Author Archives: John Lepore

About John Lepore

Founding Partner, Chief Editor, and Baseball Analyst for The Scorecrow. Writer and Editor at Last Word on Baseball. Follow us on Twitter @thescorecrow and @jball0202.

Did Shohei Ohtani Deserve the AL ROY?

John Lepore | November 14th, 2018

There has been a ton of discussion over the American League Rookie of the Year voting. While Shohei Ohtani won pretty easily, many fans, especially Yankee fans, are up in arms that Miguel Andujar didn’t get the award. Let’s take a look at the numbers and why Ohtani won.

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HOF Case – Billy Wagner

John Lepore | November 7th, 2018

This is the first installment of an ongoing series where we will look at the candidates for the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame in 2019. Billy Wagner was a dominant closer and this will be his fourth year on the ballot. Can he garner enough support for induction?

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NLDS Playoff Preview: Brewers vs Rockies

John Lepore | October 4th, 2018

At 5:07 PM ET the first Division Series game will start. It features the Milwaukee Brewers hosting the Colorado Rockies. There are bound to be some home runs hit and some great pitcher vs hitter battles as both teams have power bats in their lineups and power arms out of their pens.

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Wild Card Preview – Cubs vs. Rockies

John Lepore | October 2nd, 2018

The Chicago Cubs host the Colorado Rockies in the National League Wild Card game tonight at 8PM ET. The game will feature two of the best left-handed starters in the National League in Jon Lester and Kyle Freeland. Let’s take a look at the tale of the tape for both teams.

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Game 163 – Cubs vs. Brewers

John Lepore | October 1st, 2018

The Chicago Cubs and Milwaukee Brewers are both 95-67. Today at 1PM ET they will square off in Wrigley field. The winner will be the #1 seed in the NL and the loser will host the Wild Card game tomorrow night. Pride, home field in the playoffs, and two days off are riding on today’s game 163.

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Cubs vs. Cardinals – Weekend War

John Lepore | September 28th, 2018

One of the best rivalries in baseball actually means something to both teams going into the final weekend of the season. The Chicago Cubs are trying to avoid having to play a Wild Card game on Tuesday. The St. Louis Cardinals are fighting for their playoff lives. How will this battle unfold?

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What’s Wrong With Jon Lester?

John Lepore | August 13th, 2018

Pitchers hit bumps in the road as do hitters. There are peaks and valleys in baseball. It comes with the territory of playing 162 games a season. Naturally, fans react either positively or negatively to any spike in production. A young hitter goes 12-24 with 5 HRs in a week and all of a sudden he’s Babe Ruth. A young pitcher goes 3-0 with a 1.00 ERA in an 11-day span and he is suddenly Greg Maddux. When is it time though to be concerned about a pitcher who has been solid, for the most part, his entire career?

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