Mike Bolsinger Thrives in L.A. with Effective Two-Pitch Mix

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While the mid to back-end of the Dodgers’ rotation has been largely an impromptu affair up to this point with Hyun Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy on the disabled list, Don Mattingly and the rest of Los Angeles’ front office have been pleasantly surprised by the production of one Mike Bolsinger, who seems to have hit his stride as a fill-in […]

The Inner Workings of Eric Hosmer’s Sweltering Spring

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The Eric Hosmer we once knew is gone. That’s not to say he’s physically left us in any capacity, of course, nor does it imply that the ‘old’ Eric Hosmer might not ever return. But, for the moment at least, it’s true: He’s gone. Now in his age 25 season, Hosmer has all but made a mockery of big-league pitching, […]

Starlin Castro’s Sluggish Start, Understood

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While Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell this year have given many a reason to believe the Chicago Cubs’ infield might be baseball’s best in the not-too-distant future, rather strangely, the same cannot be said of Starlin Castro. After an 0-for-4 showing with the lumber Monday night in Chicago, the 25-year-old shortstop with three All-Star selections to his resume holds true to a .182/.200/.250 slash line […]

Shelby Miller and His (New) Cut-Fastball Command

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Fresh off what could probably be considered his best performance as a professional — 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K, 99 pitches thrown — last Tuesday in Atlanta, Shelby Miller on Monday night will toe the rubber for his seventh start of the season for the Braves against Joey Votto and the Reds at Great American Ballpark, a […]

Brandon Crawford’s Power: Here to Stay?

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As the sole architect responsible for constructing rosters that have won three World Series championships and two National League West titles in last half decade alone, San Francisco Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean has emphatically staked his claim as one of the game’s great and most influential minds in recent years. So it stands […]

D.J. LeMahieu Reaps the Benefits of Off-Speed Adjustment

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While the first three weeks of Major League Baseball’s 2015 season have been predominantly characterized by injuries to some of the game’s top pitchers, the Mets’ surprisingly scintillating start, Adrian Gonzalez‘s punishment of baseballs and Kris Bryant doing things like this, another intriguing story-line that doesn’t seem ready to abscond from our minds is that which D.J. LeMahieu has managed to […]

Chris Archer Baffles Hitters with Refined Slider Command

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While the Tampa Bay Rays attempt to tread water in the AL East sans Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Alex Colome in what looked to be a formidable starting rotation a few months back, Chris Archer has embraced his role as staff ace early in 2015 and continues to build a strong Cy Young portfolio. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old tabbed his third consecutive start […]

Nick Castellanos’ Time to Shine Has Officially Arrived

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Beefing up an already potent offense with the acquisitions of Yoenis Cespedes and Anthony Gose this past winter, the Detroit Tigers have clobbered their way to Major League Baseball’s hottest start — they’re 10-2 after drubbing the White Sox 9-1 on Sunday — through the first two weeks of the regular season. No team in baseball owns a better run […]

The Good and Bad of Chris Heston’s Curveball

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Thrust into Bruce Bochy’s starting rotation in wake of Matt Cain‘s trip to the disabled list, 27-year-old journeyman right-hander Chris Heston has swiftly become one of baseball’s most intriguing early storylines. With just 5.1 innings to his big-league résumé prior to this season — all of which came as a September call-up in 2014 — the former twelfth-round pick out of East Carolina University has […]

Lessons Learned from Trevor Bauer’s First Start

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One week removed from opening day, we’re at a point in the season during which statistics ought to be taken with an enormous grain of salt. Adrian Gonzalez led qualified hitters with five dingers and a 2.077 slugging percentage entering last weekend. That’s a fine accomplishment, but he’s not going to maintain that pace. Kyle Lohse and the 21.60 ERA he […]