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September 20, 2013 6:00 am

Pebble Hunting: Attacking Andrew McCutchen

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Sam Miller

Do pitchers target a tough opponent's weakness, or stick with their own strength?

Every hitter has a hole. Barry Bonds, during spring training, had given an interview with ESPN in which he as much as said, "if you make your pitch, you can get me out." The issue wasn't whether a hitter had a weakness, but where it was. Every pitcher in the big leagues knew that Giambi's hole was waist-high, on the inside corner of the plate. It was about the size of a pint of milk, two baseballs in height and one baseball in width. Which raised an obvious question: why don't the pitchers just aim for the milk pint? Moneyball, Chapter 7, "Giambi's Hole."

There seem to actually be two points in that paragraph, and they contradict each other. "Every pitcher in the big leagues" was saying that Giambi had a weakness, and that if you could throw him kryptonite it would get him out. But Bonds seemed to be saying something else: "If you make your pitch, you can get me out." Your pitch.

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Paul & Doug discuss what is wrong with Jon Lester since mid-May and dive into Strasburg's season. Next GOTW: Francisco Liriano at Mike Leake

Stephen Strasburg gives the guys a very interesting start to discuss as he shows flashes of brilliance in a start that ended up rather mediocre statistically speaking. Robbie Erlin suffers a tough day, but the outlook isn't quite as grim.

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October 11, 2012 5:00 am

Playoff Prospectus: NLDS Game Four Recap: Giants 8, Reds 3

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Sam Miller

The Giants finally score some runs, and even the series against the Reds.

There was a pretty good chance the Giants were going to lose on Tuesday. As you’ll recall, they had one hit through nine innings; they drew one walk; they scored because of a passed ball and an error; etc. They could have very, very easily lost on Tuesday. And if they had, Tim Lincecum’s season highlights would have looked like this:

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June 7, 2012 5:00 am

Value Picks: Starting Pitchers for 6/7/12

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Paul Sporer

Hughes, Hutchison, and Leake bring the VP jelly to BP this week.

With a big wave of interleague on the horizon, pitcher values vary in a way we haven’t seen yet this year as they face new teams in new venues.  For example, the Angels and Athletics have featured some useful starting pitchers this year, the former more so than the latter, but as they each head into Coors Field to face the Rockies over the next week, there could be some trouble on the horizon.  This could be especially problemsome for Ervin Santana, Bartolo Colon, and Tom Milone given their home run rates.

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Take a deep breath before assuming your favorite team's pick today is a future star.

Unless you live under a rock, and no offense to those living under a rock, you know the draft takes places tonight. The draft creates a lot of excitement, but it's important to be realistic as well about the player that gets added to your favorite. Whomever your favorite team takes, it's not time to start inserting him into future lineups. The attrition rate for top picks has improved dramatically, yet remains brutal. So for a little dose of reality here are the top five hitters and pitchers for each slot. Of the 47 players taken in draft history, this is the cream of the crop, and it can be a bit of an eye-opener. A big note of thanks to Bradley Ankrom for doing the leg work here.

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The tater trots for May 21: Giancarlo Stanton is a mother—... Also, Leake's great sprint on his first career home run.

A broken scoreboard. An ultra-quick pitcher trot. A man catching both home run balls when two players go back-to-back without moving from his seat. David Ortiz. All we needed last night was a walkoff home run and we would have truly had everything.

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Concluding the two-part series by reviewing the best and worst first-half pitchers for each team.

To recap my methodology, here is what I wrote in the positional players’ piece earlier this week:

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September 24, 2010 6:53 pm

Transaction Action: Reds and 'Stros, Brewers and Bucs

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Christina Kahrl

Moseying through the NL Central's transactions...

Obvious Good Move: Slipping Aroldis Chapman onto the active roster. Think K-Rod 2002 without the roster chicanery. Think Livan Hernandez in '97 or David Price in 2008, since he's good enough to shut the door or get something started. If anything goes wrong with any component of the staff, the hard-slinging Cubano has the potential to dominate.

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May 31, 2010 9:13 am

On the Beat: Monday Update

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John Perrotto

Reds rookie Mike Leake has made a seamless jump from college to the NL, along with other notes from around the majors.

The first thing Bronson Arroyo remembers about seeing Mike Leake for the first time is being amused. The second thing Arroyo remembers thinking is that Leake looked familiar.

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April 26, 2010 10:30 am

On the Beat: Monday Update

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John Perrotto

The struggling Reds try to get on track and other notes from around the major leagues.

The Reds were a trendy to pick to be the surprise team of the National League when the season began. Instead, the biggest surprise about the Reds through the first three weeks of the season is that they have played so poorly. The Reds are just 8-11 and not looking like potential contenders, even though they are just 3 games out of first place in what has been a weak NL Central to this point.

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April 13, 2010 5:02 am

Fantasy Beat: Debut Sunday

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Marc Normandin

Marc takes a look at the professional debuts of three pitchers fantasy owners should become familiar with.

Sunday was something else, as far as professional debuts go. The much-heralded Stephen Strasburg made his first start for the Washington Nationals Double-A affiliate in Harrisburg. Aroldis Chapman, Cuban defector and owner of a 100 mph fastball, pitched in Triple-A in his first non-spring training appearance. The name that people heard much less about all winter and spring was the first of the three to appear in the big leagues: Mike Leake skipped the minors entirely and debuted as the Cincinnati Reds fifth starter. Leake’s making the team was such a surprise that many websites, our own included, still don’t have him in their database. Look for Mike Leake in our search engine right now, and you’ll be redirected to a former Red Sox player that made their own debut well over a century ago.

As baseball fans, it’s good fun to see this much young pitching talent hit all at once—especially in an age where, with access to MLB.tv or MiLB.tv, all of these pitcher’s first appearances could be viewed from the comfort of your couch or desk. As a fantasy baseball player, there’s more incentive to pay attention than just fan enjoyment—these are three players that could all factor in to the 2010 season, never mind their implications in keeper leagues, and chances are good that many owners are only going to be able to own one, if any of them.

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April 13, 2010 3:47 am

Transaction Action: Captive, O Captive!

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Christina Kahrl

What's the nature of this new Red menace, a KC masterpiece, and the O's get un-Bob'd.

BALTIMORE ORIOLES
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Placed 2B-S Brian Roberts on the 15-day DL (abdominal strain), retroactive to 4/10; recalled 2B-R Justin Turner from Norfolk (Triple-A). [4/12]

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