Ryan Braun’s Thumb is Healthy — Will His Inner-Half Potency Resurface?

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Aside from the compulsive denials, legal action and subsequent public backlash elicited from his performance-enhancing drug use, the most prevalent story-line connected to Milwaukee Brewers right fielder Ryan Braun over the past two years has been the health of his right thumb. The 2011 National League MVP has battled soreness and discomfort in his right hand since the middle […]

Clayton Kershaw: Historically Platoon-Proof

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To put into perspective everything that Clayton Kershaw means to the game of baseball, both from a historical and current standpoint, is an impossibly difficult task to undertake. The 26-year-old southpaw trotted onto the fresh-cut grass at Camelback Ranch-Glendale last Thursday as the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and owner of four […]

Will Name Change Spark Upper-Half Improvement for Melvin Upton Jr.?

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On Monday, while news of Yoan Moncada‘s signing with the Boston Red Sox poured through media outlets across the globe, Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton made lesser headlines for reportedly changing his name back to the one he was given at birth: Melvin Upton Jr. The motivation behind Upton’s decision remains uncertain at this point, but it may have something to […]

To Avoid Ike Davis Comparisons, Lucas Duda must Adjust to Soft Stuff

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With Matt Harvey scheduled to return from Tommy John surgery and the potential for a fairly productive one-two punch in David Wright and Michael Cuddyer this season, optimism levels at the New York Mets’ spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., have never been higher in recent memory than right now. But one of the biggest wild cards surrounding […]

Reminiscing Over 2014’s Most Untouchable Pitches

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With many pitchers and catchers reporting to their respective team’s spring training facilities in Arizona and Florida throughout the week, it’s easy for us to become enthralled by the prospect of competitive big-league games being played in a matter of seven weeks and conveniently forget: 2014 was a great year to be a pitcher — […]

Will Ian Kinsler Remedy his Weak-Contact Problem?

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Weak contact. It’s something every major league pitcher wants to induce, and every hitter invariably seeks to avoid. It’s something that helps us as analysts and fans distinguish which pitchers are elite at helping themselves and the defenses working behind them, and which batters are most consistently able to counteract that pursuit. It’s something that helps front offices […]

How Danny Salazar Learned to Command his Fastball

The Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation has undergone some pretty significant changes over the past two years, including the departure of Ubaldo Jimenez via free agency and the club’s trading of Justin Masterson to St. Louis last July. But Terry Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti have done a masterful job of replacing them. Led by new staff ace Corey Kluber, Cleveland’s starters […]

Adam Jones and When an Aggressive Approach Goes Too Far

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Empirically, we know several things to be true of Adam Jones. We know he’s a pretty durable guy, first and foremost; he’s missed just 29 games since 2010. We know he’s a terrific defender in center field (8.7 UZR/150 in 2014); he’s nabbed Gold Glove award honors away from Mike Trout in each of the past three seasons. We know he’s got a […]

To Rake with Royals, Alex Rios Must Reclaim Inner Half

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Though Royals general manager Dayton Moore was unable to woo Torii Hunter in the free-agent market this winter, who Moore himself admitted originally headlined his wishlist following his club’s improbable World Series run, that hasn’t stopped Kansas City’s top-ranking baseball operations official from praising Alex Rios – the man he was able to bring in for two years and $11 […]

Nathan Eovaldi’s Walk Problem: Permanently Solved?

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Last Friday, ESPN.com senior reporter Buster Olney revealed in his insider post a fascinating tidbit regarding the front offices of the Miami Marlins and Arizona Diamondbacks. According to Olney, both clubs dialogued within the possibility to “swapping” Nathan Eovaldi for Wade Miley during the early stages of December, a potential trade that Miami at the time seemed convinced would materialize. That trade […]