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 […]

A Cardinal Transformation: How Randal Grichuk’s Power Has Blossomed with St. Louis

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The St. Louis Cardinals are, I think it’s fair to say at this point, the best team in baseball. Winners of six straight and owners of baseball’s best record (51-24), run differential (+98) and divisional lead (9 games) heading into this week, Mike Matheny and company are steamrolling their way toward another World Series appearance and doing […]

Kyle Hendricks’ Changeup Progresses Toward Filth Status

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Save for MLB.tv’s blackout restrictions, there are very few legitimate excuses not to watch the Chicago Cubs these days. Kris Bryant, arguably the game’s top position prospect coming into this season, is mashing (143 OPS+). Anthony Rizzo, already an established superstar in his own right, is really mashing (167 OPS+). Jake Arrieta is good at pitching. Jon Lester is good at pitching. Heck, even Jason […]

Taijuan Walker Hones His Splitter, Flashes Potential in Mariners Rotation

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Has Taijuan Walker finally hit his stride? That’s the question many are understandably asking after the 22-year-old Mariners phenom manufactured one of his best starts of the season Monday night against the defending World Series Champion San Francisco Giants, ceding just one earned run on seven hits, no walks and six strikeouts across seven strong […]

Thinking Outside the Plate: How Cameron Maybin Reinvigorated His Career in Atlanta

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When the San Diego Padres dealt Cameron Maybin (and a few others) to Atlanta on opening day eve in exchange for Craig Kimbrel and Justin Upton, the move wasn’t supposed to provide immediate dividends for the Braves. Sure, general manager John Hart dumped roughly $20 million in salary obligations for the coming season and acquired two solid pitching prospects, but consensus opinion […]

Carlos Martinez Sinks his Way to Summer Turnaround

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Adam Wainwright‘s season-ending Achilles injury was supposed to throw a wrench into the Cardinals’ postseason and World Series aspirations. Instead, Mike Matheny’s starting rotation has made the loss of a perennial Cy Young contender seem almost insignificant. Since Wainwright hit the disabled list on April 28, St. Louis’ starting rotation has manufactured the National League’s second-lowest […]

Mike Bolsinger Thrives in L.A. with Effective Two-Pitch Mix

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While the mid to back-end of the Dodgers’ rotation has been largely an impromptu affair up to this point with Hyun Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy on the disabled list, Don Mattingly and the rest of Los Angeles’ front office have been pleasantly surprised by the production of one Mike Bolsinger, who seems to have hit his stride as a fill-in […]

The Inner Workings of Eric Hosmer’s Sweltering Spring

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The Eric Hosmer we once knew is gone. That’s not to say he’s physically left us in any capacity, of course, nor does it imply that the ‘old’ Eric Hosmer might not ever return. But, for the moment at least, it’s true: He’s gone. Now in his age 25 season, Hosmer has all but made a mockery of big-league pitching, […]

Starlin Castro’s Sluggish Start, Understood

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While Anthony Rizzo, Kris Bryant and Addison Russell this year have given many a reason to believe the Chicago Cubs’ infield might be baseball’s best in the not-too-distant future, rather strangely, the same cannot be said of Starlin Castro. After an 0-for-4 showing with the lumber Monday night in Chicago, the 25-year-old shortstop with three All-Star selections to his resume holds true to a .182/.200/.250 slash line […]

Shelby Miller and His (New) Cut-Fastball Command

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Fresh off what could probably be considered his best performance as a professional — 9.0 IP, 3 H, 0 R, BB, 8 K, 99 pitches thrown — last Tuesday in Atlanta, Shelby Miller on Monday night will toe the rubber for his seventh start of the season for the Braves against Joey Votto and the Reds at Great American Ballpark, a […]