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The Best Third Baseman of all Time? | Fangraphs
Very recently, Alex Rodriguez passed Mike Schmidt in career WAR; meaning you could make the argument that A-Rod is now the best third baseman of all time.
The Most Disappointing Prospects of All Time, Part 4 | Baseball Prospectus
We resume the series that made Matt Wieters famous with six more players, including another present-day selection.
Zack Greinke Starting To Turn Process Into Results | Disciples of Uecker
Despite his relative success over his last three starts — 20 IP, 3.15 ERA, 22 K, 5 BB, 1 HR — we still haven’t seen anywhere near what he’s capable of.
The new and improved Vazquez? | Marlin Maniac
Vazquez is clearly getting more missed bats in his last few games than he was before. Can it all be the improved fastball velocity, or is there another factor?
Rubby and Dee Hit the Big Time | Mike Scioscia's Tragic Illness
Tonight in Philadelphia, Rubby De La Rosa will make his first MLB start. (As Joe Block notes, it’ll be just his 24th professional start since arriving in America.) Dee Gordon will likely make his first start at shortstop, though that’s not confirmed yet.
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Don’t Bring In the Lefty for Kelly Johnson | Fangraphs
At a .382 wOBA against lefties since 2009, Johnson has fared better against same-handed pitching than noted batsmen Hanley Ramirez, Alex Rodriguez, Dustin Pedroia, and Adrian Beltre — and they all hit right-handed.
Chase Utley Isn’t Back… Yet | Crashburn Alley
It has been clear thus far that Utley is still trying to shake off the rust. Hopefully his performance yesterday is an indication of better things to come, but we have learned that the steadfast second baseman is, in fact, human.
An Early Look at Home & Road Splits | DRaysBay
A look at how each team is hitting and pitching at their home park compared to on the road.
Disabled List Updates: Hanley Ramirez, Juan Uribe, Matt Garza | MLB Daily Dish
Several players recently came off the DL.
Lincecum: On pace for all-time greatness? | ESPN SweetSpot Blog
In his fifth season, he already has 995 strikeouts and can become just the eighth pitcher since 1900 to record 1,000 strikeouts in his first five seasons.