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Measuring Vlad Jr’s breakout against Vlad Sr’s

In an Ohtani-less world, Vladito is the MVP, but how does his breakout measure up against his old man’s own coming out party?

Triston McKenzie had arrived just before his departure

Shoulder fatigue be damned, Triston McKenzie was the breakout star of the second half of 2021.

LaMonte Wade Jr. reinvented himself

LWJ added power without losing discipline.

Bryan Reynolds has quietly returned to form

A small glimmer of hope in an otherwise lost year for Pittsburgh. Again.

Touki Toussaint appears to be figuring it out

Surging Atlanta is getting plenty of help from one of their young, but volatile, arms.

The logistics of moving Fernando Tatis, Jr. to the outfield

While it wouldn’t be unprecedented, a potential move to the outfield could make the Padres’ lineup construction very murky.

For Lewis Brinson, patience pays off

Brinson has been red-hot since the All-Star break.

Jonathan India may be the best second baseman in baseball

After a slow start to his rookie campaign, the Reds’ second baseman is not only the front runner for NL Rookie of the Year, but might be the best second baseman in the game.

What are the Dodgers going to do with David Price?

They have essentially turned him into a $30 million swing man.

Is Harrison Bader’s offensive breakout real?

The glove-first centerfielder is experiencing easily his best season at the plate.

Cody Bellinger is lost

Bellinger has been below average the last two calendar years.

Where has Christian Yelich’s power gone?

Despite Milwaukee running away with the division title, their star outfielder hasn’t been the same player in 2021.

Introducing the Kumar Rocker Society

The Mets got the steal of the 2021 draft.

Carlos Correa is at the top of his game

He could not have chosen a more perfect time to play the best baseball of his career

Steven Duggar’s emergence gives the Giants good problems

Duggar survived a roster crunch thanks to his excellent play. Can he keep it up?

Cavan Biggio struggling to keep up with the legacies

Of the three prominent second-generation ballplayers in Toronto, it’s Biggio that is having trouble living up to his pops.

Willy Adames is emerging as a top tier shortstop

The Brewers shortstop has increased his offensive production since being traded to Milwaukee

Kenley Jansen is both better and worse than ever

Jansen has added velocity and spin at the expense of knowing where the hell the ball is going.

Jacob deGrom is throwing a lot more fastballs and it’s working

The two-time Cy Young Award winner has made a change, but not the type of change you might expect

Deivi García can crack Yankees rotation

With the injury to Corey Kluber, Deivi García just needs to keep the walks under control to get a starting job.

Tim Anderson is defying statistical reason

As exciting as he is, the numbers tell us that the White Sox shortstop should be...nowhere near this good. But he is!

Richard Rodríguez is simplifying and thriving

Rodríguez has a tremendous slider that he hasn’t needed to throw.

Madison Bumgarner is not washed

After being one of the worst pitchers in the majors, Bumgarner is looking like his old self.

Is Carson Kelly’s offensive emergence real?

The Arizona backstop has been one of the league’s best hitters to start the year, but how much of it is sustainable?

Dylan Cease is making the right adjustments

The hard throwing White Sox pitcher is finally looking like the pitcher we thought he was

Michael Kopech is breaking out, regardless of role

Even with a lack of clarity over his short-term future, Kopech is realizing his upside as a dangerous arm for the Chicago White Sox.

Freddy Peralta is showing he’s a starter

Fastball Freddy is riding a slider to success.

Griffin Canning is going to be fine

The Angels young righty has been extremely unlucky to start the season.

Evan Longoria is absolutely crushing baseballs

The Giants third baseman has recaptured his youth with some good numbers so far in 2021. Is it small sample size theater, or indicative of a longer trend?

Jed Lowrie is playing like the last two years didn’t happen

Jed Lowrie’s journey back to the field was difficult, but he hasn’t missed a beat.

Luis Castillo is somehow the Reds’ worse starter

The Reds have had to win without contributions from their ace.

Vladimir Guerrero Jr. has arrived

The first two years of Vlad Jr.’s career were decent but disappointing. Now, he’s making up for lost time.

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