Matt Harvey Ditches the Fastball, Somehow Gets Filthier

Remember when innings limits were in vogue and Matt Harvey‘s season appeared over? Yeah, me neither. Just a few weeks after we’d thought his campaign would wrap in Strasburg-esque fashion, New York’s Dark Knight on Saturday scripted the latest episode to his gripping 2015 saga with a gem of an outing against the Kyle Schwarber-led Cubs in game one […]

Lessons Learned from Trevor Bauer’s First Start

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 […]

Clayton Kershaw: Historically Platoon-Proof

To put into perspective everything that Clayton Kershaw means to the game of baseball, both from a historical and current standpoint, is an impossibly difficult task to undertake. The 26-year-old southpaw trotted onto the fresh-cut grass at Camelback Ranch-Glendale last Thursday as the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and owner of four […]

Will Name Change Spark Upper-Half Improvement for Melvin Upton Jr.?

On Monday, while news of Yoan Moncada‘s signing with the Boston Red Sox poured through media outlets across the globe, Atlanta Braves outfielder B.J. Upton made lesser headlines for reportedly changing his name back to the one he was given at birth: Melvin Upton Jr. The motivation behind Upton’s decision remains uncertain at this point, but it may have something to […]

To Avoid Ike Davis Comparisons, Lucas Duda must Adjust to Soft Stuff

With Matt Harvey scheduled to return from Tommy John surgery and the potential for a fairly productive one-two punch in David Wright and Michael Cuddyer this season, optimism levels at the New York Mets’ spring training facility in Port St. Lucie, Fla., have never been higher in recent memory than right now. But one of the biggest wild cards surrounding […]

How Danny Salazar Learned to Command his Fastball

The Cleveland Indians’ starting rotation has undergone some pretty significant changes over the past two years, including the departure of Ubaldo Jimenez via free agency and the club’s trading of Justin Masterson to St. Louis last July. But Terry Francona and general manager Chris Antonetti have done a masterful job of replacing them. Led by new staff ace Corey Kluber, Cleveland’s starters […]

Lance Lynn: Righty Killer

The St. Louis Cardinals just assured they won’t have any contentious arbitration hearings with starting pitcher Lance Lynn, signing the durable right-hander to a three-year, $22 million deal with an additional $1.5 million in potential incentives. The 27-year-old has quietly established himself as one of the better starters in the National League over the past […]

To Reach Full Potential, Carlos Martinez Must Conquer Lefties

The St. Louis Cardinals have designs on winning yet another NL Central title and World Series trophy in 2015. But they’re also looking to cultivate a home-grown ace capable of eventually taking over for Adam Wainwright, who’s now 33 years old and coming off elbow surgery in October. Whether the Cards achieve their dual objectives […]

Kole Calhoun’s Second-Half Regressions, Explained

Back in mid-July, when 27-year-old Los Angles Angels outfielder Kole Calhoun had been mashing as efficiently as any big-league outfielder, Mike Scioscia put it best when he told Mike DeGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, “I don’t know if there’s a hotter player in our league right now. He’s seeing the ball well. He’s swinging the bat well.” Indeed, he […]

Will Shelby Miller Find his Rhythm in Atlanta?

In a deal that only a select few outside of Braves president of baseball operations John Hart and Cardinals GM John Mozeliak probably anticipated prior to the beginning of the week, Atlanta and St. Louis participated in the first eye-catching transaction of the 2014-15 off-season Monday afternoon when the two clubs swapped Shelby Miller (and Tyrell Jenkins) for Jason Heyward (and Jordan Walden). […]