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07-23

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Raising Aces: Warm It Up, Chris
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Doug Thorburn

07-16

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Raising Aces: Passing of the Cy
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Doug Thorburn

07-09

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Raising Aces: Fastballs Are Secondary
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07-02

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Raising Aces: Week 13 Pitching Notes
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Doug Thorburn

06-25

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Raising Aces: Command and Conquer
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Doug Thorburn

06-18

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Raising Aces: The Speed At Which Things Change
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Doug Thorburn

06-14

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Raising Aces: The Top 2016 Draft Arms, Pt 2
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Doug Thorburn

06-13

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Raising Aces: The Top 2016 Draft Arms, Pt 1
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Doug Thorburn

06-11

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Raising Aces: Two Very Different Greinke Masterpieces
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Doug Thorburn

06-04

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Raising Aces: Instant Gratification
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Doug Thorburn

05-31

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Julio Urias
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05-28

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Raising Aces: Miracle Matz
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Doug Thorburn

05-27

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Raising Aces: Digging Under The Gun
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Doug Thorburn

05-23

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Raising Aces: Today's Velo Losers
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Doug Thorburn

05-21

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Raising Aces: Shades of Gray
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Doug Thorburn

05-14

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Raising Aces: Why Max Scherzer?
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Doug Thorburn

05-13

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Raising Aces: The Velo Movers, One Year Later
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Doug Thorburn

05-10

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Raising Aces: David Price Is Disconnected
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Doug Thorburn

05-04

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Raising Aces: Outstanding Arms from Week Four
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Doug Thorburn

04-29

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Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Jose Berrios
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Doug Thorburn

04-26

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Raising Aces: Pre-Surgery Strasburg Is Finally Back
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Doug Thorburn

04-25

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Raising Aces: Postmortem: Chris Archer
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Doug Thorburn

04-19

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Raising Aces: Outstanding Arms from Week Two
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Doug Thorburn

04-15

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Raising Aces: The Frightening Reality of the Modern Pitcher
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Doug Thorburn

04-12

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Raising Aces: Outstanding Arms from Week One
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Doug Thorburn

04-08

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Raising Aces: Postmortem: Zack Greinke and Tyson Ross
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Doug Thorburn

04-06

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Raising Aces: Out On A Limb
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Doug Thorburn

03-25

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Raising Aces: Two Trains: Jeurys Familia and Jake McGee
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03-23

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Raising Aces: Two Trains: Sonny Gray and Jordan Zimmermann
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Doug Thorburn

03-11

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Raising Aces: Two Trains: Dallas Keuchel and Felix Hernandez
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03-07

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Raising Aces: Two Trains: Raisel Iglesias and Taijuan Walker
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Doug Thorburn

02-26

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Yovani Gallardo
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Doug Thorburn

02-16

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Mat Latos
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02-01

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Doug Fister
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01-20

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Ian Kennedy
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01-14

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Wei-Yin Chen
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01-11

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Kenta Maeda
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01-05

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Scott Kazmir
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12-24

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Mike Leake
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12-16

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Johnny Cueto
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12-09

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Jeff Samardzija and Hisashi Iwakuma
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12-08

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Zack Greinke and John Lackey
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12-04

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: David Price
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Doug Thorburn

12-02

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Raising Aces: Free Agent Roulette: Jordan Zimmermann
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Doug Thorburn

11-25

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Raising Aces: Under the Gun 4.0, Part 2
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Doug Thorburn

11-20

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Raising Aces: Under the Gun 4.0
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Doug Thorburn

11-12

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Raising Aces: Position Players Pitching, Part 2
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Doug Thorburn

11-06

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Raising Aces: Position Players Pitching, Part 1
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Doug Thorburn

10-30

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Raising Aces: Syndergaard vs Ventura: Hot Hot Heat
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10-20

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Raising Aces: Dickey vs Young: The Unlikely Matchup
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Notable pitching performances this week from Chris Archer, Chris Tillman and Mike Leake.

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Notable starts this week from Stephen Strasburg, Dallas Keuchel and Anthony DeSclafani

It’s a short week in the sense of taking notes, as the extended All-Star break left me with just a couple of days that bookended the time off from regular baseball. There was still plenty of intrigue, from one man’s quest for hardware to another man’s attempts to justify hardware already won, as well as a staff ace who missed the first couple months of the season. Let’s get to the notes.

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Notable pitching performances this week from Drew Pomeranz, Jake Arrieta and MIchael Fulmer.

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Insight on a strong Cleveland starter, a struggling Cardinals reliever and an enigmatic pitcher in the Bronx.

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Notable performances this week from Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber and Wei-Yin Chen.

There’s no time to waste, as the commander has ordered double-time for this week’s pitching notes. Permission to come aboard.

Corey Kluber
Kluber has been going through this rigmarole for a year and a half. Perhaps he was fortunate to string together so many dominant starts during his Cy-winning campaign of 2014, but Kluber continues to confound, with a glaring tendency toward disaster starts throughout the past two seasons. The peripherals far surpass the ERA numbers—he has a K/BB ratio of 5.2 over the past season and a half but just a 3.52 ERA to show for his work—and his excellent stuff combined with A-grade mechanics provide a steady basis for command and consistency. Yet he gets bombarded by hits and runs every few starts, and his past two turns serve as exhibits 1A and 1B.


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Notable pitching performances this year from Chris Sale, Matt Shoemaker and CC Sabathia.

Chris Sale
Sale altered his approach this season, aiming for more efficient at-bats by trimming the strikeouts and gunning for weak contact early in the count. Everything was going swimmingly for the first two months of his new style. Sale posted a 1.58 ERA through his first nine starts with just 39 hits allowed and a modest 62 strikeouts against 10 walks in 68 1/3 innings, while averaging a robust 7.6 innings per turn, including three complete games. He then coughed up six runs in just 3 1/3 frames against the Indians, and though he has exceeded six innings in each of the four starts since, he has also given up three or more runs in each of his last three turns.




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June 14, 2016 6:00 am

Raising Aces: The Top 2016 Draft Arms, Pt 2

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Three prep arms and a TJ recoveree make up the next crop of pitchers taken in last week's draft.

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Ian Anderson, Riley Pint and A.J. Puk went first among arms last Thursday. How do they grade out?

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Standout pitching performances this week, including Zack Greinke, Francisco Liriano and Adam Wainwright.

The past week to 10 days has seen a return to past glory for a pair of veteran right-handed, with both Zack Greinke and Adam Wainwright providing optimism that their respective seasons can be salvaged. A veteran southpaw has not been so lucky, and though Francisco Liriano’s last two starts came in week nine of the season (he was skipped this past week), he is scheduled to pitch today and all eyes will be on his performance and any potential adjustments that he makes.

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Standout performances this week from Yu Darvish, Carlos Martinez and Aaron Nola.

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The box score won't tell you this, but Julio Urias justified the hype in his debut.

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The Mets have another ace on their hands, while the Astros' fireballers show both promise and risk.

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