Which Jose Abreu Will We See Next Season?

Jose Abreu, the Rookie of the Year in waiting

Regardless of who the baseball writers believe was the American League’s most valuable player this season, one could make a very compelling argument that Jose Abreu was baseball’s best hitter in 2014. I certainly wouldn’t be one to dismiss such an argument. After all, the man did lead baseball in straight-up slugging percentage (.584), finish second to […]

Diagnosing Jason Heyward’s Power Decline

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Looking back, Jason Heyward‘s rookie season was pretty darn good. Just a few months removed from posting a .983 on-base plus slugging over three levels of minor league ball, the outfielder tabbed as Baseball Prospectus’ top prospect heading into 2010 mashed a home run in his first big-league plate appearance and followed it up with 4.6 wins […]

Drew Smyly Elevates His Game in Tampa Bay

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Tampa Bay Rays front office officials were chastised by many following the July 31 trade deadline for dealing David Price to Detroit without a substantial return in assets, and at the time, these criticisms were legitimate. Less than two years removed from winning the American League Cy Young Award and being arguably the most productive lefthanded starter […]

Buster Posey: Regressing into October Success?

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No player in the National League would be more deserving of a hypothetical post-All-Star-break Most Valuable Player award than Buster Posey, who Sunday afternoon mashed his 22nd home run of the season to help San Francisco capture a regular-season-ending 9-3 victory over San Diego. Heading into his club’s wild-card playoff game in Pittsburgh on Wednesday, the […]

Carlos Carrasco Expands the Strike Zone — Literally

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Terry Francona’s Cleveland Indians won’t participate in October baseball, and that’s a darn shame because Carlos Carrasco was filthy down the stretch. The 27-year-old Venezuelan put the finishing touches on a productive stint in Cleveland’s rotation on Saturday, striking out 10 Tampa Bay Rays hitters over 7.2 frames while ceding just one earned run. The outing shrunk Carrasco’s earned run average since […]

Tim Hudson: Sinking in September

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Tim Hudson has not been particularly good of late. Wednesday night in Los Angeles, the veteran 39-year-old’s three earned runs allowed over 5.1 innings helped pave the way for a National League West-clinching 9-1 victory for the Dodgers over his own San Francisco Giants. Hudson both hit a batter and allowed a home run in the contest […]

Trusting His Slider, Collin McHugh Takes Next Step in Development

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The Houston Astros did not have a good season. They’re currently 69-90, will finish as the American League West’s second-worst club — or fourth-best, depending on your mood — by winning percentage and have now strung together nine consecutive seasons sans playoff baseball. They fired manager Bo Porter, too, and couldn’t manage to ink Bradey […]

Steve Pearce Destroying Heat for Buck Showalter

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The Baltimore Orioles have both literally and figuratively run away with the American League East this season, wrapping up the division with a convincing and efficient 8-2 victory Tuesday night over Toronto. One of the main reasons Buck Showalter and company have managed to accomplish that impressive feat has been the production of its offense […]

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 […]