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06-24

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What You Need to Know: Why Do Bad Things Happen To Good Teams?
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Nicolas Stellini

06-23

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What You Need to Know: Yankees/Rockies 2: The Beltran Rises
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Demetrius Bell

06-22

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What You Need to Know: How Could They Be So Bartless?
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Emma Baccellieri

06-21

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

06-20

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What You Need to Know: Big Time Timmy Jim Is Back, Big Time
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Ashley Varela

06-17

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What You Need to Know: The Improbable Frequently Fails To Happen
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Emma Baccellieri

06-16

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What You Need to Know: 4,257*
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Demetrius Bell

06-15

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What You Need to Know: Don't Ever Get Used to Coors Field
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Nicolas Stellini

06-14

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

06-13

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What You Need to Know: Nothing Left to Do But Win
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Ashley Varela

06-10

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What You Need to Know: What Is A Catch, And What Does It Matter?
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Emma Baccellieri

06-09

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What You Need to Know: Bad Braves Snap Pitiful Streak
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Demetrius Bell

06-08

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What You Need to Know: Tough Guys Tough
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Nicolas Stellini

06-07

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

06-06

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What You Need to Know: It Won't Always Be Like This
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Ashley Varela

06-03

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What You Need to Know: Don't Know What the Hurry Is
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Nicolas Stellini

06-02

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What You Need to Know: Baseball Easy
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Demetrius Bell

06-01

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What You Need to Know: The Catcher Who Threw 96 In A Blowout
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Emma Baccellieri

05-31

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

05-30

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What You Need to Know: Yu is Back; Baseball Better
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Ashley Varela

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

05-26

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What You Need to Know: Jake Arrieta, Imperfect
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Demetrius Bell

05-25

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What You Need to Know: Chris Sale, Imperfect
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Emma Baccellieri

05-24

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What You Need to Know: About That Kershaw Walk...
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Nicolas Stellini

05-23

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What You Need to Know: Matt Cain's Campaign To Get His 2018 Option Picked Up Wins the Weekend
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Ashley Varela

05-20

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What You Need to Know: So This Is Matt Harvey?
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Nicolas Stellini

05-19

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What You Need to Know: You Could Wake Up Tomorrow to the Phillies in First Place
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Demetrius Bell

05-18

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What You Need to Know: We Can Beat Rizzo, For Just One Day
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Emma Baccellieri

05-17

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

05-16

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What You Need to Know: Papi Endings
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Ashley Varela

05-13

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What You Need to Know: 77 Strikeouts, 4 Walks
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Emma Baccellieri

05-12

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What You Need to Know: Max Scherzer Is Our Greatest Active Historic-Start Pitcher
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Demetrius Bell

05-11

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What You Need to Know: I Have Seen The Royals, And That Team Last Night Was Not The Royals
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Nicolas Stellini

05-10

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

05-09

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What You Need to Know: The One With All the Home Runs
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Ashley Varela

05-06

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What You Need to Know: Yankees Find a New Way to Lose
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Emma Baccellieri

05-05

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What You Need to Know: Cubs Ace Test, Now Face Test
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Demetrius Bell

05-04

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What You Need to Know: Not Tonight, Sweet Papelbon, Not Tonight
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Nicolas Stellini

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

05-02

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What You Need to Know: Zimmermann Dealin'
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Ashley Varela

04-29

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What You Need to Know: Meet the Phillies
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Nicolas Stellini

04-28

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What You Need to Know: The Braves Might Not Have a Floor
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Demetrius Bell

04-27

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What You Need to Know: David Price is a True Red Sox
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Emma Baccellieri

04-26

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

04-25

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What You Need to Know: FernandoMaedaia?
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Ashley Varela

04-22

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What You Need to Know: Arrieta's Masterpiece, Kershaw's Accident
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Nicolas Stellini

04-21

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What You Need to Know: Raisel Iglesias' Deus Ex Machina
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Demetrius Bell

04-20

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What You Need to Know: Early-Season Perfections Fall Apart
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Emma Baccellieri

04-19

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

04-18

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What You Need to Know: Psst: Jake Arrieta Has A 0.91 ERA Over His Past 169 Innings
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Ashley Varela

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Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura take swings, Adam Duvall takes bigger swings, and Julio Urias finally does okay.

The Tuesday Takeaway
Trying to come up with a lede for a section about Tuesday night’s fracas between Manny Machado and Yordano Ventura is like trying to herd angry wolverines. Any attempt at humor will fall flat. What’s important is that what happened in Baltimore was stupid. Flat-out stupid.


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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 Diamondbacks hand Jake Arrieta his first recorded loss, Jose Fernandez pitches his way into the history books, and Clayton Kershaw’s worst outing is still pretty good.

The Weekend Takeaway
We all knew it was coming sooner or later: Jake Arrieta exited Wrigley Field Sunday afternoon without a win for the first time since July 2015.


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Julio Urias gets hit again, Zack Greinke is basically back, and the Padres out-do themselves.

The Thursday Takeaway
Statistically, you’re unlikely to be a nuclear physicist. There are certainly some of you that are nuclear physicists, but almost assuredly, the average reader of this columnist is unlikely to currently be a nuclear physicist. It’s substantially more likely, however, that there are many physics majors reading this. Yet, of course, a physics major doesn’t make one a nuclear physicist.


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Matt Albers delivers the big double. Meanwhile... the rest of baseball stops what it's doing to consider Matt Albers delivering the big double.

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Bethancourt livens up a lousy day, the Cubs lose behind Arrieta, and Mookie gets... three homers.

The Tuesday Takeaway
James Shields added another chapter to a sadly long story of soul-crushing outings Tuesday—his fifth career game with 10 or more runs allowed, tying him for the most of any pitcher since 1940, as BP author Aaron Gleeman pointed out on Twitter. The first and second innings began by following the same pattern, with Shields getting two quick outs to start each one before falling apart as he let walks and singles pile up. At the end of the second, though, the pattern broke, as Kyle Seager introduced the first piece of power to the game with a three-run homer, and things only went downhill from there.


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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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Yu Darvish returns in full force, the Royals stage an unlikely comeback, and the Mariners embarrass themselves on the basepaths in new and creative ways.

The Weekend Takeaway
It only took 659 days, but Yu Darvish is back where he belongs: striking out the league’s best hitters and taking names. The 29-year-old returned to the major-league stage on Saturday afternoon, where he pitched for the first time since August 9, 2014, in front of a sellout crowd in Arlington, Texas.


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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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The Cubs ace loses one incredible streak but keeps another alive, while Corey Kluber and Nomar Mazara put on shows.

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The White Sox ace finally gets hit, while Matt Harvey continues to get hit and Jackie Bradley continues to get hits.

The Tuesday Takeaway
In his first nine starts, Chris Sale has been brilliant at best and close to it at worst. In his tenth start, though, he was far from either.

Sale entered Tuesday following back-to-back complete games, with just one run allowed in each and no walks in either. Against the Indians, he was at first business as usual—five strikeouts through his first eight outs, scoreless. But with two outs in the third, he started missing his spots, and Cleveland took full advantage. It began with something Sale hadn’t allowed in his last 26 innings at that point: a walk, thanks to a slider that was a bit all over the place and a Jose Ramirez who refused to fall for it.


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Clayton Kershaw is peaking, Pujols hits a sort of a milestone, and the Cubs are slumping, relatively speaking.

The Monday Takeaway
The Warriors are actually bad at basketball, as they take too many jump shots and don’t have a strong enough game in the post. Their once-in-a-lifetime shooter is overrated, and their records mean nothing in the face of grit and Russell Westbrook.


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