On Valentine’s Day 2018, late into the still frigid Hot Stove that is this year's offseason, the Orioles entered into a relationship with Andrew Cashner to the tune of two years for $16 million, much to the chagrin of some of his ex’s (Rangers) fans. Both SBNation’s site of the Texas Rangers, LoneStarBall, and beat writer Evan Grant, recommended a Cashner reunion at one point or another this offseason.
By looking at some of Cashner’s raw statistics from his 2017 campaign, it could be argued, albeit wrongly, that he was one of, if not the best, pitcher on the Ranger’s staff. For the sake of this entire analysis, I will be using data from FanGraphs. There are some data discrepancies, especially with batted ball data and WAR, between FanGraphs and BaseballReference, which is why I am only using FanGraphs data for consistency.
Last Sunday was the largest sporting event in the United States, the pinnacle of the 2017 NFL season, and the odds are high that you watched it. NBC's telecast for the Super Bowl drew 103.4 million viewers, apparently tumbling by 7% to its lowest levels since 2009. Even so, 103.4 million viewers are almost a third of the entire population of the USA, a staggering number in its own right.
The Philadelphia Eagles eked out a hard-fought victory against the New England Patriots, winning by a full eight points, 44-31. That 8 point spread was actually the largest margin in a Super Bowl that the Patriots have played in since 2002, the first time Tom Brady played in one. The 8 point loss was by far the largest loss the Patriots have experienced in the Super Bowl, as they fell by 4 and 3 points respectively to the New York Giants.