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August 31, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: Four of a Kind: Oakland's Aces

by Doug Thorburn

Doug dissects the mechanics of Oakland's surprisingly successful starters.

August 24, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: Throwdown: Clayton Kershaw vs. Madison Bumgarner

by Doug Thorburn

Two of the best young lefties in the game faced off earlier this week. Doug breaks down the matchup.

August 17, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: Draft Day Deliveries, Part Three

by Doug Thorburn

Doug wraps up his look at the top pitchers selected in the 2012 draft with five arms from the supplemental round, including the one with the draft's best mechanics.

August 10, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: Hocking LOOGYs

by Doug Thorburn

How do left-handed specialists make the most of their platoon advantage, and at what cost does their approach come?

August 3, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: Throwdown: Zack Greinke vs. Jeremy Hellickson

by Doug Thorburn

Earlier this week, Zack Greinke opposed Rays starter Jeremy Hellickson in his Angels debut. Doug reviews each player's approach to pitching.

July 27, 2012

Raising Aces: Violent Trends

by Doug Thorburn

Doug looks at what pitching experts mean when they call a delivery "violent," and why this violence can be inextricable from success.

July 20, 2012

Raising Aces: Back to the Futures Game, World Team

by Doug Thorburn

Doug wraps up his mechanical analysis of the Futures Game rosters with a look at the World Team.

July 13, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: Back to The Futures Game, US Team

by Doug Thorburn

Evaluating the mechanics of the US pitchers in last Sunday's Futures Game.

June 29, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: Dickey's Fine Malt Knuckler

by Doug Thorburn

Doug examines R.A. Dickey's mechanics to see how Dickey does things most knuckleballers couldn't dream of.

June 22, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: A Slide Step in the Wrong Direction

by Doug Thorburn

The slide step is intended to help pitchers, but would they be better off without it?

June 15, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: Draft Day Deliveries, Part Two

by Doug Thorburn

Evaluating the mechanics of six pitchers chosen in the middle of the first round of this year's draft.

June 8, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: Draft Day Deliveries, Part 1

by Doug Thorburn

Evaluating the mechanics of the first five pitchers chosen in this year's draft.

June 1, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: Four of a Kind: Slot Machines

by Doug Thorburn

Doug issues Mechanics Report Cards for four pitchers who throw from high arm slots: Clay Buchholz, James McDonald, Johnny Cueto, and Joe Wieland.

May 25, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: Stras Wars

by Doug Thorburn

Getting the most out of an arm as valuable as Stephen Strasburg's is a fraught task for the Nationals.

May 18, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: All About Injuries

by Doug Thorburn

What are the real mechanical precursors of pitcher injury? And what is the real lesson of Mark Prior's injury history?

May 11, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: Where's Ubaldo?

by Doug Thorburn

Wondering what happened to the Ubaldo Jimenez the Indians thought they were acquiring? Look no further than his disintegrating mechanics.

May 3, 2012

Raising Aces: Six Degrees of Supination

by Doug Thorburn

A primer on how pitchers produce movement and vary velocity by gripping and releasing their pitches.

April 26, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: A Tale of Two Timmys

by Doug Thorburn

Is something physically or mechanically wrong with Tim Lincecum, or are his struggles to start the season something we've seen before?

April 19, 2012

Premium Article Raising Aces: Downhill from Here

by Doug Thorburn

How much does pitching on a downhill plane affect a pitcher's ability to get ground balls?

April 12, 2012

Raising Aces: Dissecting Darvish

by Doug Thorburn

Timing issues held Yu Darvish back in his first big-league start, but sound underlying mechanics suggest that he'll soon put those struggles behind him.


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