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June 30, 2014 6:00 am

What You Need to Know: Weekend Wrap-Up, 6/30

8

Daniel Rathman

The new Nate Freiman, the improved Clayton Kershaw, the red-hot Jose Altuve, and more from the weekend, plus what to watch today.

The Weekend Takeaway
When the A’s boarded their flight to New York last Sunday, they’d lost back-to-back games just once since the end of May. But after the Mets served them their second losing streak of the month with a 10-1 beating in the first contest of a nine-game road trip, it seemed that Bob Melvin’s squad might take a small stumble as it reached the halfway mark of the regular season on the Atlantic seaboard.


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The favorite manager of many sabermetricians takes an unexpected turn in explaining why he's been giving up the platoon advantage willingly at DH.

In response to this conversation among Jonah Keri, Sam Miller and DRaysBay, I asked Joe Maddon at his pregame press conference in Boston about the decision to make right-handed-hitting Delmon Young his DH against righties as opposed to the left-handed Matt Joyce. Boston will pitch righties John Lackey, Clay Buchholz and Jake Peavy in Games 2, 3 and 4 respectively.

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July 18, 2013 6:07 am

Free Agent Watch: Week 16

0

Mike Gianella and Bret Sayre

Luke Scott and Wily Peralta have been sizzling of late and are among the players you might want to grab off the waiver wire this week.

12-Team Mixed

Matt Joyce, OF, Tampa Bay Rays

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This one goes to 14. An extended struggle exposes Jake Odorizzi, and Jose Fernandez shows Matt Joyce his whole arsenal.

The two longest plate appearances of 2013 (to date) took place two innings apart in Monday’s Rays-Marlins game at Tropicana Field. They both involved right-handed rookie pitchers who were facing batters for the first time in the big leagues. And like last week, I’m going to go over them both.

Longest Plate Appearance(s) of the Week, 5/23-5/29
May 27, Marlins at Rays
Jake Odorizzi vs. Jordan Brown, 14 pitches (tied for longest of 2013)
AND
Jose Fernandez vs. Matt Joyce, 14 pitches (tied for longest of 2013)





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Melky Cabrera is having a breakout season, and he is 27 years old. Those are just two unrelated facts about Melky Cabrera.

If All-Star voting ended today, two of the three starting outfielders for the National League would be repeat representatives. The leading vote-getter, Matt Kemp, made the team last season and went on to be runner-up in the NL MVP race. Behind Kemp is Carlos Beltran, who’s been to six All-Star games.  

But the player who recently displaced reigning MVP Ryan Braun to take over third place has never been an All-Star. He’s never come close to winning any major awards or leading the league in any important statistical category. He’s been a punch line and an afterthought, but before this season, he’d never been one of baseball’s best players.   

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May 14, 2012 11:00 am

The Prospectus Hit List: Monday, May 14

5

Matthew Kory

Joey Votto hits only three home runs.

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The tater trots for May 9: compared to previous injured trots, Matt Joyce's twisted ankle trot was still remarkably quick, even if it is the slowest trot of the year.

The next night after a big home run day like Tuesday's is always a letdown. From Josh Hamilton's four home runs to only twelve home runs hit leaguewide? Yeah, that's going to feel a bit boring. And it might even be a legitimate feeling - if it weren't for one special trot last night.

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February 20, 2012 3:00 am

Prospectus Preview: AL East 2012 Preseason Preview

19

R.J. Anderson and Jason Collette

Roundtable discussion of the most pressing issues facing each AL East team entering Spring Training

PECOTA Team Projections
Record: 72-90
Team WARP: 21.0
Team TAv: .264
Runs Scored: 701
Runs Allowed: 798
Team FRAA: -11.4







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October 14, 2011 11:04 am

Fantasy Beat: Punting Home Runs, Winning RBIs

4

Jason Collette

A look at how hitters can drive in runs without home run power and how fantasy owners can take advantage

I pointed this out last week in Fred Zinkie’s interview how he finished 14th in the 15-team Tout Wars Mixed league yet finished 2nd in the RBI category and how improbable that seemed.  The next logical step is to figure out how one does that and what is needed to pull that kind of feat off.

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With All-Star selection around the corner, the BP staff fills out their ballots for who deserves to start in the Midsummer Classic.

It’s July, and that means another All-Star Game, one which—we might as well get this out of the way now—won’t be as exciting as those wonderful old All-Star Games  when important things happened, like Ted Williams breaking his elbow and Dizzy Dean breaking a toe (Williams said he was never the same hitter; Dean destroyed his arm with altered mechanics) and Ray Fosse getting run over because damn it, Pete Rose just had to win an exhibition game.

(It is at times like these that I like to recall Mickey Mantle’s immortal words on the subject of Rose: “If I had played my career hitting singles like Pete, I’d wear a dress.”)

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March 15, 2011 9:00 am

Fantasy Beat: Expert Mock Draft Results

44

Jason Collette

Jason took part in a slow mock draft with other fantasy experts and is now here to share what he learned from the experience.

I recently had the pleasure of doing a slow—and I mean slow—mock draft over the past four weeks with a few of my friends and colleagues in the fantasy baseball industry. That group included most of the mlb.com folks, Fernando DiFino, and the legendary Joe Sheehan. The draft started on February 17 and survived a few lost weekends, DiFino’s nuptials (congrats!) and several copy and paste issues from some of us that are still using not-so-smartphones.

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June 30, 2010 8:00 am

Transaction Action: Disorderly Conduct

6

Christina Kahrl

The Red Sox retrench, the A's fritter, and more moves made on the AL side of the beat.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Placed OF-R Lou Montanez on the 15-day DL(strained oblique). [6/25]
Recalled RHP Brad Bergesen from Norfolk (Triple-A). [6/26]
Designated 1B-R Garrett Atkins for assignment; activated RHP Koji Uehara from the 15-day DL. [6/27]

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