Kole Calhoun’s Second-Half Regressions, Explained

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Back in mid-July, when 27-year-old Los Angles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had been mashing as efficiently as any big-league outfielder, Mike Scioscia put it best when he told Mike DeGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t know if there’s a hotter player in our league right now. He’s seeing the ball well. He’s swinging the bat well.” Indeed, he […]

Will Shelby Miller Find his Rhythm in Atlanta?

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In a deal that only a select few outside of Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and Cardinals GM John Mozeliak probably anticipated prior to the beginning of the week, Atlanta and St. Louis participated in the first eye-catching transaction of the 2014-15 off-season Monday afternoon when the two clubs swapped Shelby Miller (and Tyrell Jenkins) for Jason Heyward (and Jordan Walden). […]

Pitch Sequencing Key Against Marlins’ Marcell Ozuna

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If Marcell Ozuna has shown us anything, it’s that he hits baseballs hard. Painfully hard. Trevor Cahill‘s unfortunate injury aside, though, Ozuna squares up the baseball at a fantastic rate. Exactly 25.2% of his 840 career at-bats since making his big-league debut two Aprils ago have ended in a hard-hit ball in play, based off video review. That’s really […]

Jean Segura Can Succeed in 2015, and Here’s How

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What’s up with Jean Segura? That’s the question many Milwaukee Brewers fans have asked over the past year and a half with respect to the offensive production of their club’s starting shortstop, and understandably so. The centerpiece to the deal that shipped Zack Greinke to Los Angeles in July of 2012, Segura, touted by Baseball Prospectus as the […]

The Secret(s) Behind Matt Kemp’s Sensational Second-Half

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With a monstrous contract to live up to and Joc Pederson breathing down his neck, Matt Kemp had himself one heck of a 2014 regular season. Well, offensively at least. Despite his -25.8 UZR/150 (!) from the outfield, the recently turned 30-year-old Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder slashed .287/.346/.506 en route to a weighted runs created plus of 140, […]

Drew Hutchison: Baseball’s Next Great Swing-and-Miss Artist?

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In his post-season press conference earlier this month, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthropolous pointed out to reporters the blatantly obvious when he said his club didn’t achieve its goals this season. Toronto finished third in the American League East in 2014 and in the process extended its postseason drought to 21 consecutive seasons — […]

Which Jose Abreu Will We See Next Season?

Jose Abreu, the Rookie of the Year in waiting

Regardless of who the baseball writers believe was the American League’s most valuable player this season, one could make a very compelling argument that Jose Abreu was baseball’s best hitter in 2014. I certainly wouldn’t be one to dismiss such an argument. After all, the man did lead baseball in straight-up slugging percentage (.584), finish second to […]

Diagnosing Jason Heyward’s Power Decline

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Looking back, Jason Heyward‘s rookie season was pretty darn good. Just a few months removed from posting a .983 on-base plus slugging over three levels of minor league ball, the outfielder tabbed as Baseball Prospectus’ top prospect heading into 2010 mashed a home run in his first big-league plate appearance and followed it up with 4.6 wins […]

Drew Smyly Elevates His Game in Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay Rays front office officials were chastised by many following the July 31 trade deadline for dealing David Price to Detroit without a substantial return in assets, and at the time, these criticisms were legitimate. Less than two years removed from winning the American League Cy Young Award and being arguably the most productive lefthanded starter […]

Buster Posey: Regressing into October Success?

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No player in the National League would be more deserving of a hypothetical post-All-Star-break Most Valuable Player award than Buster Posey, who Sunday afternoon mashed his 22nd home run of the season to help San Francisco capture a regular-season-ending 9-3 victory over San Diego. Heading into his club’s wild-card playoff game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, the […]