MLB – XN Sports http://xnsports.com Sports News, Stats, Opinion, Daily Fantasy advice and more. Tue, 09 Feb 2016 22:52:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 The Men Up North Podcast: Super Bowl 50 Preview http://xnsports.com/2016/01/30/super-bowl-50-preview/ http://xnsports.com/2016/01/30/super-bowl-50-preview/#respond Sat, 30 Jan 2016 18:19:47 +0000 http://xnsports.com/?p=63680 THE MEN UP NORTH SPORTS PODCAST: The guys recap the AFC and NFC Championship games and preview the Super Bowl between the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos. They also talked about Pete Rose’s career from strictly a statistical standpoint and the major issues that plague the Baseball Hall of Fame. 0:00-0:36–Super Bowl 50 talk 0:36-1:20:00–Pete

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Pete Rose: A Statistical Overview http://xnsports.com/2016/01/26/pete-rose-statistical-overview/ http://xnsports.com/2016/01/26/pete-rose-statistical-overview/#respond Tue, 26 Jan 2016 19:00:56 +0000 http://xnsports.com/?p=63645 A lot of discussions about Pete Rose took place last month as people were anticipating a lift of the lifetime ban the former big league legend succumbed to when it was discovered he had gambled in baseball games. For those fully aware of baseball history, that is the biggest sin a player/manager can commit. As

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The Men Up North: Chapter 13 http://xnsports.com/2016/01/15/men-up-north-podcast/ http://xnsports.com/2016/01/15/men-up-north-podcast/#respond Fri, 15 Jan 2016 07:37:50 +0000 http://xnsports.com/?p=63552 T 00:00–30:00–Baseball talk–Felipe’s Ultimate Baseball Advanced Rankings are broken down by Felipe as he answers Matt’s random questions. 30:00–52:00–A TALE OF TWO TEAMS: The Chicago Blackhawks are on fire; the Chicago Bulls are in complete disarray. 52:00–1:21:25–The guys preview the upcoming NFL playoffs. Featured Image Credit: By Lisa Gansky from New York, NY, USA (IMG_7562)

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2015 MLB Almanac: All-Offensive Team http://xnsports.com/2016/01/11/2015-mlb-almanac-offensive-team/ http://xnsports.com/2016/01/11/2015-mlb-almanac-offensive-team/#respond Mon, 11 Jan 2016 15:16:24 +0000 http://xnsports.com/?p=63493 We’re saying our final farewells to the 2015 Major League Baseball season. We already named our All-Plutonium Defensive Team so now we will highlight the very best offensive players of last season. FUBAR Once again, we will utilize Felipe’s Ultimate Baseball Advanced Rankings (or FUBAR for short) to rank these players. Seven offensive stats were used

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The Men Up North-Volume 12–State of Baseball Hall of Fame and NFL Playoffs http://xnsports.com/2016/01/07/the-men-up-north-volume-12-state-of-baseball-hall-of-fame-and-nfl-playoffs/ http://xnsports.com/2016/01/07/the-men-up-north-volume-12-state-of-baseball-hall-of-fame-and-nfl-playoffs/#respond Thu, 07 Jan 2016 10:02:12 +0000 http://xnsports.com/?p=63443 0:00–Hall of Fame Talk, Cheating and General State of Baseball 27:30–Chicago White Sox and Cubs’ talk; Todd Frazier and Jason Heyward are acquired 47:00–NFL Playoffs, teams moving to Los Angeles, the reputation of the L.A. sports’ scene. 1:04:00–Chicago Bulls are in the middle of the Jimmy Butler era 1:13:00–State of the NBA, Warriors and Spurs’

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2015 MLB Almanac: Mark Melancon Saves the Day http://xnsports.com/2015/12/22/2015-mlb-almanac-mark-melancon-saves-day/ http://xnsports.com/2015/12/22/2015-mlb-almanac-mark-melancon-saves-day/#respond Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:26:04 +0000 http://xnsports.com/?p=63235 A lot of controversy was generated when I released my top 25 relief pitchers’ rankings back in November. Many Anaheim Angels’ fans were asking about the whereabouts of team closer, Huston Street. Others were wondering how Kansas City Royals’ darling Kelvin Herrera stacked up against the elite closers of the game. But probably the biggest outcry came

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2015 MLB Almanac: All-Defensive Team http://xnsports.com/2015/12/20/2015-mlb-almanac-defensive-team/ http://xnsports.com/2015/12/20/2015-mlb-almanac-defensive-team/#respond Sun, 20 Dec 2015 15:37:21 +0000 http://xnsports.com/?p=63220 Way back on November 11, 2015, baseball announced their Gold Glove winners, for the best defensive baseball players of the 2015 campaign. The award is always mired in controversy and when it the voters are perceived to use offensive stats when selecting these awards. So we take a look back at the 2015, best defensive

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2015 MLB Almanac: Absolute Kelvin Herrera http://xnsports.com/2015/11/30/2015-mlb-almanac-absolute-kelvin-herrera/ http://xnsports.com/2015/11/30/2015-mlb-almanac-absolute-kelvin-herrera/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2015 15:37:07 +0000 http://xnsports.com/?p=62881 Using advanced baseball metrics, Felipe Melecio explains why Kelvin Herrera is not a top 25 MLB relief pitcher.

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2015 MLB Almanac: Locating Huston Street http://xnsports.com/2015/11/30/2015-mlb-almanac-locating-huston-street/ http://xnsports.com/2015/11/30/2015-mlb-almanac-locating-huston-street/#respond Mon, 30 Nov 2015 10:30:47 +0000 http://xnsports.com/?p=62876 Felipe Melecio compares MLB pitchers Huston Street, Luke Gregerson, Pedro Baez, and Josh Fields using advanced baseball stats.

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2015 MLB Almanac: Rookie Pitchers by the Numbers http://xnsports.com/2015/11/18/2015-mlb-almanac-rookie-pitchers-numbers/ http://xnsports.com/2015/11/18/2015-mlb-almanac-rookie-pitchers-numbers/#respond Wed, 18 Nov 2015 13:58:02 +0000 http://xnsports.com/?p=62704 Felipe Melecio uses advanced stats to break down the MLB starting pitcher rookie class of 2015.

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