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Zach writes about baseball, basketball, and other assorted topics.

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Shot Quality Doesn’t Matter Anymore in the NBA. So What Does?

Layups and 3s used to be an easy predictor of team success. That’s not the case anymore. Why did that relationship disappear? And where is this evolution leading?

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The Seven Biggest MLB Lockout Questions, Answered

Baumann and Kram break down baseball’s work stoppage

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Can Zach LaVine and the Bulls Make the Leap Together?

For Chicago to make it back to the playoffs, and maybe even win a series for the first time since the Thibs era, it’ll need the former dunk champ to become an All-NBA player

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MLB’s Free Agency Arms Race Is Being Driven by a Surprising Group: Non-Playoff Teams

Contenders are always expected to make splashy signings this time of year. But so far this winter, the 11 biggest contracts handed out have come from teams that didn’t make the postseason. Where is this spending spree coming from? And what does it mean for next season?

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Max Scherzer’s Signing Signals a New Era for the Mets. Will It Be Successful?

Steve Cohen and Co. have had an … eventful offseason, but with the signings of Scherzer, Starling Marte, and others over the past week, things finally seem to be trending in the right direction. What does that mean for the Mets in 2022—and beyond?

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Four Big Takeaways From Shifts in NBA Player Shot Charts

What can we learn from player shot charts less than a month into this NBA season? Draymond Green has found his niche—and it’s time to keep an eye on Chris Paul.

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Free Agent Matchmaker: What’s the Best Landing Spot for the 20 Best Free Agents?

Baumann and Kram discuss what’s next for players like Carlos Correa, Justin Verlander, and Marcus Semien

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How Much Should You Believe in the Early NBA Standings?

The Warriors, Wizards, and Cavaliers have all outperformed preseason expectations so far. But will that continue? Or will those teams fall back to earth?

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The Atlanta Braves Eliminated the Houston Astros to Win Their First World Series Since 1995

Baumann and Kram also share their October superlatives for all the other teams previously eliminated before briefly previewing the ominous labor landscape

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Atlanta Used One Trick to Win a Shocking World Series Title

Despite winning fewer regular-season games than any team in the 2021 playoff field, Atlanta capitalized on a weak division and key trades to do what so many other superior predecessors could not. The lesson? Try.