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 […]

The Fastball that Turned Around Cole Hamels’ Season

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Philadelphia Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. has received some well-deserved flack for not moving some of his club’s burdensome (and largely underperforming) contracts prior to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, but the organization’s collective decision not to deal Cole Hamels and his couldn’t look more wise. After a handful of rough outings to begin 2014 — […]

Kyle Hendricks’ Sinker is the Real Deal

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Though a 55-70 record would normally indicate otherwise, the Chicago Cubs have a lot to be happy about these days. Anthony Rizzo is contending for a home run title, Starlin Castro has reestablished himself at the plate, Javier Baez‘s bat speed is all sorts of ridiculous and Kris Bryant, Jorge Soler, Albert Almora, Addison Russell and Kyle Schwarber (among others) comprise possibly the best farm system […]

Plate Coverage Keys Corey Dickerson’s Progression

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While the Colorado Rockies’ front office has not (yet) made the moves necessary to appease a frustrated Troy Tulowitzki, the injured superstar who had season-ending hip surgery last Friday can’t possibly gripe about the young positional talent his club’s system has produced. Nolan Arenado, Charlie Blackmon and D.J. LeMahieu have each made strides this season, giving reason to believe Colorado will […]

Chris Carter’s Explosive Post-Independence Day Bat

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Though the Houston Astros enter play Wednesday night with a 0.0% chance of making the post-season — yes, you read that correctly —  according to Baseball Prospectus’ playoff odds report despite being very much alive mathematically, Chris Carter certainly hasn’t approached his club’s season as a lost cause. The fifth-year slugger mashed two home runs in a […]

An Inside Look at Alex Wood’s New-Look Curveball

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Alex Wood made a mockery out of Washington Nationals hitters Sunday night at Turner Field, striking out a career-high 12 batters over 7.1 innings of work in which he ceded just one run on five hits and three walks — a performance that helped pull Atlanta to within two and a half games of Matt Williams […]

Josh Harrison Proves Capable of Handling Heat

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Despite Andrew McCutchen being banged up and Gerrit Cole yet to make his way back from the disabled list, the Pittsburgh Pirates have managed to keep the National League Central race a compelling one as we head into the middle of August. Going 13-9 since the All-Star break, Clint Hurdle’s bunch currently sits two and a half games out of […]