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09-27

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What You Need to Know: Dee Gordon and the Marlins Honor Jose Fernandez
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Daniel Rathman

09-20

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What You Need to Know: The Best Bullpens Are the Ones You Don't Need
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Daniel Rathman

09-14

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What You Need to Know: The Ownage That Won The West
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Daniel Rathman

09-06

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What You Need to Know: Freak Out About Brian Dozier!
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Daniel Rathman

09-02

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In The Air Every Night
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Daniel Rathman

08-30

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What You Need to Know: Werth Is Back, For the Thousandth Time
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Daniel Rathman

08-23

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What You Need to Know: Homer Story
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Daniel Rathman

08-16

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What You Need to Know: Green Light, Now Begin
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Daniel Rathman

08-09

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What You Need to Know: Can't Stop, Won't Stop
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Daniel Rathman

08-02

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What You Need to Know: Soft-Tossin' Salazar
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Daniel Rathman

07-26

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What You Need to Know: Give 'em Hell
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Daniel Rathman

07-20

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What You Need to Know: Fret No More
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Daniel Rathman

07-05

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What You Need to Know: Oh, That Fernando Rodney
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Daniel Rathman

06-28

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What You Need to Know: A Five-Hit Night Unlike Any Other
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Daniel Rathman

06-21

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What You Need to Know: Eight Solo Shots!
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Daniel Rathman

06-14

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What You Need to Know: Near-Max Effort
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Daniel Rathman

06-07

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What You Need to Know: James Paxton's 101s
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Daniel Rathman

05-31

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What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey!
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Daniel Rathman

05-27

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What You Need to Know: Would You Believe It, A New Strikeout Record
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Daniel Rathman

05-17

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What You Need to Know: Jose Berrios: Not An Instant Ace
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Daniel Rathman

05-10

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What You Need to Know: Sonny Gray's Short-Lived Mound Shuffle
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Daniel Rathman

05-03

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What You Need to Know: Nomar Mazara Makes Five Of Us Look Smart
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Daniel Rathman

04-26

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What You Need to Know: Chris Archer Says Goodbye To All That
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Daniel Rathman

04-19

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What You Need to Know: Let's Roll It Up
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Daniel Rathman

04-12

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What You Need to Know: The Year Of The Botched Infield Fly
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Daniel Rathman

04-05

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What You Need to Know: Picking Up Where They Left Off
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Daniel Rathman

03-29

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Rumor Roundup: The Two Most Exciting Fifth Starters Named
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Daniel Rathman

03-22

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Rumor Roundup: Dodgers Consider Their Options, e.g. Zach Lee
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Daniel Rathman

03-15

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Rumor Roundup: Keon Broxton, Front and Center
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Daniel Rathman

03-09

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Rumor Roundup: Sorry, Missed Jackson
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Daniel Rathman

03-02

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Rumor Roundup: Arroyo's Hopes Alive, If Nats Can't Find A Better Man
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Daniel Rathman

02-24

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Rumor Roundup: The Sultriest Fifth-Starter Showdown?
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Daniel Rathman

02-17

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Rumor Roundup: Cotts' Contracts
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Daniel Rathman

02-09

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Rumor Roundup: The Next Two Cubans
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Daniel Rathman

02-02

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Rumor Roundup: Staying in Searage
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Daniel Rathman

01-26

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Rumor Roundup: The Josh Reddick Extension Conversation
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Daniel Rathman

01-19

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Rumor Roundup: Diamondbacks Will Make Pollock Prove It
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Daniel Rathman

01-13

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Rumor Roundup: There Were Four In the Bed and the Little One Said...
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Daniel Rathman

01-05

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Rumor Roundup: The Slow Burn Of Ian Desmond's Free Agency
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Daniel Rathman

12-29

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Rumor Roundup: Yo Back to Motown?
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Daniel Rathman

12-22

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Rumor Roundup: On the Dodgers' No. 2 Starter
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Daniel Rathman

12-16

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Prospectus Feature: The New Dominican Dandy?
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Daniel Rathman

12-15

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Rumor Roundup: Rumors About Melancon Aboil
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Daniel Rathman

12-07

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Rumor Roundup: You Can Never Have Enough Pitching Rumors
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Daniel Rathman

12-01

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Rumor Roundup: Cueto Aims Higher
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Daniel Rathman

11-23

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Rumor Roundup: What a Lovely O'Day
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Daniel Rathman

11-16

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Rumor Roundup: Is Yovani Gallardo Worth the 13th Pick?
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Daniel Rathman

11-09

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Rumor Roundup: Wait 'Til Next Year
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Daniel Rathman

10-05

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What You Need to Know: Fin
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Ian Frazer and Daniel Rathman

10-01

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What You Need to Know: Cardinals Clinch; Cardinals Are Doomed?
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Daniel Rathman

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The maddeningly inconsistent closer had his first meltdown of the year. Meanwhile, the Brewers batted out of order and Lance McCullers dominated for real.

The Monday Takeaway
The Marlins were ahead 6-0 after they batted in the first half of the fourth inning yesterday. Matt Harvey had been roughed up for 11 hits and six runs (five earned) without completing the fourth. Miami starter Tom Koehler had driven in a run with a base hit. And Harvey’s own throwing error had compounded the home team’s woes before Terry Collins finally decided that enough was enough.


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Kris Bryant makes major-league history, Noah Syndergaard scuffles amid rumors of elbow trouble, and much more from a busy Monday.

The Monday Takeaway

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The low-scoring slugfest between 1993's hottest expansion teams, and more from Monday's action.

