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August 7, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: When the Time is Right

by Geoff Young

It's the same song but a different verse when it comes to Josh Hamilton's and Albert Pujols' seasons.

July 31, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Where Has Upton's Power Gone?

by Geoff Young

Justin Upton has suffered a major power outage this year, but is there a root cause for his season-long blackout?

July 24, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Walk-off Wins are the New Market Inefficiency

by Geoff Young

The Oakland A's have shown a knack for winning in style in 2012.

July 17, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: First Win the Division, Then Puppet Show

by Geoff Young

The Dodgers have spiraled out of control since late May, and with seemingly no plan for offense, it's a three-team race in the wild West.

July 10, 2012

Western Front: Trying One's Patience

by Geoff Young

Geoff discovers the wonders of Seattle baseball, Aaron Cook, tubas, Jeremy Guthrie, and Family Circus.

July 3, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Ready, Set, No!

by Geoff Young

Geoff compares members of the Tacoma Rainiers to Twilight characters using the 20-80 scale. Or maybe he would have, if he'd been able to see the team play.

June 26, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Fowler Power

by Geoff Young

What is Dexter Fowler doing this season to achieve sustained big-league success?

June 19, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Angels Rush in Where Rangers Fear to Tread

by Geoff Young

The keys to the Angels' recent success and the Rangers' downturn could be the fortunes of two superstars and two ex-Padres.

June 12, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: A Brief History of the Vedder Cup

by Geoff Young

Of all the natural interleague rivalries, none are more viciously fought than the Vedder Cup series. Wait, you've never heard of it? Then read on!

June 5, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Tres CompaƱeros

by Geoff Young

Gregor Blanco, Melky Cabrera, and Angel Pagan didn't go to San Francisco with flowers in their hair, but with their early play, everything is coming up roses.

May 29, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Attending to Center Field

by Geoff Young

How much does the success of a team dictate attendance? The Dodgers and Diamondbacks' narratives are still being written.

May 22, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: My Kingdome for a Morse

by Geoff Young

Justin Smoak isn't producing for the Mariners, and he isn't a particularly interesting character, either, so when you research his woes, you end up in a time warp.

May 15, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: La Casa Sucia

by Geoff Young

The Padres are off to a horrible start, so a housecleaning might be forthcoming. Who stays and who goes?

May 8, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Three Days, Three Dingers

by Geoff Young

Three home runs were hit by three improbable players during last week's action.

May 1, 2012

Western Front: As a Manager, He Makes a Good Right Fielder

by Geoff Young

Torii Hunter's suggestion that Mike Scioscia should have had the Angels bunt does not make sense.

April 24, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Five Giant Themes

by Geoff Young

What do Bruce Bochy, Xavier Nady, Brandon Belt, Tim Lincecum, Barry Zito, Matt Cain, Mike Krukow, and Mark Grant have in common?

April 17, 2012

Western Front: They Came from Across the Sea

by Geoff Young

The AL West added a couple of the premier international players over the offseason, and both are already contributing to their new teams.

April 10, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: It Only Seems Like the Suburbs

by Geoff Young

The Padres and Dodgers met for their opening series last week, bringing to mind their intertwined histories.

April 3, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: Is Will Venable Underrated or Overrated? Probably.

by Geoff Young

Will Venable is entering his prime years, but his career numbers leave people guessing as to whether he is extremely overrated or underrated.

March 27, 2012

Premium Article Western Front: No Country for Old Pitchers

by Geoff Young

Why do teams sign older pitchers when they have younger hurlers in the minors?

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