SaberSphere 7/10: No-Hitters, Bartolo Colon & Biogenesis Suspensions

Joe Robbins

Are no-hitters being celebrated because fans always have or should we reevaluate what makes up an exciting performance? Is it time to respect Bartolo Colon and the A's? And Biogenesis suspensions may be looming for over 20 players. All this and more in Wednesday's SaberSphere!

Are we celebrating no-hitters because it's an antique tradition or should we reevaluate what's considered a dominating performance? Bartolo Colon barely strikes anyone out, practically has one pitch and is 40 years old but still has an ERA under 2.70. Is it time to respect his performance? Biogenesis suspensions are looming and some players may have a rather stressful All-Star break wondering about potential bans handed down by the MLB. Here's a collection of the best articles that you may have missed around the SaberSphere!

Previously on Beyond the Box Score

Around the Sabersphere

  • Time to respect Bartolo Colon and the Oakland Athletics by David Schoenfield | ESPN SweetSpot
    Bartolo Colon is 40 years old, listed at 265 pounds and is the sole Oakland representative at the All-Star game. Now with a 2.69 ERA and the second lowest walk rate in the league, David Schoenfield suggests that we should take Colon seriously by illustrating his dominating approach against left handed batters.

  • Jonathan Papelbon: Buyer Beware by Paul Swydan | FanGraphs Baseball
    The Phillies signed Cinco-Ocho to the largest deal for a reliever in 2011 and he has performed as expected, saving 88% of his appearances through 2012 and half of 2013. Now that the Phillies are looking to be sellers this offseason, there doesn't seem to be much need for a overpaid top tier closer. But is Papelbon still elite? Paul Swydan writes that buyers should be wary of trading for him due to declining velocity. His pitch selection and location haven't altered and he's still missing a decent amount of bats but he isn't putting away batters like he once was.

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