FanGraphs | Jake Mailhot: Liam Hendricks has gone from DFA to Opener in the wild card game to All Star, all in a year. He’s accomplished this with a combination with a faster fastball which he locates higher in the zone, a breaking ball with more spin, and a canny ability to generate whiffs.
Lady Science | Anna Reser: It is considered passé for historians to subscribe to Great Men of History theory, which ascribes advances in historical trends and advancements to the accomplishments of individuals. Baseball and analytics is no exception, where players and analysts are put on a pedestal for their advances in the sport. No player typifies this better than Trevor Bauer, who has received glowing profile after glowing profile, which completely eschew his nefarious activities online.
Baseball Prospectus | Rob Mains ($): Unfortunately for us, the All Star Game means more than it did for people in the past. When people only had the game of the week to catch another team on TV and there was no interleague play, this was it other than the World Series. When you throw out the This Time It Counts and add in how we basically watch all of the teams all the time, it’s become “just” a fun exhibition and tradition. That’s fine for me.