Player Profiles

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Matt Davidson destined to be a bust?

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Top prospect Matt Davidson struggled mightily in 2014, hitting a paltry .199/.283/.362 en route to posting a 77wRC+. So what does his future look like?

Analyzing Travis Ishikawa's walk-off home run

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Travis Ishikawa went from thinking about retirement to postseason hero with one swing of the bat.

The long, winding road for Lorenzo Cain

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If you think the Royals weren't supposed to be here, Lorenzo Cain REALLY wasn't supposed to be here. Yet, here we are.

Let's watch Trevor Bauer employ effective velocity

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The most notable pitcher committed to an effective velocity based approach, let's examine the specifics of a few of his recent sequences through the lens of effective velocity.

Million dollar arm: Joe Thatcher

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Joe Thatcher has the closest thing to a million dollar arm, going into the 2015 season. So what does that actually mean?

Orioles do well by extending J.J. Hardy

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One of the game's best shortstops will remain in Baltimore on a reasonable contract for the next three years.

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Matt Carpenter: Unlikely "unlikely playoff hero"

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Matt Carpenter doesn't exactly fit the mould of an "unlikely playoff hero", but what he accomplished in the NLDS wasn't what you'd expect.

Leonys Martin's cannon in center

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Don't let his up-the-middle position fool you: The Texas center fielder will make you pay if you try to run on him.

The Bleak Futures of Singleton and Baez

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Both Jon Singleton and Javier Baez struggled mightily during their debuts in 2014, posting wRC+ totals of 79 of 51, respectively, with massive contact issues. Are those struggles too much to overcome?

Ground balls and the baseball life cycle

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As players move through each stage of their respective careers, their batted ball outcomes often change. For the players below, the increase in the amount of grounders hit in 2014 might be the...

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Justin Turner: Super utility starter?

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Justin Turner gave the Dodgers a great partial season. Did he earn more playing time?

Eric Stults should abandon his curveball

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Eric Stults' curveball is worthless. Why is he still throwing it?

Breaking down Victor Martinez's ALDS strikeouts

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How have the Orioles managed to strike out Victor Martinez three times in their first two playoff games?

Edinson Volquez and ineffective high heat

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The hanging curveball to Brandon Crawford wasn't the only reason why Volquez came up short in the Wild Card Game.

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Jarrod Dyson: Pinch runner extraordinaire

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On Tuesday night Jarrod Dyson stole one of the biggest bases in recent memory and he was the perfect man for the job.

The forgotten contributors: NL

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Those players on the newly-christened playoff teams who might be forgotten.

The forgotten contributors: AL

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Those players on the newly-christened playoff teams who might be forgotten.

Zach Britton: The master of ground balls

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Zach Britton went from an inferior starting pitcher, to a supreme closer who has mastered the art of getting ground balls.

Mike Fiers and the value of sabermetrics

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His 2013 nightmare fully behind him, the Milwaukee righty has returned to greatness in 2014. But could he have avoided the whole ordeal to begin with? And what role did traditional stats play in it?

Chris Tillman, playoff ace?

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The Orioles' ALDS Game One starter doesn't have the name recognition of some other top arms in October, but that doesn't mean he can't be just the guy the O's need.

Paul Konerko's greatest hits

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Paul Konerko spent 16 years in a White Sox uniform -- these are his most important hits with them.

The man, the myth, the mystery: Colby Rasmus

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Colby Rasmus recently gave a really interesting interview reflecting on his 2014 season. Here we look into some critical components of Rasmus' play for this season and last.

Andrew Miller was a great trade for Baltimore

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The lefty reliever has been incredible since he came to the Beltway.

Glen Perkins and his barking elbow

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Glen Perkins has been shut down for the rest of the season due to a forearm strain and nerve irritation. We discuss what structures played a role in his injury and how it affected his pitching.

Anthony Rizzo for MVP in 2015

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After a lackluster season in 2013, Anthony Rizzo has rebounded tremendously and has become one of baseball's best hitters. Could he win the MVP award in 2015?

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McCarthy and Peavy have become different pitchers

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Since being traded in July, Brandon McCarthy and Jake Peavy have altered their approach on the mound, leading to different pitch selection and better results.

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