable postseason games, ones that really stood out as a testament to how thrilling and downright bonkers baseball can truly be. The 2014 Wild Card game between the Royals and Athletics, and of course Game 7 of the 2016 World Series, which had a little bit of everything going on. This weekend, baseball fans unanimously agreed, Game 4 of the 2020 World Series joined the ranks of those incredible games. The Rays and Dodgers traded leads throughout the game, but...