Can Carlos Gomez Regain his Offensive Mojo?

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Though the Milwaukee Brewers maintained a one-and-a-half game lead on St. Louis for first place in the National League Central division heading into play Tuesday night, the club’s current and potentially decisive six-game road trip began on a frustrating note Monday evening, coming out on the losing end of a 2-1 game in Tampa Bay. […]

I Believe in Stephen Vogt (And You Should, Too)

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As if there weren’t enough reasons to believe Billy Bean has been baseball’s best front-office executive this season, the Oakland Athletics’ general manager is yet again reaping the benefits of an under-the-radar deal — this time coming from the one made April 6 of 2013 when he acquired Stephen Vogt from Tampa Bay as part of […]

A.J. Burnett and the Consequences of High Pitch Counts

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A.J. Burnett turned in a gem of an outing Wednesday night for Philadelphia, holding the NL-West leading San Francisco Giants to zero runs on four hits, four walks and six strikeouts over eight innings despite a lengthy rain delay and less-than-ideal pitching conditions. Yet while the outing bolstered Burnett’s trade value as July 31 non-waiver deadline nears […]

Inside Ryan Braun’s Scorching Past 30 Days

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Four solo home runs from three different players — two from Jonathan Lucroy, including a game-winner in the bottom of the ninth — powered the Milwaukee Brewers to a 4-3 victory over the Cincinnati Reds Tuesday night at Miller Park, helping Ron Roenicke’s bunch reclaim a one-and-a-half-game lead in the National League Central division race. Ryan […]

Devin Mesoraco: Pull-Hitter Extraordinaire

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Shuffling through 10 different catchers since the start the 2008 season, the Cincinnati Reds have patiently waited for Devin Mesoraco‘s touted bat to blossom at the major league level, and their patience has been rewarded this season. The organization’s first-rounder back in 2007 struts a .304/.375/.609 batting line and 2.9 fWAR (second-highest among catchers with at least […]

Jose Quintana’s Curveball-Driven Success

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Though he was not present at Tuesday night’s 85th All-Star game at Target Field, Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana has sure performed like an all-pro of late. Over his last five starts spanning 35.2 innings, the 6-foot-2 Colombian southpaw has pitched to a 1.51 earned run average and 0.84 WHIP (third and fifth-best, respectively, in the […]

Felix Hernandez’s Filthy, Filthy Changeup

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Felix Hernandez lowered his league-best fielding independent pitching to 2.02 Friday evening thanks to his eight-inning, nine-strikeout, two-earned run performance against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field — marking the 28-year-old right-hander’s eleventh consecutive start in which he logged at least seven innings and allowed two or fewer earned runs to the opposition. Since his streak […]

Falling Behind to Matt Adams: A Pitcher’s Worst Nightmare

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As the St. Louis Cardinals continue their surge up the National League Central totem pole — they’re two games out of first place after their 5-2 victory over Pittsburgh Wednesday evening – Matt Adams continues to pour on the production from the middle of Mike Matheny’s lineup, leading the roster in batting average (.335), slugging percentage (.538), […]

Matt Garza’s New Fastball Approach

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Matt Garza tossed his first complete-game shutout in a Milwaukee Brewers uniform Saturday afternoon at Great American Ballpark, administering two walks, striking out nine while holding the Cincinnati Reds to just two hits over 111 total pitches thrown. The performance generated a game score of 90 — his best mark since July 26, 2010 (92), when […]

Joe Mauer Headed to DL After Flailing Against Lefties

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Joe Mauer exited Minnesota’s Wednesday-evening matchup against the Royals with a right oblique strain, and according to sources has been placed on the 15-day disabled list. The injury originated from a swing at some point during the contest, with Mauer describing the sensation to FOX Sports North’s Tyler Mason as feeling like he had been “shot”. […]