Adjustments Needed for Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore

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Some believed that Tampa Bay Rays SP Matt Moore’s hot start and 8-0 record were signs of true progression from the young pitcher. Instead, this was just a few hot starts, good luck, and variance in the win statistic. Moore […]

Chicago Cubs Enduring Problems With SS Starlin Castro

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In his fourth major league season, many projected big strides forward for Chicago Cubs SS Starlin Castro. After averaging 195 hits over the past two seasons, many believed that a batting title could be in store for Castro. While his […]

Evaluating Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

In his third full season in the majors, people thought that Boston Red Sox OF Jacoby Ellsbury was emerging as a perennial MVP candidate. While he always had a plus glove, plus speed, and a good OBP, his 2011 season […]

The Reinvented Colorado Rockies SP Jorge de la Rosa

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Having not pitched over 75 innings in a season since 2010 due to injuries, Colorado Rockies SP Jorge de la Rosa has enjoyed success in 2013 with a new approach. De la Rosa had historically struggled with walks, having 7.75 […]

Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla Ready To Breakout

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

  Though a 33.6% strikeout rate and a .191 batting average do not often draw praise, Atlanta Braves 2B Dan Uggla has had more value than those numbers would indicate. Many respect his power, but few realize how much more […]

Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks Has Room To Improve

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  With an over 6-1 career strikeout to walk rate – including an over 8-1 rate in 2013 – Boston Red Sox 3B Will Middlebrooks makes his quest for a respectable on base percentage even more difficult. Walking just around […]

Boston Red Sox: The New John Lackey

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

  Base runners lead directly to runs. Pitchers that put on or allow many base runners to reach will naturally give up more runs over the course of 200 innings. As Boston Red Sox SP John Lackey has cut his […]

Colorado Rockies’ Rex Brothers Off To Unsustainable Start

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  Pitchers generally develop certain skills with experience in the major leagues. For some pitchers, the manifests itself in the decrease of walks – like Adam Wainwright – or continually exceeding beyond their peripherals – like Matt Cain. For Colorado […]

Detroit Tigers SP Rick Porcello Changing Speeds

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The top four starters in the Detroit Tigers’ rotation – Justin Verlander, Anibal Sanchez, Doug Fister and Max Scherzer – all have better FIP than ERA. This is generally because the Tigers’ defense, notably in the infield, is well below […]

Detroit Tigers SS Jhonny Peralta Enjoying Good Fortune

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Though I am certainly not a believer in the myth of lineup protection, the Detroit Tigers would be the example people would like to use. Batting around Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, other hitters like Torii Hunter and Jhonny Peralta […]

Oakland Athletics 3B Josh Donaldson Benefiting From Strong Plate Discipline

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Oakland Athletics 3B Josh Donaldson has been the topic of much discussion and statistical analysis. With a breakout offensively thus far, many are discussing if Donaldson is likely to sustain this level of success. While there are some true improvements […]

Oakland Athletics Are Perfect Fit For Grant Balfour

Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

  Due to the “Money Ball” phenomenon, many associate a certain stigma with the Oakland Athletics. Though not the most conventionally talented bunch, the team creates a situation where each player’s contributions add the maximum amount of value. As they […]