David Wright is an absolute beast. Despite the ridiculous lineup construction and the fact that Joe Torre made Ben Zobrist the DH instead of, you know, any position on the field, the USA team beat Puerto Rico (also technically USA but whatever) last night, led by Wright's hot streak during the WBC. They take on the Dominican Republic on Thursday.
Previously on Beyond the Box Score
Hidden Value Within Slash Lines by Lee Trocinski | Beyond the Box Score
We all use slash lines to summarize hitters, but do they leave out important aspects of a player's offensive performance?
2013 Team Previews: Seattle Mariners by Steven Loftus | Beyond the Box Score
It's a tough road to the playoffs for the Seattle Mariners this year, but do they have a shot at contending?
Can SABR Save the Gold Glove Awards? by Ben Horrow | Beyond the Box Score
SABR is teaming up with Rawlings to create a new defensive metric. Will it improve the Gold Glove Award?
Will Roy Halladay Be An Ace Again In 2013? by Mike Mulvenna | Beyond the Box Score
Halladay was just roughed up in his outing yesterday, but could he return to his previous elite performance in 2013?
SABR Analytics Conference: Day 2 Recap by Matt Hunter | Beyond the Box Score
I recap day 2 of the SABR conference, featuring Stan Kasten, a GM panel, Bill James, and more.
Around the Sabersphere
An Examination of Rick Porcello’s Strikeouts by Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphs Baseball
Rick Porcello has never quite reached his top prospect expectations. Could his spring performance be a sign of good things to come from the young Tigers starter?
Nick Castellanos and the Tigers’ closer by Jeff Moore | The Hardball Times
Should the Tigers trade Nick Castellanos? And if so, what could they get in return?
Overthinking It: The Not-So-Secret Sabermetrics of Marketing by Ben Lindbergh | Baseball Prospectus
Ben gives a great summary and response to an interesting presentation by a member of the Indians' Marketing department at the SABR Analytics conference last weekend.
Around SB Nation
Cuba's Alfredo Despaigne: The best reason to watch the WBC is gone by Grant Brisbee | Baseball Nation
Is Alfredo Despaigne the next Yoenis Cespedes? Now that Cuba is eliminated, we don't know (not that we would have known anyway).
Lookout Landed by Jeff Sullivan | Lookout Landing
I find that Jeff's non-baseball articles are often his most captivating, even when he's not really talking about anything. Yesterday he said goodbye to Lookout Landing.