Will Joc Pederson’s Plate Coverage Resurface in September?

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If there were a seminal moment from Tuesday evening’s high-stakes chess match between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Chavez Ravine — other than every time Zack Greinke stepped onto the mound during his masterful 7.1 innings, of course — it would have probably been this one: Your browser does not support iframes. With his team clinging […]

Mike Trout, Injury, and the Symptoms of an August Decline

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The month of August was not particularly kind to the Los Angeles Angels. Coming into Monday’s series-opening tiff in Oakland, Mike Scioscia and company had just endured a three-game weekend sweep at the hands of the Cleveland Indians, a series characterized by a 20-6 run differential in favor of their opponent. The implications of their […]

The How and Why of Madison Bumgarner’s Brilliant August Campaign

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The Madison Bumgarner we saw last October transcended the definition of dominance on baseball’s brightest platform, and by default, many of us (this writer included) pondered whether we’d ever again see a stretch of games like it by the young, esteemed southpaw. Then this month happened. After running roughshod over Kyle Schwarber and company Thursday night to the tune of 12 […]

Mo-Town Renaissance: How Ian Kinsler Turned Back the Clock for Rejuvenated Second-Half

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Big-league hitters, unlike fine wine, typically don’t get better with age. We know this because we can physically see it on the field, when joints, bat speed and reaction times begin to progressively deteriorate over time. But we also know this because we can prove it in hard data. Declines in production carry levels of variance from player to […]

Francisco Lindor Handles Heat, Breaks Out for Tribe in Second Half

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Glove? Check. Arm? You bet. Speed? Duh. Bat? We’ll see. The words you have just read form the basis for what many considered an accurate — albeit unfairly brief — scouting report on Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor prior to his June 13 callup from Triple-A Columbus. And, for the most part, this evaluation has proved an […]

Centering on David Peralta’s Second-Half Emergence

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Paul Goldschmidt and the Arizona Diamondbacks have scored more runs (516) than any team in the National League this season. That’s fairly noteworthy because A.) Arizona finished as a bottom-feeder in this category last season, B.) Chase Field has been anything but home run-friendly in 2015 and C.) no significant winter moves were made to make this possible. So, how’ve […]

Chris Davis Re-Reclaims the Outer-Half, Again

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Chris Davis‘ big-league career path has been anything but predictable. Not to say anyone’s path is, or that anything in life even comes close, but relatively speaking, year-to-year consistency hasn’t exactly been Davis’ strong point. Take 2008. That year, Davis bashed .643 with 23 home runs over two levels of the upper minors. The Rangers promoted […]

Joey Votto and When Reaching Base Becomes Child’s Play

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If Joey Votto retired from baseball tomorrow, God forbid, what would be his lasting legacy? Some would say hitting, and that’s compelling given his Cooperstown-worthy .310 career average. Some would claim hitting for power, which is also persuasive when one considers his career .533 slugging percentage. Others would support his glove-work, which is also a credible argument given his Gold Glove […]

Lucas Duda and the Peripherals of a Sweltering Second-Half

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A lot has been made, and will probably continue to be made, of Lucas Duda‘s current stretch of power production. Which is understandable. After supplying two dingers and a trio of batted-in runs in the Mets’ key 3-2 triumph over Bryce Harper and the Nationals Saturday night at Citi Field — a win that trimmed Washington’s divisional edge to one […]

Plate Coverage Fueling Mookie Betts’ Turnaround

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In a season that has gone horribly awry in myriad areas, things might actually be looking up for the Boston Red Sox. After taking two of three from the Houston Astros at Fenway this past weekend, John Farrell and company have won seven of their last ten ballgames and now sit six games back of […]