Logan Morrison’s Return Should Mark Improvement For Miami Marlins

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According to fWAR, there are seven teams that have gotten negative value from their first basemen this season. The Miami Marlins rank fourth worst. While Greg Dobbs and occasionally Nick Green have unsuccessfully manned first base, the Marlins hope that […]

Tampa Bay Rays OF Wil Myers To Be Promoted Soon

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When the Kansas City Royals traded OF Wil Myers to the Tampa Bay Rays this offseason, one of the biggest criticisms of the trade on the Royals’ end was that Myers is better than their current right field options. Myers […]

Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole Impresses in Debut

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As the first overall pick in the 2011 draft, much was made of Pittsburgh Pirates SP Gerrit Cole’s major league debut on Tuesday night. After striking out leadoff hitter Gregor Blanco with three pitches at or over 96 mph, Cole […]

Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton Turning Around

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Atlanta Braves OF B.J. Upton endured highly publicized struggles in the early season. As his brother and new teammate Justin Upton got off to an extremely hot start, B.J. struggled in equally massive proportions. With a .143/.225/.275 April and .147/.237/.206 […]

Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander Should Not Be An All-Star

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Though every fifth day Detroit Tigers SP Justin Verlander garners as much respect and attention as any starter in baseball, he has not performed to an All-Star level thus far in 2013. Averaging a shade over six innings per start […]

Texas Rangers SS Elvis Andrus’ Slow Start Warrants Concern

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Replacement level at shortstop in baseball is currently obscenely low. The lack of elite talent at the position is as palatable as ever. Manny Machado could be an elite shortstop, though he’s playing third base. Jurickson Profar was the top […]

Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen Is Likely All-Star Snub

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Ranking fifth among National League outfielders in WAR, Pittsburgh Pirates OF Andrew McCutchen’s performance has warranted another All-Star selection. A budding superstar coming off of an MVP-level season in 2012, McCutchen has dramatically improved his base-running and defense. With 14 […]

National League Boasts Elite Young Pitchers

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The All-Star game faces a constant imbalance. Besides the World Series, it is baseball’s best marketing venue. With millions more viewers for the July exhibition than for any other single game, baseball uses the opportunity to market their best and […]

Atlanta Braves Must Solve Rotation Dilemma

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In a chat on Fangraphs.com recently, Dan Szymborski was asked if he thought there was “any chance that Julio Teheran loses his rotation spot still after his recent run?” He responded with a concise “no.” With Brandon Beachy’s return imminent, […]

Baltimore Orioles’ Manny Machado Ready to be AL’s Best Shortstop

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Looking quickly at All Star ballots and voting leaders, some positions have unbelievable depth. American League first base has Chris Davis and Prince Fielder. Second base has Robinson Cano and Dustin Pedroia, forgetting injured Ian Kinsler. Third base has MVP […]

Texas Rangers SP Derek Holland Is Very Deserving Of All Star Selection

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The Texas Rangers will easily have multiple All Stars. Yu Darvish and Adrian Beltre are relatively certain selections, while Elvis Andrus and Joe Nathan are also highly likely selections. However, their most deserving player is very likely to be overlooked […]

Underappreciated St. Louis Cardinals 2B Matt Carpenter Deserves All Star Consideration

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Discussions of most overrated and most underrated players are often cosmetic in nature, as good players tend to gain the most recognition. Relative notoriety is difficult to gauge, though we can evaluate when a player of significant talent gains little […]