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Swinging vs. Called First Strikes

Inspired by a reader comment, we investigate whether hitters who swing and miss at the first pitch do better than those who take a called first strike.

What does the essence of average look like?

We often reflect on the best seasons in baseball history, but what about the most average?

Gio Gonzalez and his curve

Gio Gonzalez proves how a pitch can evolve over time and still be effective.

Right field: Skill position?

MLB teams have not treated right field as a skill position akin to "up the middle" positions. But should they?

Baseball bumslayers

What's more vital to team success, winning at home or beating inferior opponents?

Smoking aces? Tobacco use and UCL re-tears

There are myriad potential causes of a re-tear of the ulnar collateral ligament. Could tobacco use play a role in why some players suffer a re-tear sooner than others?

2014 Team Previews: St. Louis Cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals suffered a bitter defeat in the 2013 World Series, but that hasn't stopped them from building a contender in 2014. Can the Cardinals match expectations?

How do hitters fare swinging 3-0?

How often do hitters swing on 3-0, and what results do they get?

Manny Machado is the next Mike Trout

Why Machado is the most likely of a deep pool of young superstars to strike it big with his club.

Bullpen workhorses

Using 70 innings pitched each of the last four years without any starts as our filter, who are the most turned-to bullpen arms?

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