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Analyzing Gerrit Cole's dominant September

Gerrit Cole dominated in September, but here's the big question: How did Cole breeze through the regular season's final month? Let's dig in.

Contrasts in closing

In a role dominated by big fastballs, two closers make their living using a secondary pitch as their primary method of getting hitters out.

Kevin Gausman; Linchpin

Is a Kevin Gausman breakout the key to the Orioles' ability to contend in 2014?

Pitch-Type and the Times Through the Order Penalty

The times through the order penalty is a real effect that gives batters a significant advantage over starting pitchers during the pitcher's third time through the order. Does this depend on the pitches a pitcher has in his arsenal?

A look at a forgotten free agent: Ervin Santana

Ervin Santana hasn't gotten much press lately, but there's reason to believe he can be a solid pitcher for a new team. His adoption of the sinker makes him a ground ball threat who can pitch effectively whether ahead or behind in the count.

The Best Low and Away Pull-Field Homerun Hitters

Tremendous pull power is something we all marvel at, but who's been the best at pulling tough pitches out of the yard since 2008?

Which pitchers give up the most home runs and why?

Although home run rates are essential random from season-to-season across baseball, some pitchers are particularly home run-prone. Why is that, and how can we identify them?

Sonny Gray: Why He'll be an Ace for Oakland

PITCHf/x shows why Oakland may have found themselves an ace in Sonny Gray. Taking a deep look at Gray's pitch usage, release points, and pitch mix allows us to see why the young pitcher was so successful in 2013, and could be an ace in the making.

C.C. Sabathia and giving up the long ball

C.C. Sabathia had one of the worst seasons of his career in 2013, giving up a boatload of home runs along the way. Will Sabathia cure his long-ball troubles in 2014 and bounce back in the process? Or is he a mediocre starter moving forward?

A.J. Burnett's Career-Saving Sinker

The New York Yankees basically paid the Pittsburgh Pirates to take on A.J. Burnett after three awful seasons in the Bronx. Then came Burnett's sinker, and from there, the rest was history.

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