Player Profiles

Albert Pujols and the cut fastball

14

Has the cutter been one of the bigger reasons for Pujols' struggle over the last four seasons?

Tyson Ross dares you to try and hit his slider

7

Tyson Ross has been the most difficult pitcher to hit in baseball.

Two shades of Edinson Volquez

1

By certain metrics, Edinson Volquez has been much better in 2014 than he was in 2013. And, by other metrics, he's essentially been the same player he was a year ago. Let's investigate.

Starlin Castro: Pulling himself back together

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Starlin Castro was just named to his third All-Star team. What has he done to get back on track after a miserable 2013?

Casey McGehee and defining clutch

5

Casey McGehee, who spent the 2013 season refining his skills in Japan, is having a surprisingly productive season. What you may not know is that he is the most clutch player in baseball.

Using Inside Edge data to evaluate Miguel Cabrera

3

Miguel Cabrera isn't a great defensive third baseman, but he isn't terrible either. What can we learn about his defense from the Inside Edge data?

Todd Frazier and Smashing Expectations

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In contrast to preseason expectations, Todd Frazier has been MLB’s best third baseman in 2014, and his output this season compares favorably to the production of some of baseball’s elite third...

Josh Beckett's hip impingement injury

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Due to the large amount of axial and torsional force put upon the hip joint in the act of pitching, the femoroacetabular (hip) impingement injury sustained by Josh Beckett is not an uncommon one.

Hisashi Iwakuma's spectacular splitter

1

The Seattle righty has taken his game to the next level in 2014, behind modifications to his pitch selection motivated by shifted preferences. But can he improve further?

Trade deadline landing spots for Jonathan Papelbon

10

With the Phillies in the cellar and Jonathan Papelbon pitching lights out, teams in need of a reliable closer may be able to snag themselves a reasonably-priced option.

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