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05-22

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What You Need to Know: Bummed!
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Daniel Rathman

05-21

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What You Need to Know: Ump Show!
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Daniel Rathman

05-20

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What You Need to Know: As Predicted!
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Daniel Rathman

05-19

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What You Need to Know: Corey Math
by
Chris Mosch

05-18

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What You Need to Know: 8 2/3
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Steven Jacobson

05-14

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What You Need to Know: Thwarted!
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Steven Jacobson

05-13

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What You Need to Know: Hello Noah
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Chris Mosch

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Bombered!
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Daniel Rathman

05-11

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What You Need to Know: Bryce Harder!
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Ian Frazer

05-08

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What You Need to Know: Smoked!
by
Daniel Rathman

05-07

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What You Need to Know: Thrice Harper!
by
Chris Mosch

05-06

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What You Need to Know: No Way
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Daniel Rathman

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Undefeated
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Chris Mosch

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Jake!
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Ian Frazer

05-01

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What You Need to Know: Sold!
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Chris Mosch

04-30

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What You Need to Know: Silence!
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Daniel Rathman

04-29

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What You Need to Know: HIS NAME IS... !
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Daniel Rathman

04-28

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What You Need to Know: Gee!
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Chris Mosch

04-27

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What You Need to Know: Nuts To Strasburg!
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Ian Frazer

04-24

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What You Need to Know: Shenanigans!
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Daniel Rathman

04-23

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What You Need to Know: Baseball on Ice!
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Chris Mosch

04-22

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What You Need to Know: Ike!
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Daniel Rathman

04-21

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What You Need to Know: April 21, 2015
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Chris Mosch

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Fiiiiiiiiiiight!
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Ian Frazer

04-17

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What You Need to Know: April 17, 2015
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Chris Mosch

04-16

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What You Need to Know: Canoooooooooooo!
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Daniel Rathman

04-15

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What You Need to Know: Matt Harvey's 'Weird' Return
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Daniel Rathman

04-14

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What You Need to Know: April 14, 2015
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Chris Mosch

04-13

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What You Need to Know: April 13, 2015
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Ian Frazer

04-10

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What You Need to Know: Definitely Harvey
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Chris Mosch

04-09

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What You Need to Know: Yo, Adrian
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Daniel Rathman

04-08

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What You Need to Know: A Shift in Colorado
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Chris Mosch

04-07

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What You Need to Know: Baseball Happened, Will Continue To Happen
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Daniel Rathman

09-29

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What You Need to Know: September 29, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-26

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What You Need to Know: September 26, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-25

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What You Need to Know: September 25, 2014
by
Chris Mosch

09-24

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What You Need to Know: September 24, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-23

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What You Need to Know: September 23, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-22

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What You Need to Know: September 22, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-19

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What You Need to Know: September 19, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-18

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What You Need to Know: September 18, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-17

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What You Need to Know: September 17, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-16

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What You Need to Know: September 16, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-15

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What You Need to Know: September 15, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-12

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What You Need to Know: September 12, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-11

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What You Need to Know: September 11, 2014
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Chris Mosch

09-10

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What You Need to Know: September 10, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-09

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What You Need to Know: September 9, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-08

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What You Need to Know: Sept. 8, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

09-05

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What You Need to Know: September 5, 2014
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Daniel Rathman

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May 22, 2015 9:50 am

What You Need to Know: Bummed!

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Daniel Rathman

DeGrom DeGrominates, the surprisingly good Tigers' bullpen is unsurprisingly bad, Bumgarner beats Kershaw again, and the best defensive play of the day.

The Thursday Takeaway
When Jacob deGrom served up three home runs to the Yankees on April 24th, then gave up five runs in 5 1/3 innings to the Mets six days later, some wondered if regression or an injury was afoot. A rollercoaster first month isn’t what prognosticators expected from deGrom after his outstanding rookie campaign, but it’s what they got. And so, the cries of “The Yankees broke deGrom!” rang out and wouldn’t die, not even after he struck out nine Orioles in seven innings on May 6th.


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May 21, 2015 11:55 am

What You Need to Know: Ump Show!

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Daniel Rathman

The Giants beat the Dodgers again, Bryce Harper gets ejected again, Bartolo Colon struggled with command agai--er, for the first time in a while, and the best defensive play of the day.

The Wednesday Takeaway

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May 20, 2015 5:06 am

What You Need to Know: As Predicted!