The Monday Takeaway
The Rockies and Marlins combined to hit eight home runs yesterday. Let’s have a look at—and note something significant about—each of them.


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Scherzer threatens another signature start, the Dodgers dip toward .500, and Whit Merrifield is a thing.

The Monday Takeaway
Few pitchers are as unhittable at their best as Max Scherzer is. The right-hander’s 20-strikeout game earlier this year can attest to that. And for a while on Monday, it seemed as though Scherzer might duplicate that effort against a Cubs lineup that looked helpless at the plate.

Scherzer struck out the side in the first, two more in the second, and another trio in the third. With his high-80s breaker darting expertly at lefties’ back feet,


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Paxton and Bauer duel, Tyler Chatwood keeps getting outs, and Jose Altuve is everything.

The Monday Takeaway
Before Monday, there had been two instances of starting pitchers recording double-digit strikeouts while dueling each other this season. The first, Max Scherzer and Noah Syndergaard on May 17th in Queens, we might’ve seen coming. The second, Scott Kazmir and Dan Straily on May 26th in Cincinnati, not so much. On the surface, the third such battle of the year, featuring Trevor Bauer and James Paxton in Seattle last night, would’ve fallen into the latter category. But upon closer review, perhaps it wasn’t as unlikely as it seemed.

Paxton, who was recalled from the minors on June 1st when Felix Hernandez went on the disabled list, returned to Seattle with a new arm slot and newfound giddyup on his fastball:


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The Mets erstwhile ace gets back on track, the Braves are on a bona fide not-cold streak, and Wood beats Wood.

The Monday Takeaway
It’s been rocky sledding for Matt Harvey in recent weeks, especially his last three starts, when opponents hit the right-hander hard and often, to the tune of 27 hits—four of them homers—in 13 1/3 innings. That wouldn’t do on Memorial Day, not with Jose Quintana continuing a breakout season that’s seen him emerge as one of baseball’s elite left-handed starters. And to the great thrill of the fans in attendance at Citi Field, the Matt Harvey they’ve come to know and love returned and proved up to the task.


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The Astros strike out a slew to set one record, Fernandez whiffs a bunch to tie a franchise mark, and Jackie Bradley is back to being a regular guy.

The Thursday Takeaway
With the power-packed but whiff-happy Astros and Orioles squaring off this week, strikeouts were sure to be a-plenty at Minute Maid. Suffice it to say that the Astros’ arms held up their end of the bargain.

After Houston struck out 19 Baltimore batters in the opener and 18 more in the middle match, Lance McCullers took it upon himself to bring his team into record territory. The right-hander was effectively wild Thursday,


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It was a disaster for the Twins pitcher, just like down the road it was a disaster for the Blue Jays pitcher, J.A. Happ.

The Monday Takeaway
There were eight major-league games played yesterday, and half of them featured a team scoring double-digit runs. Only one of them chased the opposing starter in the first inning, though, and that same team’s skipper was gone by the fourth. That’s ample reason to begin this recap in Detroit, where there was a whole lot offense accompanied by a whole lot of ugly on Monday night.

Jose Berrios took the hill in the last of the first and figured, “Ah, I’ll just groove a fastball for strike one.” Little did he know that Ian Kinsler was locked, loaded, and ready to fire:


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The A's ace adjusts but struggles again, the Yankees hit bombs, Corey Kluber bombs, and the best Bad-Braves Fun Fact we heard yesterday.

The Monday Takeaway
When this season began, Sonny Gray was Sonny Gray. Seven innings of one-run work on Opening Day paved the way for three more quality efforts, amounting to a 2.73 ERA four starts into his 2016 campaign. Then, on April 27th, the Tigers sent Gray to the showers after just two-plus innings. And while the right-hander bounced back to log seven innings six days later, the Mariners tagged him for 11 hits and seven runs during his time on the hill.


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Adam Wainwright is a exit-velo monster at the dish, Dallas Keuchel loses a streak, and Lorenzo Cain has a tough night.

The Monday Takeaway
For those who sought to go out on a limb with their World Series picks this spring, the Rangers represented an alluring dark horse. They were so alluring, in fact, that, at least in this neck of the woods, the horse in question wasn’t dark at all. Five BP’ers, including yours truly, pegged Texas to go all the way in 2016, giving Jeff Banister’s club more backing than any other except the Cubs.

The Rangers had plenty going for them as a tempting pennant pick. They’d have a full season of Cole Hamels. They sported a breakout candidate in Rougned Odor. They’d added a cheap, high-upside bat in Ian Desmond near the end of the offseason. And, beyond all that, the injury-ravaged 2015 outfit had managed to win 88 games and the American League West. But, while I can’t speak for my colleagues, the determining factor behind my preseason vote was the potential for internal reinforcements to greatly bolster the roster midyear.


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The Rays ace was back, for a night. Meanwhile: Noah Syndergaard, Taijuan Walker, Francisco Lindor, and more from Monday.

The Monday Takeaway
Chris Archer woke up Monday with as many losses as he had starts, and the blame for most of them laid on the right-hander, a popular preseason Cy Young Award pick, considering his alarm clock rang with his ERA at 7.32. The strikeouts were there—29 of them in 19 1/3 innings—but they were joined by 11 walks, and 30 hits, and six home runs.


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The Red Sox coax five double-play balls and still find a way to lose, Carlos Rodon comes unglued, Jake Lamb saves the D'backs' bacon, and more.

The Monday Takeaway

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