This past weekend brought us some solid work from the crack team here at BtBS once again. Ben takes a look at the best players from each team, Mike breaks down Derek Holland's dominance, and of course the most recent addition of the BtBS pod with Blake and Bryan is here.
Previously on Beyond the Box Score
MLB Teams' Best Players, and Value Added - By Ben Horrow - Beyond the Box Score
Ben takes a look at the MVP on offense and on the mound for each team in baseball as we near the midway point. It's pretty cool to be able to see the overall fWAR of a team on offense or pitching versus their top performer.
Derek Holland develops his slider, throws a 'Maddux' and continues dominance - By Mike Mulvenna - Beyond the Box Score
Of all the players in baseball that is worth a follow on Twitter I have to say that the 'Dutch Oven' is one of my favorites. He's a really funny guy who seems to have finally turned the corner and cashed in on all that potential.
BtBS Podcast #68: Skunked - With Blakey Murphy and Bryan Grosnick - Beyond the Box Score
Have you listened to the BtBS podcast yet? If you haven't then you definitely need to check it out. It's always a good time with these guys as they get you up to date on some of the more interesting aspects of the game and their weird stat of the day is a must hear.
Around the Sabersphere
Two-homer day brings Chris Davis to 30 — and select company | By Jay Jaffe | The Strike Zone - SI.com
Jay takes a look at where Chris Davis stands after he slugged his way to 30 home runs on Saturday night (he hit another Sunday night and is now at 31 on the year). The record for most home runs before the All-Star break is 39 home runs, held by Barry Bonds in 2001. Just sayin'...
Pittsburgh Pirates first MLB team to 50 wins, but they're no fluke - By Christina Kahrl - ESPN SweetSpot
The Pirates have been getting plenty of attention lately and it's certainly well deserved. Christina talks about how the Buccos are no fluke and that we should expect them to continue to win.
Breaking Down the Futures Game Hitting Prospects | By Marc Hulet | FanGraphs Baseball
If you're interested in checking out the Futures Game then you need to read this break down Marc put together of the players participating. I'll be watching just to see what Miguel Sano can do with the bat.
Around SB Nation
Orioles trade rumors: Bud Norris, Matt Garza among possibilities - By Chris Cotillo - MLB Daily Dish
I love the time leading up to the trade deadline. We get these rumors and rumors of rumors and it's all great fun to read and follow up on. Chris really knows the way to my heart by hooking us up with some solid trade rumors involving the Baltimore Orioles.
Five notes after watching every Yasiel Puig hit - By Grant Brisbee - Baseball Nation
So Grant does something he is pretty well versed in; exploring the ins and outs of things. In this case he explores what makes Yasiel Puig very, very good right now and I can't help but wonder if he has a picture of him hanging up over his bed.
Cuban free agent Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez could sign for $60 million - By Marc Normandin - Over the Monster
Miguel Alfredo Gonzalez is the top free agent currently on the market, seriously. He's 26 years old and is looking at a hefty contract once he's cleared to sign one. Marc takes a look at the Boston Red Sox as possible suitors to the young RHP.
Hurdle: "There are people that are never going to believe" - By David Manel - Bucs Dugout
Clint Hurdle, manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is 100% correct in saying that some people are just never going to believe in his team. Don't worry Clint, I believe in your team and it's quite the accomplishment that your Buccos were the first team to win 50 games this year.