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April 30, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: Walked By an Angel

by Geoff Young

Angels pitchers are having an extremely difficult time locating the strike zone this year, and some of their star sluggers aren't hitting.

April 23, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: The Rockies and Dodgers Have Swapped Scripts

by Geoff Young

The Rockies have gotten off to a surprisingly quick start this season, while the Dodgers have looked sluggish. Why?

April 16, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: The Continuing Development of Dexter Fowler

by Geoff Young

Last year, it looked like Dexter Fowler had become more of a power hitter, but then he tailed off. Is this year's hot start proof he has honed his skills?

April 9, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: Xavier Cedeno's Not-So-Excellent Adventure

by Geoff Young

Xavier Cedeno recently joined a not-quite-exclusive club that no pitcher wants to be a part of.

April 2, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: Lines in a Larger Song

by Geoff Young

Opening Day brings new beginnings and reminders of our past that come together to play a single tune.

March 27, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: The Reluctant Optimism of Spring

by Geoff Young

No teams are out of the running in spring training, and gaudy stats provide optimism for what the season may bring.

March 19, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: Pieces of Peoria

by Geoff Young

Spring training is an excellent time to lose sleep, catch up with friends, make your broadcasting debut, and see which players have good bodies.

March 12, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: Rime of the '83 Mariners

by Geoff Young

It's the 30th anniversary of the 1983 Mariners. The good news: The 2013 Mariners shouldn't be as bad. We think.

March 5, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: Different Ballparks, Same Problem

by Geoff Young

Don't expect the Rockies and Padres to compete in the NL West with their current rotation options.

February 26, 2013

Western Front: Even Writers Need Spring Training

by Geoff Young

Players are supposed to arrive at spring training in the best shape of their lives, but writers sometimes need a bit longer to awake from their winter slumber.

February 19, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: San Diego High School Baseball at the Turn of the Millennium

by Geoff Young

San Diego has a rich baseball tradition, and many big-league stars have roots in Southern California.

February 12, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: Three Former Astros

by Geoff Young

The Astros aren't great now, but once upon a time, Jimmy Wynn, Jose Cruz, and Cesar Cedeno made them look respectable. Also, a look at what would have been written in BP Annuals of the '60s and '70s.

February 4, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: They Took Their Turn

by Geoff Young

Is a starting rotation in which all five pitchers make at least 30 starts the hallmark of a championship-caliber team?

January 29, 2013

Western Front: Pass the Bonds, Please

by Geoff Young

Barry Bonds' career walk totals are mind-boggling, but they're even more so when you look between the numbers.

January 22, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: Pacific Surfliner

by Geoff Young

A trip along the coast brings to mind many ballplayers who have called SoCal home, and serves as a reminder that Anaheim is not in Los Angeles.

January 15, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: Zeroes and Ones

by Geoff Young

Those men who have received zero or one vote on Hall of Fame ballots get one more chance to crack an All-Star team.

January 8, 2013

Premium Article Western Front: What Will Become of Neftali Feliz?

by Geoff Young

What can history tell us about Neftali Feliz's potential career trajectory?

December 18, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: An Almost Defense of Kevin Towers

by Geoff Young

Right now, it looks like Kevin Towers got robbed when he traded Trevor Bauer, but what does history say?

December 11, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Padres Break Bank, Won't Pay to Have it Fixed

by Geoff Young

The San Diego Padres have been major players this offseason, and teams in the NL West have been put on notice.

December 4, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Thou Shalt Not Run on Johnny Cueto

by Geoff Young

If Johnny Cueto is on the mound and a runner breaks for second, he is facing an almost-certain outcome.

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