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August 22, 2014

Premium Article Painting the Black: A Marlins Fastball, A Twins Approach

by R.J. Anderson

Henderson Alvarez is unlike anything in baseball, and it's working.

August 15, 2014

Premium Article Painting the Black: Danny Duffy's Bestie

by R.J. Anderson

How much of Danny Duffy's breakout season can be traced to James Shields?

August 8, 2014

Painting the Black: Seven Days with Oscar

by R.J. Anderson

The Cardinals' brightest young hitter has taken off since his competition for playing time was traded. Is it real, and what does it look like?

July 24, 2014

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Selling-the-Closer Myth

by R.J. Anderson

It's not so easy to bamboozle teams looking for summer relief.

July 17, 2014

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Stealth Steals

by R.J. Anderson

Reviewing the transactions we didn't write about but, in retrospect, wish we had.

July 10, 2014

Premium Article Painting the Black: Book Review: The Art of Scouting

by R.J. Anderson

The highlights from Art Stewart's and Sam Mellinger's new book.

June 30, 2014

Painting the Black: The Trade Deadline Preview

by R.J. Anderson

The Buyers, the Sellers, the players who'll move, and one unacknowledged opportunity to snark about Omar Minaya.

June 25, 2014

Premium Article Painting the Black: Red Sox Playing Badly, Playing Bradley

by R.J. Anderson

With the Red Sox in a mire, their rookie center fielder's present is up in the air.

June 16, 2014

Premium Article Painting the Black: Lessons of a Bad Basestealer

by R.J. Anderson

Who is Dee Gordon's opposite, and what can he teach us about the complexities of taking 90 feet?

June 4, 2014

Painting the Black: How to Slow Down Dee Gordon

by R.J. Anderson

What happens when the best baserunner in the game meets the best pickoff artist? The rest of the league gets a lesson.

May 27, 2014

Painting the Black: Rebuilding a Right Way

by R.J. Anderson

The Athletics' latest zig has been as unexpected in the current baseball landscape as it has been impressive.

May 20, 2014

Premium Article Painting the Black: The Werth-Case Outcome

by R.J. Anderson

Jayson Werth hasn't been, as predicted, the worst signing of the 2010 offseason. Does he have a case for being the best?

May 16, 2014

Premium Article Painting the Black: Bullish on Dozier

by R.J. Anderson

Where did the breakout version of Brian Dozier come from?

May 9, 2014

Premium Article Painting the Black: Go Fix Yourself, San Diego

by R.J. Anderson

The Padres' offense is startingly bad. Who'll take the fall?

May 7, 2014

Painting the Black: Rites of Springer

by R.J. Anderson

The Astros' slugging prospect is not slugging at all. Is it a phase, or does Springer have fatal attributes?

May 2, 2014

Premium Article Painting the Black: A Trip Through the NL West

by R.J. Anderson

Walt Weiss' bunts, Tim Hudson's longevity, Robbie Erlin's future and Trevor Cahill's present are on R.J.'s mind.

April 29, 2014

Painting the Black: Singles Falling Steady

by R.J. Anderson

Zack Wheeler's early-season BABIP problem.

April 23, 2014

Painting the Black: Some Things Brewing

by R.J. Anderson

Milwaukee is the surprise of the spring. A look at what has made them interesting.

April 18, 2014

Premium Article Painting the Black: Super Twoing

by R.J. Anderson

What can be done to stop the roster monkeying?

April 14, 2014

Painting the Black: Portents for the Imports of Importance

by R.J. Anderson

Looking at the fast starts of Jose Abreu and Masahiro Tanaka to see what we can expect moving forward.

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