Noah Syndergaard’s Most Important Postseason Pitch

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Game one the highly anticipated NLDS series between the Mets and Dodgers, as you may have heard, is scheduled for this Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET at Chavez Ravine. Related to that topic, as you also may have heard, have been these words uttered by one young, confident New York baseball thrower a few days ago. “I […]

Dissecting Michael Wacha’s September Struggles

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Mike Matheny’s starting rotation defied the lofty odds inherent with losing Adam Wainwright to the disabled list earlier this season, effectively utilizing the “next man up” mentality to collect baseball’s lowest rotational ERA since the beginning of May (2.99) — en route to MLB’s best record — sans the presence of a perennial Cy Young talent. Yet, as anyone […]

Christian Yelich, Adjustment, and the Ingredients of a 2016 Breakout

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On both a team and individual level, the last 30 days in Major League Baseball have encompassed a flurry of intriguing storylines. Heading into many teams’ final stretch-run toward the postseason (and others’ plight toward playoff obscurity), we’ve seen Bryce Harper arguably at his best. We’ve seen Yoenis Cespedes stake his claim as a potential NL MVP candidate. […]

Brett Cecil: The X-Factor to Toronto’s World Series Bid?

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While the official calendar flip from September to October might still be a week and change away, the current three-game, high-stakes clash between the AL-East leading Toronto Blue Jays and persistent New York Yankees sure has the feel of a legitimate postseason series. On Monday, David Price padded his AL Cy Young resume with a seven-inning, two-hit, seven-whiff […]

Plate Discipline Breeds Confidence for Starlin Castro

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A lack of confidence shouldn’t be an issue for Starlin Castro.  As a 20-year-old rookie in 2010, he hit .300. As a 21-year-old sophomore in 2011, he led baseball with 207 base knocks. As a 22-year-old phenom in 2012, he agreed to a seven-year, $60 million contract extension. And now, at the ripe age of 25 […]

C.C. Sabathia, Fastballs, and a September Turnaround Worth Believing

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On a day when the New York Yankees starting rotation received sobering news regarding its ace just one game ahead of its most crucial series to date, 35-year-old C.C. Sabathia on Sunday stepped forth and delivered a Sabathian-esque performance in his team’s series finale against the Mets, ceding just one earned run across six innings […]

Subtle Adjustments Paying Dividends for Ervin Santana, Twins

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When Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan ponied up a club record $55 million this past winter to woo Ervin Santana from the free-agent market, he thought he’d acquired a front-line-caliber starter capable of navigating a young and uneven rotation toward postseason contention. Instead, he got something else. Just three days into April, Major League Baseball imposed an 80-game […]

John Lamb, Future Reds Ace?

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When Michael Lorenzen toed the rubber for his twentieth outing of the season Friday night at Great American Ballpark, it marked the 42nd consecutive game in which the Cincinnati Reds penciled in a rookie as their starting pitcher — a streak that supplanted the St. Louis Cardinals’ streak of 41-straight rookie starters…back in 1902. Not exactly a feat worth […]

Aaron Nola’s Surprisingly Elite Curveball

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Fourteen different hurlers have graced the mound as a starting pitcher for the Philadelphia Phillies so far this season, but unlike a financial portfolio, starting pitching diversification hasn’t yielded the best results. Even with the 2.8 wins above replacement supplied by Cole Hamels prior to former GM Ruben Amaro’s dealing him to Texas via trade, Philadelphia’s copious […]

Where Addison Russell’s Power Came From

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The Chicago Cubs are baseball’s hottest team, and when you’re baseball’s hottest team, people start talking about why you’re baseball’s hottest team. For Joe Maddon and company, two things doubtlessly stand out above the rest. One: Jake Arrieta, specifically his no-hitter, and his foothold on the second-half ERA title (0.91). Two: Kris Bryant, his video-game-esque 495-foot dinger, and his taking home […]