“LH” and “RH” ratings account only for left- and right-handed batters, respectively.

Even though I gave Hellebuyck the overall MVP award, I’ll give Rinne this one as to not repeat winners within my own awards list. And the argument for Rinne is very strong, as well as the overall fantasy MVP. After all, he had more fantasy value than any other player this season. His first-overall finish on the Player Rater was his third 40-plus win season, was his fourth season with a save percentage better than .920 and featured a new career best with eight shutouts.

According to offensive line coach John Hevesy, who was on staff with Mullen at Florida and his entire tenure at Mississippi State, their job isn’t any more or less difficult now than it was before. Instead of squeezing talent out of two- and three-star players, now they have to focus more on finding players who are the right fit for the program mentally. Hevesy said that de-recruiting players — in other words, reminding them that the five-star designation they came in with disappears the minute they walk through the door — is the new challenge.

“A lot of times there were guys that we got maybe that were a lot more maybe diamonds in the rough that we would shine up and help improve,” Mullen said. “Hopefully recruiting here we’re just going to get diamonds.”

But that was just the icing on a crazy week for New Orleans. Things started with Nikola Mirotic lobbying for free razors from Gillette after his 30-point performance in Game 3 — and getting them!

Once the Golden State Warriors lost to the San Antonio Spurs in Game 4, eliminating the possibility of a second team sweeping in the first round, Pelicans mascot Pierre the Pelican posted the Kermit the Frog meme and threw shade at the rest of the playoff teams.

Weighted on-base average (wOBA) is the primary statistic used in the calculation. Ratings range from 1 to 10, with 10 representing the best possible matchup, statistically speaking, and 1 representing the worst. For example, a 10 is a must-start rating, while a 1 should be avoided (if possible); a 1-2 is poor, 3-4 is fair, 5-6 is average, 7-8 is very good and 9-10 is excellent.

“We’ve got some talent,” he said when asked about the quality of the roster he inherited from McElwain, who was fired after going 22-12 in three seasons. But after pausing for a moment, he added, “We’ve got some development to do.”
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