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The players we were collectively most confident about.
Everything is gone. Just gone. There were no survivors. Here. There. Nobody knew who started it.
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The season begins! The Mets still can't defeat the defending World Series champs, Andrew McCutchen is batting second, and Marcus Stroman has pitching down to a science.
Kendrys Morales provides the Royals with an all-important anchor in the middle of the lineup. His bat will likely determine their offensive fate in 2016.
Young & Exciting Vincent Velasquez and Aaron Sanchez win rotation spots, while Brian Duensing wins more time with his family.
Phillies choose Vincent Velasquez to be their fifth starter
Position battles abound for rebuilding teams like the Phillies, but as the spring winds down, one of the biggest battles in Clearwater, Florida, has now been decided. On Monday, manager told the media that Pete Mackanin —who came over from the Astros in the Vincent Velasquez blockbuster earlier this winter—has won the no. 5 starter job, relegating Ken Giles , who started 15 games for Philadelphia last season, to Triple-A Lehigh Valley. Adam Morgan
Velasquez, who turns 24 in June, debuted with the Astros last year in a swingman capacity. He made seven starts and appeared 12 times in relief, racking up 58 strikeouts in 55 2/3 innings, a reflection of big-league-ready stuff.
wrote in our Chris Crawford Transaction Analysis of the Giles trade, “At worst, Velasquez marks a strong central piece as a potential high-leverage reliever,” but the Phillies will let him start until he proves he can’t, and his ceiling could be substantially loftier than the late-inning floor. Read the full article...
Time and injuries have slowed Royals second baseman Omar Infante. A poor approach at the plate has sped up the slowing down.
Kelvin Herrera tested a slider during the second half of last season before unleashing it in the postseason. If he continues refining the pitch, look out.
The Royals are debating between Mike Moustakas and Alex Gordon for the second spot in their lineup. Based on the offensive skill sets of the two players, there's an obvious answer.
After a disappointing 2014 season, Sal Perez made a pair of mechanical adjustments. But even the right decisions don't always work out. The looming disasters behind the plate in the AL Central.
Disaster comes in many forms. In 2016, one of those forms will probably be catching in the American League Central. There is no other position-division combination which
projects so poorly in the aggregate: Four of the division’s five teams project to generate 0.4 PECOTA or less from the catcher position in 2016, and three project to actually WARP lose value (relative to replacement level) from their catchers next year. Cleveland, which has holding down the fort at the position, is the lone exception to the rule. Yan Gomes
Read the full article... Should we pity the poor catcher whose manager won't give him a doggone break?
Catching might be the most exhausting job on the field. While everyone else can stand up straight and meander about their appointed pasture, you, the pitiable catcher, have to crouch behind the plate. And stop 90 mph balls with your glove. And call the pitches. And be the front-line psychologist for the pitcher. And take foul tips off the chest protector. And… oh dear,
is pitching today. Plus, you gotta hit and run and sign autographs for the 8-year-olds. R.A. Dickey Read the full article... Eleven short stories: Comedies, tragedies, sagas, and more.
They say the triple is the most exciting play in baseball, which is an odd adage to have in a world where inside-the-park home runs exist. There’s a lot to like about the triple—the geometry is cool, with the batter-runner having different starting and ending points, and while inside-the-park home runs are almost always the result of misplays in the outfield, you can get a triple without anyone making a mistake.
But let’s be real—we only say the triple is the most exciting play in baseball because inside-the-park home runs are so rare: Only 11 of the 4,909 regular-season home runs in 2015 failed to leave the park. And since it’s March and nothing’s really going on, let’s rank those regular season (because including
’s World Series homer would just be unfair) inside-the-parkers. Alcides Escobar Read the full article... No, really: The Royals are a hell of a contact-hitting club.
Over the past two seasons, fans of the Kansas City baseball club have become acquainted with the supernatural wonder known as “Royals Devil Magic.” The simplest explanation of this phenomena is it occurs when you take your sabermetric dogma, crumple it up into a tiny ball, and set it on fire with a flamethrower.
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