Brandon Crawford’s Power: Here to Stay?

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As the sole architect responsible for constructing rosters that have won three World Series championships and two National League West titles in last half decade alone, San Francisco Giants Senior Vice President and General Manager Brian Sabean has emphatically staked his claim as one of the game’s great and most influential minds in recent years. So it stands […]

D.J. LeMahieu Reaps the Benefits of Off-Speed Adjustment

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While the first three weeks of Major League Baseball’s 2015 season have been predominantly characterized by injuries to some of the game’s top pitchers, the Mets’ surprisingly scintillating start, Adrian Gonzalez‘s punishment of baseballs and Kris Bryant doing things like this, another intriguing story-line that doesn’t seem ready to abscond from our minds is that which D.J. LeMahieu has managed to […]

Chris Archer Baffles Hitters with Refined Slider Command

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While the Tampa Bay Rays attempt to tread water in the AL East sans Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Alex Colome in what looked to be a formidable starting rotation a few months back, Chris Archer has embraced his role as staff ace early in 2015 and continues to build a strong Cy Young portfolio. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old tabbed his third consecutive start […]

Nick Castellanos’ Time to Shine Has Officially Arrived

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Beefing up an already potent offense with the acquisitions of Yoenis Cespedes and Anthony Gose this past winter, the Detroit Tigers have clobbered their way to Major League Baseball’s hottest start — they’re 10-2 after drubbing the White Sox 9-1 on Sunday — through the first two weeks of the regular season. No team in baseball owns a better run […]

The Good and Bad of Chris Heston’s Curveball

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Thrust into Bruce Bochy’s starting rotation in wake of Matt Cain‘s trip to the disabled list, 27-year-old journeyman right-hander Chris Heston has swiftly become one of baseball’s most intriguing early storylines. With just 5.1 innings to his big-league résumé prior to this season — all of which came as a September call-up in 2014 — the former twelfth-round pick out of East Carolina University has […]

Lessons Learned from Trevor Bauer’s First Start

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One week removed from opening day, we’re at a point in the season during which statistics ought to be taken with an enormous grain of salt. Adrian Gonzalez led qualified hitters with five dingers and a 2.077 slugging percentage entering last weekend. That’s a fine accomplishment, but he’s not going to maintain that pace. Kyle Lohse and the 21.60 ERA he […]

How Legit are Joc Pederson’s Swing-and-Miss Tendencies?

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A few weeks back, Lou Musto, one of our handful of fantastic Sandlot contributors here at Gammons Daily, appropriately delved into the many reasons why Joc Pederson is baseball’s must-watch prospect this season. If by some chance you haven’t checked out the article yet — and I suggest you do rather soon, because he’s a great writer whose […]

David Price Unveils New Fastball Approach in Win over Twins

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Major League Baseball’s 2015 regular season has only begun to blossom, but you don’t need an incredibly large sample size of playing time to diagnose one overarching theme after Opening Day: Good starting pitching continues to beat good hitting. Between Sunday’s season-opener in Chicago and Monday’s contests, 30 starting pitchers combined to post a 3.01 ERA, 1.07 […]

With Improved Split-Changeup, Jake Odorizzi Poised for Big Things in 2015

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After toiling in the minors with three different organizations in the span of five years — Milwaukee, who drafted him thirty-second overall in 2007; Kansas City, who acquired him in 2010; Tampa Bay, who traded for his services in 2012 — Jake Odorizzi finally received his first full-time gig with a big-league rotation last season with the Rays, pitching to a […]

Should Ubaldo Jimenez Elevate his Slider?

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Buck Showalter and the Baltimore Orioles open their American-League-East-title-defense campaign next Monday at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay, but we still don’t know a whole lot about how their starting rotation will look heading into 2015. Kevin Gausman, Chris Tillman, Wei-Yin Chen, Bud Norris and Miguel Gonzalez seem to be the most likely of candidates to comprise the five-man carousel, but what order […]