Francisco Liriano’s Slider Regains Its Filth

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Is it just me, or is the Francisco Liriano of old — you know, the one from last season — suddenly back? Based on recent production, I would say so. The man who finished ninth in NL Cy Young award voting last season allowed four hits and struck out a hefty sum of 12 batters — a season high […]

Inside Yasiel Puig’s Production Plunge

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Had you Google-searched ‘Yasiel Puig‘ exactly nine weeks ago today, there’s a one hundred percent chance that the results would have brought about vastly different themes than that same search today. Two months ago, you were likely to find an article of the 23-year-old’s haircut, recent ejection, fantastic production from the top of Los Angeles’ lineup and […]

Starling Marte’s New Power Alley

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As Pittsburgh Pirates outfielder Starling Marte continues to pulverize baseballs at an impressive clip since returning from the disabled list from concussion-like symptoms on August 5, opposing managers have to be asking themselves: How in the world are we supposed to get this guy out? Indeed, the former prized prospect in Pittsburgh’s system has been a tough […]

Marcus Stroman Dominant at Rogers Centre; But How?

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Marcus Stroman booked his first career complete game shutout Monday evening against a prospect-laden Chicago Cubs lineup in Toronto, striking out eight batters, walking none and ceding just three hits — all singles — in what many would consider baseball’s most hitter-friendly environment. The Duke product selected 22nd overall two summers ago needed just 93 pitches to […]

Can James Paxton Keep Up this Pace?

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As the Seattle Mariners’ postseason pursuit shifts to the month of September, James Paxton continues to impress in the early stages of his big-league career. Through 12 career games started (totaling 71 innings of work) in Lloyd McClendon’s rotation, the 6-foot-4 southpaw who Baseball America tabbed as Seattle’s third-best prospect coming into 2014 has allowed a lowly […]

The Less Predictable Version of Matt Shoemaker

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With a whopping total of five big-league innings under his belt prior to 2014, it wouldn’t be much of a stretch to say the vast majority of baseball fans outside of the greater Los Angeles area hadn’t a clue Matt Shoemaker ever existed. After all, he is the only Eastern Michigan University product currently playing in the bigs (here’s the entire list of alumni, […]

Nelson Cruz, Then and Now

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Though the month of September began on a positive note for Baltimore Orioles slugger Nelson Cruz — he went 1-for-4 with a ninth-inning home run against Glen Perkins Monday afternoon, marking just the second time he’s tallied consecutive games with a round tripper since late May — there’s no avoiding the fact that the 10-year vet has witnessed a precipitous […]

Jake Peavy Re-Kindling the Fire in San Francisco

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As our own Peter Gammons pointed out early Sunday morning, Jake Peavy‘s last four starts for Bruce Bochy and company have been stellar, allowing a mere total of four earned runs in the 28.2 innings of work he’s accumulated since August 12. Perhaps more impressively, the veteran righty struts a 2.66 earned run average and 3.10 […]

Alex Gordon Putting it All Together in August

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If at any point over the past two or so months you’ve checked FanGraphs’ wins above replacement leader-board for position players and asked yourself: ‘Who is Alex Gordon and how on earth did he become so valuable?’, you’re certainly not alone. The answer to that question for those who asked — this writer included — from Opening Day […]

Pre-Swing Adjustments Prove Beneficial for Dustin Ackley

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Finalizing their three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox with an 8-6 victory Sunday afternoon at Fenway, the Seattle Mariners boosted their regular-season record to 71-58 and now sit six games back of the division-leading Los Angeles Angels. Baseball Prospectus gives Seattle a 56.7% chance of making the postseason as of Monday morning, but if […]