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Is Jose Bautista Currently Baseball's Best Earthly Hitter? | Baseball Nation
He's having a HUGE 2011. We've got eight months of data, spread over three seasons, that tells us Bautista is simply not the same hitter he used to be.
Trendspotting: FIP and ERA Battle For Planet Earth | DRaysBay
A look at linear trends of FIP and ERA.
What’s Wrong with Francisco Liriano? | Fangraphs
Opposing batters have been more reluctant to offer at Liriano’s pitches this season; particularly outside of the strike zone. When batters are swinging at those pitches, they are making contact with more frequency as well.
Josh Johnson Best Modern Day Era Pitcher in April | Fish Stripes
Josh Johnson has the fewest April hits allowed in the modern era.
Brian McCann’s Power | Capitol Avenue Club
His home run per fly ball rate is currently 8.3%, which is significantly lower than his career mark of 11.9%. He has not been lower than 12.0% in HR/FB since 2007, so applying the rules of regression should mean additional homers are to be expected going forward.
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Are the Indians For Real? | Fangraphs
t’s not just wins and losses, either. The Indians have the best run differential in baseball (+47) and they’re second in the majors in team WAR (+10.5), trailing only the offensive juggernaut in St. Louis.
April's Outside Power Hitters | Baseball Analytics Blog
April's top 15 power hitters on outside pitches
Jason Vargas' Key to More Groundballs | Lookout Landing
With the Mariners, Vargas had an established ground ball rate around 36% previously. Vargas had success as the prototypical flyballing lefty in Safeco Field, but an improved ground ball rate indicates progress away from being so park-dependent.
Trade Candidate: Wilson Betemit | MLB Trade Rumors
Betemit is a free agent after 2011 and, unlike Moustakas, he isn't a long-term solution for K.C. Perhaps the Royals could flip him for a player who will contribute to their next great team.
The Anti Ethier: Raul Ibanez in range of setting dubious record | Big League Stew
Raul Ibanez has gone 34 straight at-bats without a hit.