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Daniel Rathman

The Nationals find first place, Randy Choate reaches first base, the Brewers go back-to-back-to-back, and the best defensive play of the day.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Hope springs eternal when teams break camp and head to their respective openers with 0-0 records. Every team, from the heaviest favorites to the longest of long shots, is in first place on the first day of the season.


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May 19, 2015 1:41 am

What You Need to Know: Corey Math

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Chris Mosch

Kluber, fresh off an 18-K performance, strikes out a dozen; pitchers duels turn into bullpen games, Carlos Gomez bounces back from a pitch to the face, and the best defensive play of the day.

The Monday Takeaway
The last time Corey Kluber took the hill he nearly made history. The Indians ace had 18 strikeouts heading into the ninth inning of last Wednesday’s game against the Cardinals but was pulled after 113 pitches without getting the chance to break the single-game strikeout record. So naturally, Kluber struck out the first five White Sox who took their hacks on Monday.


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May 18, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: 8 2/3

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Steven Jacobson

Shelby Miller almost made it, the Cubs keep surging, Michael Pineda's follow-up sucked, and the best defensive play of the weekend.

The Weekend Takeaway
On May 10th, the Cubs had just lost 3-2 to the lowly Brewers, and stood with a 45 percent chance at the playoffs; entering Friday’s contest against the Bucs, they were the winners of five straight and had jacked their playoff odds to 59 percent. In contrast, the Pirates came into Friday having dropped their last two to the Phillies and saw their playoff odds sink by 13 points to 24 percent since the beginning of May.


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May 14, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Thwarted!

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Steven Jacobson

History will not remember Corey Kluber, alas. Also: The A's good bad good back luck, Bryce Harper gets a different kind of hot, and the best defensive play of the day.

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May 13, 2015 10:17 am

What You Need to Know: Hello Noah

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Chris Mosch

Noah Syndergaard loses to an ace; Giancarlo Stanton has a jack; Strasburg flops; and the best defensive play of the day.

The Tuesday Takeaway
The debut of Noah Syndergaard was highly anticipated largely because the 6-foot-6 right-hander has the type of pedigree that gives him the potential to be one of the better pitchers in baseball down the road. However, Syndergaard is also 22 years old and is far from a finished product, so it shouldn’t be too surprising that the hard-throwing Texan ran into some issues against a talented Cubs lineup on Tuesday. It also shouldn’t come as a surprise that the guy opposite Syndergaard, Jake Arrieta, one-upped the rookie and pitched like a polished front-of-the-rotation starter, given that it’s pretty much what he’s been for the past year.


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May 12, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Bombered!

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Daniel Rathman

Everybody homered. Literally, everybody. Congratulations on your homer.

The Monday Takeaway
For the first month and change of the 2015 season, Carlos Beltran looked every bit of 38, the age he turned on April 24th, two days before his third straight 0-fer sent his OPS plunging below .500. Playing in over 2,000 major-league games had taken a toll on the switch-hitter’s bat speed, and hitting quality fastballs was no longer a picnic, by Beltran’s own admission.


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May 11, 2015 10:00 am

What You Need to Know: Bryce Harder!

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Ian Frazer

The Nationals star is hitting everything harder, the A's are fumbling around, the Pirates/Cardinals rivalry continues, and the best defensive play of the weekend is a goshdarned magic trick.

The Weekend Takeaway

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May 8, 2015 9:43 am

What You Need to Know: Smoked!

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Daniel Rathman

Grandal burns Fiers, Hosmer clubs Kluber, ARod spills Tillman, Astros pave Street, plus the best defensive play of the day.

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May 7, 2015 9:41 am

What You Need to Know: Thrice Harper!

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Chris Mosch

Bryce goes yard, and yard, and yard again; Scherzer and Stanton have an epic showdown; Aroldis throws his changeup; and the TWO best defensive plays of the day.

The Wednesday Takeaway
It’s not as if Bryce Harper needed to prove himself to anybody. The 22-year-old entered Wednesday’s game against the Marlins the owner of a .294 True Average over 1,610 plate appearances, all while being younger than many of the game’s top prospects—Kris Bryant, Joc Pederson, Jorge Soler, and so on. And yes, the fun fact that he has yet to face a pitcher younger than him at any professional level still holds true.


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May 6, 2015 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: No Way

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Daniel Rathman

An exquisitely timed Tweet for the Angels, a bit of history from Bartolo Colon, and the best defensive play of the day.

The Tuesday Takeaway

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