Player Profiles

Jake Odorizzi is pretty good

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Jake Odorizzi, the lesser piece in the James Shields-Wil Myers trade, is coming into his own.

One more thing Mike Trout is the best at...

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Yes, you know that Mike Trout is the best. Don't you want to know one more reason why?

Finally recognizing Daniel Murphy

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The All-Star game is a good time to recognize unsung heroes. Let's give Daniel Murphy his due.

Clayton Kershaw's Scoreless Inning Streak

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Putting Clayton Kershaw's scoreless innings streak in perspective among his peers.

Alfredo Simon isn't good, just lucky

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Alfredo Simon has been a pleasant first-half surprise for the Cincinnati Reds. His performance is just that, though--surprising.

Albert Pujols and the cut fastball

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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

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

Two shades of Edinson Volquez

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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

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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.

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Using Inside Edge data to evaluate Miguel Cabrera

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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

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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

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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.

Steve Pearce is on fire

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Nelson Cruz and Adam Jones are having fantastic season in the Orioles outfield. 31 year-old Steve Pearce is flying under the radar. The journeyman has made a big difference for the AL East leading...

Clayton Kershaw, very pleasant bully

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By all accounts, Clayton Kershaw is a wonderful human being. For some reason, opposing hitters don't agree.

NL Final Vote: Rizzo or Rendon

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Both Anthony Rendon and Anthony Rizzo were relegated to the National League's Final Vote for the All-Star Game this year. Now, I'm forced to pick one Anthony.

Dexter Fowler and intercostal muscle strains

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A core muscle group fundamental to the mechanics of numerous baseball activities as well as breathing, intercostal muscle strains can be devastating to a player's performance.

Sabermetric Minute: Yan Gomes

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Managing Editor Bryan Grosnick tries to make the case for Yan Gomes as the deserving starter at catcher for the AL in this year's All-Star Game. In video format, no less.

Kyle Lohse is the king of consistency

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It wasn't always flowers and rainbows for Kyle Lohse, as his first 10 seasons in the Majors were a nightmare. But now, with the help of former Cardinals' pitching coach Dave Duncan, Lohse has...

What's up with Josh Donaldson?

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The A's slugger is having another strong season, but had a hiccup in June.

Chris Davis isn't crushing like it's 2013

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After setting the baseball world ablaze with a magnificent 2013 season, Chris Davis has fallen back to earth in 2014. The lesson to be learned? Projections systems are pretty good.

How has Jesse Hahn been successful so far in MLB?

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Jesse Hahn is a guy who's thrown less than 200 innings in the minors, but that didn't stop the Padres from calling him up and thrusting him into the starting rotation. How has he been successful in...

Giancarlo Stanton isn't lucky, just good

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At first glance, Giancarlo Stanton's video-game numbers this season might appear to be the result of some fortuitous bounces. However, he's not been as lucky as one might think.

Have the Cubs fixed Jake Arrieta?

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The Cubs may have found themselves a dependable starter for the long-term, and he is already pitching—and excelling—in the major leagues.

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