Player Profiles

Alex Wood: Atlanta's annoyingly secret weapon

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The young left-hander has been Atlanta's best starting pitcher this year, but no one else seems to know. How has he achieved his success?

Starlin Castro: Error on the basepaths?

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Starlin Castro made two big base running mistakes in the past week. Is this representative of how he runs the bases?

What's happened to Justin Masterson?

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Justin Masterson went from an All-Star and a contract extension candidate, to a struggling below-average pitcher.

Ubaldo Jimenez, ineffectively wild

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Due to his drop in fastball velocity, ineffective breaking pitches, and worse-than-usual control, Jimenez has not been the pitcher the Orioles had hoped to sign.

Wade Miley's junior-year improvements

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In his third full season in the show, the Arizona southpaw might have turned the corner. This doesn't compensate for the team's horrid 2014, but it could mean that he'll help them in the future.

Aroldis Chapman just isn't fair

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Aroldis Chapman has always been an elite reliever, but in 2014 he's taken it to another level.

How to get a hit off Clayton Kershaw

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Clayton Kershaw is MLB's best pitcher, but there's a way to approach at bats against him that will help you get a hit off the Dodgers' ace. Here's a guide to approaching an at bat against him.

Jake Odorizzi is not who he used to be

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The Rays right-hander is a far different—and better—pitcher than the one who debuted for Tampa Bay last season.

Detailing Ryan Braun's hand injury

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Milwaukee slugger Ryan Braun has been battling a nerve injury in his hand, sapping him of much of his prodigious power this season. In this article, we will detail the anatomy involved and their...

Is Giancarlo Stanton the best hitter in baseball?

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Nobody hits a baseball quite like Giancarlo.

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Jorge Soler: Next in long line of Cubs prospects

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Another week, another Cubs prospect is brought up to the majors. This week's selection is Jorge Soler.

The most extreme release points in baseball

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The highest, the lowest, the farthest right, and the farthest left release points in the game.

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The completely predictable Yoenis Cespedes

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You may think you know about the slugger, but there's one part of his game that you've probably missed.

Bullpen bright spots in Philadelphia

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The Phillies haven't had much go well for them this season, but two bullpen arms might be saving their future.

Your guide to Clayton Kershaw's insane 2014 season

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In which I explain: why Kershaw's 2014 is unprecedented for him; how it's unprecedented for anyone; and how he's done it.

Wily Peralta and his improved fastball

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Last season was a disaster for Wily Peralta's fastball. But in 2014, it's been his most effective pitch.

Edwin Jackson: A Cub lost in the woods

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Is Edwin Jackson salvageable?

CarGo, Garrett Richards & patellofemoral injury

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We discuss some of the biomechanical and anatomical factors behind patellofemoral injury as well as long term effects on performance.

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Jose Molina's legendary power outage

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Jose Molina isn't just wielding a powerless bat, he's wielding a historically powerless bat.

Adam Ottavino: Succeeding in Denver

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Since transitioning into a high-leverage role, Ottavino has seen his once-filthy slider decline in effectiveness — but he's still dominant where most relievers fear to tread.

James Russell, righty killer?

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James Russell appears to have reverse platoon splits this season. Here we look for a change in his approach that may be driving this and consider how much weight should the Braves put on it when...

Signs of life in the desert

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Despite a nearly lifeless season in Arizona, two players have unexpectedly stood out over the last two months.

Billy Hamilton: The need for speed

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As a speed guy, how often does Billy Hamilton use his speed tools? More often than you think.

Gio Gonzalez effective velocity follow up

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An analysis of Gio Gonzalez viewed through the lens of effective velocity.

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Adam Jones and the MVP award

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There has been a lot of discussion recently about the possibility of Adam Jones winning the Most Valuable Player award. But while he's having a good season, even a top 10 finish might be a stretch.

Mike Dunn makes pitcher wins cool again

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We're long past the point of taking pitcher wins seriously as a measure of value. But as a measure of wonder, we might be witnessing the greatest season ever.

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