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February 21, 2012 3:00 am

Western Front: Runs? We Don't Need No Stinkin' Runs!

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Geoff Young

Given their overturned offense, will the 2012 Giants be able to improve their won-loss record from 2011?

Not long ago, while discussing the anemic offense of last year's Mariners, we noted that 10 MLB teams scored fewer than four runs per game in 2011. Only two of those teams finished with a winning record. The San Francisco Giants represented the most extreme case; they won 86 games despite having the National League's worst offense.

That got me to thinking: How often has the team with the NL's worst offense finished with a winning record? The answer may come as a surprise.

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October 1, 2008 12:22 pm

Player Profile: Shane Victorino

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Marc Normandin and Eric Seidman

The Phillies lost a highly-regarded center fielder last winter, but they already had his replacement on hand.

With the departure of Aaron Rowand as a free agent last winter, the Phillies needed to find themselves a new center fielder. Rather than pick through the offerings in a thin free agent market-one that would result in Rowand's being overpaid significantly by the San Francisco Giants-they instead found their new center fielder in-house, shifting Shane Victorino from right field to center. As the Phillies were also lucky enough to get a quality season out of Jayson Werth (Victorino's replacement in right), they were able to replace a big part of their 2007 offense and still make it into the playoffs. Let's take a look at how Victorino ended up where he is today, the starting center fielder for the NL East Divisional champions.

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December 27, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction of the Day: Making Waves in the Wests

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Christina Kahrl

Both league's western components were busy during December. Did the Mariners help themselves enough? Did the Rangers take a chance worth taking? And how good is Arizona's rotation now?

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October 23, 2007 12:00 am

Lies, Damned Lies: Offseason Plans, NL East

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Nate Silver

The Braves are a few key transactions away from returning to the top, while a new big-market team emerges on the banks of the Anacostia.

This is the fourth of a six-part preview of the impending off-season. In today's edition, we hop on the Acela and take a tour of the National League East.

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Rowand's defensive excellence has been buttressed by a hot start to the season. Marc tells you whether it's likely to continue.

Hitting in back end of the Philadelphia lineup, Aaron Rowand has raced out to a .383/.468/.617 start, helping keep the Phils afloat while Ryan Howard and Chase Utley find their swings. Rowand's batted ball data doesn't suggest he has found the swing that propelled him to his excellent 2004 season, however; his .425 BABIP is more than a wee bit higher than his .321 career BABIP. After bouncing between league average and very productive over his career, where does his true production level rest?

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The Tigers still rank #1 in this week's Hit List, and the Royals remain in 30th place yet still manage to trend downward.

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December 2, 2005 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: November 23-December 1

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Christina Kahrl

Christina details a few teams who were most enthusiastic about relievers, and breaks down a few trades and signings of note leading into the Winter Meetings.

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