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Unraveling the secret of an unusual pitch.

Jeff Samardzija has become one of my favorite pitchers. But for a few years, he was a thorn in my side. Okay, maybe more like two thorns.

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May 10, 2012 3:00 am

On the Beat: Harping on Harper

9

John Perrotto

Though Bryce Harper's reputation leaves many questioning his maturity, his Nationals teammates have embraced him.

When Bryce Harper stepped into the batter's box for his first major-league plate appearance April 28 at Dodger Stadium, the usually laid-back LA crowed booed the Nationals rookie outfielder lustily.

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May 10, 2012 3:00 am

Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 5/10/12

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Paul Sporer

Paulino, Dickey, Zambrano, and Ogando make the VP cut this week

We have seen a shift in recent years with dwindling offensive output giving way to more dominant pitching. At one point or another, each of the last two years has been dubbed the “Year of the Pitcher,” and 2012 is on the same path (though Matt Kemp and Josh Hamilton may have something to say about that).  This can be seen as a boon to fantasy owners, as Value Picks remain plentiful.  Heck, just a cursory look at the top 10 starters in fantasy this season shows a handful of VP-types like Lance Lynn, Jake Peavy, and Jason Hammel.  In short, there will always be some arms out there being undervalued or on the cusp of breaking out.  Let’s take a look at this week’s list.

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April 12, 2012 4:32 am

Heartburn Hardball: The Dangers of First Impressions

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Jonathan Bernhardt

A few young starters have dazzled us early, but some similar starts last season proved to be false ones.

A pitcher's first start of the year often seems like a momentous event. It's not the first time most fans will have seen him in the past month, but it is the first time his performance will count for anything more than tea leaves. For young pitchers, especially, the first start sets the bar for the expectations game fans and media types like to play with young and unproven players.

With the plodding morass of spring training behind us, our interest in Real Baseball reaches rabid heights for the first week or two of the season, before we settle into the jogger's pace that takes us to the All-Star break. However, the increased importance we assign to early-season starts doesn't make them reliable barometers. They're certainly no more worthy of consideration than any other individual start over the course of the season just because they're the only data point available at the end of the first week. So before we write too many more breathless words about Jake Arrieta, Jeff Samardzija, and others, let's revisit the good first impressions some young starters made last season and look at how things ended up for them.

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April 11, 2012 8:59 am

Prospectus Game of the Week: Samardzija's Big Day Out

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R.J. Anderson

Resurrecting the Prospectus Game of the Week

In the old days, we ran a feature called Prospectus Game of the Week. Started by Jonah Keri and later written by Derek Jacques, the column ran fewer than 40 times in total—most recently popping up more than five years ago. A rise in team-specific blogs offering game threads and recaps probably cut into the utility of the piece, but the timing was a shame, as it coincided with the rise of MLB.tv. No longer does a person have to record a game to access it later. Rather, you can do it online through myriad devices. Maybe it was decided people didn’t care to watch a game and then read a recap about it later on. Whatever the reason, Prospectus Game of the Week—which, actually, was rarely offered weekly—faded from memory; at least until now.

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With a tip of the cap to a tip from the beat, an expanded series preview of a key mid-week matchup.

As each of his On the Beat columns draw to their close, John Perrotto highlights a short list of three- or four-game sets worth keeping an eye on. The series are not chosen at random, and tend to boast either compelling storylines or intriguing pitching matchups. In an attempt to be synergistic, I thought it would be fun every now and again to pick a series touted in his column and go to town creating series previews, in essence scouting the series as a whole as opposed to a key player or two. The Phillies and Cubs showdown that will be contested from tonight through Thursday serves as the perfect starting ground, as it features both storylines and intriguing matchups, with the former largely encompassing the latter. In fact, the storylines surrounding the pitching matchups were so topsy-turvy that I wrote this entire piece on Sunday and had to drastically revise it Monday afternoon in light of developments.

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November 11, 2008 11:15 am

Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects

8

Kevin Goldstein

The cupboard appears bare for now, and most of what's there may not be tasty enough to take down from the shelf.

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January 16, 2008 12:00 am

Future Shock: Cubs Top 11 Prospects

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Kevin Goldstein

A slugging catcher and a 2007 first-round draftee highlight a small collection of talent.

Five-Star Prospects
1. Geovany Soto, C
2. Josh Vitters, 3B
Four-Star Prospects
None
Three-Star Prospects
3. Donald Veal, LHP
4. Jose Ceda, RHP
5. Josh Donaldson, C
6. Sean Gallagher, RHP
7. Tyler Colvin, OF
8. Eric Patterson, 2B/OF
9. Welington Castillo, C
10. Tony Thomas, 2B
Two-Star Prospects
11. Jeff Samardzija, RHP
















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March 19, 2007 12:00 am

Transaction Analysis: March 13-18, 2007

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Christina Kahrl

Some big-name prospects report to the farm for duty, the Fish search for a flycatcher, and the Nationals take their act off-Broadway in this edition of Transaction Analysis.

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