Evan Drellich Of The Houston Chronicle Previews The AL West
Now Playing: Evan Drellich Of The Houston Chronicle Previews The AL West - Inside this edition of "Without a Curse," Alex previews the AL West with Astros beat writer, Evan Drellich, of the Houston Chronicle.
Alex and Evan talk about the excitement surrounding some of the young talent in Astros' camp, and whether or not the club's apparent strategy of "tanking" in 2013 will result in an expedited rebuilding process. Alex also asks Evan about Comcast SportsNet Houston's bankruptcy, and how much of an affect those proceedings will have on the Astros' finances.
The Mariners signed Robinson Cano to a 10-year, $240 million contract this winter, but still may not be ready to compete. Alex and Evan discuss the Mariners' roster, and wonder if it's deep enough to last through a 162-game season.
It was a relatively quiet offseason for the Angels, who are looking to rebound in 2014. Even with all of the money being spent around the game, eight more years of that Albert Pujols contract still looks like quite the albatross (but hey, at least Mike Trout will make Angels games must watch experiences).
Alex and Evan both believe the A's and Rangers are best positioned to win the AL West this season, and discuss which team made more substantial additions this winter. If the Rangers fail to make the postseason for a third consecutive year, Ron Washington's job could be in jeopardy.
The Red Sox played their first televised game of the spring Sunday, with possible new sideline reporter Elle Duncan featured on the telecast. Felix Doubront tossed two scoreless innings, which is a very positive sign. It's important for Doubront to build off his terrific performance out of the bullpen in the World Series, and start off the spring strong.
Alex covered the MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference over the weekend for BostInno, and had the opportunity to briefly speak with Bill James about the Red Sox player personnel philosophy. Bill says the Red Sox value intangible factors, even though they're unquantifiable by nature.
In the "Around the League" segment, Alex continues to talk about his experiences at the conference last weekend. It's apparent that analytics are the present in professional sports, as every major decision maker uses them when deciding how to run franchises from both an on-field and off-field perspective.
Those who don't understand analytics and cover professional sports are doing their readers, listeners and viewers a disservice. Anyone who doesn't grasp advanced metrics isn't able to properly analyze the league he or she is covering, because they have no idea how decisions are made.
That's why it's a shame FOX has seemingly decided to hire Harold Reynolds as Tim McCarver's replacement. The gleefully statistically ignorant Reynolds is an affable personality, but will likely offer little in-terms of insightful content.
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