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The Best and Worst Curveballs of 2013

More fun with z-scores, as the best and worst pitch of 2013 series rolls on. Now, we turn our attention to curveballs.

An alternative to Jeff Samardzija

Jeff Samardzija is being mentioned in a lot of trade rumors However, there may be a more easily attainable alternative who looks pretty similar to the Shark. Lance Lynn is his name, and the Cardinals righthander might be getting overlooked.

First and worst: Changeups of 2013

Continuing our series of best and worst pitches of the season, we now look at changeups with the help of linear weights, PITCHf/x data, and a little ingenuity.

Josh Johnson: The newest San Diego Padre

A look at the newest member of the San Diego Padres, Josh Johnson

First and worst: Sliders of 2013

Continuing our series of best and worst pitches of the season, we now look at sliders with the help of linear weights and PITCHf/x data.

An Ace Rejuvenated

Jon Lester proved himself to be a frontline starter in the season's second half and during the World Series. But given how recently the left-hander looked to be a pitcher in decline, what is he actually worth on the open market?

First and worst: Four seam fastballs of 2013

The four seam fastball dominates the pitching landscape and the pitcher's arsenal. Whose heater came first and whose brought up the rear? Let's find out, with the help of linear weights and PITCHf/x data.

The art of the strikeout: Darvish vs. Guthrie

What is the difference between the best and worst pitchers in MLB at striking guys out? For Yu Darvish and Jeremy Guthrie, there are a few factors. The most important of which is ability to miss bats. Learn how Darvish does it, and why Guthrie can't.

Joe Kelly, velocity, and strikeout rate

Many have considered the connection between strikeout rate and fastball velocity, but Joe Kelly's prominence this October causes us to pause and reconsider.

World Series preview: Joe Kelly vs. Jake Peavy

With the series knotted at one to one, the Cardinals and Red Sox head to St. Louis for three games. The DH is gone, and for game three youngster Joe Kelly will face veteran Jake Peavy.

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