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A Happier and Hotter Nick Castellanos by Jay Jaffe June 3, 2021 In Tuesday’s otherwise lopsided rout by the Phillies, Nick Castellanos collected a pair of hits off Aaron Nola. With that, he extended his hitting streak to 18 games, thus surpassing his personal best and breaking a tie with Jose Altuve for the majors’
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Is Ryan McMahon Finally Breaking Out? by Chet Gutwein June 3, 2021 Times are tough in Denver. The biggest stories for the Rockies this year have been their trade of their best player (heavily and rightfully criticized), the resignation of Jeff Bridich, and the relocation of this season’s All-Star Game to Coors Field. Okay, that
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Rick Kranitz Talks Pitching by David Laurila June 3, 2021 Rick Kranitz knows the art of pitching. Now in his third season as the pitching coach for the Atlanta Braves, he’s been tutoring hurlers for over three decades, with roughly half of those years spent at the big-league level. Prior to assuming his current position
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Adbert Alzolay Is in Control by Carmen Ciardiello June 2, 2021 Adbert Alzolay has been one of the few pleasant surprises for the Cubs this season. Through his first two major league stints across 2019 and ’20, he walked 15% of the batters he faced in 33.2 innings of work, most of which was in
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What’s Eating Francisco Lindor? by Ben Clemens June 1, 2021 Normally, I’d write some cutesy introduction to this article, maybe regale you with a fun anecdote from my life or make a bad joke to keep the mood light. Today, there’s no time. Francisco Lindor is hitting poorly this year, and we need to get
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Checking in on the Hitter’s Count by Owen McGrattan May 28, 2021 There is a lot to dissect when it comes to understanding the increase in strikeouts in baseball. Pitchers at the plate are striking out at a higher clip than ever, but even when filtering out their plate appearances, we’re still seeing yearly increases
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Whose High Home Run Was the Most Impressive? by Justin Choi May 28, 2021 It’s true ’ compared to previous seasons, hitters are struggling against pitchers. The league batting average is the lowest it’s been in decades even if you exclude pitchers, the strikeout rate the highest. It’s easy to point fingers at the people
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New York Can’t Catch a Break by Ben Clemens May 28, 2021 You won’t find many joint Yankees/Mets fans, but if such a bizarre chimera exists, it’s been a rough few days for pitching health. On Tuesday, Noah Syndergaard made a scheduled rehab start for the St. Lucie Mets. He departed after only an inning,
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Bryan Shaw’s Two-Headed Fastball by Justin Choi May 26, 2021 Remember when the Rockies attempted to assemble a super-mega bullpen? During the 2019-18 offseason, the team committed a combined $106 million to Wade Davis, Jake McGee, and the protagonist of this article, Bryan Shaw. What followed was a disaster. The trio put up just 0.4
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The Giants’ Complicated Future by Kevin Goldstein May 26, 2021 Trying to project how teams will behave in the coming months involves considering a lot of variables. There are the standings themselves, and yes, many teams are daily visitors to the FanGraphs Playoff Odds pages. There are payroll limitations as defined by the ownership group,
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What Should We Make of Jesse Winker? by Devan Fink May 24, 2021 Here is an understatement: Jesse Winker had a pretty solid weekend. On Friday, he collected four hits, including three home runs, and a walk. On Saturday, he only went 1-for-4, but added another homer. And on Sunday, he homered again, bringing his
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Scoring This Year’s No-Hitters by Jay Jaffe May 24, 2021 We’ve still got a week to go in May, a month that has included four no-hitters, including two last week on back-to-back days ’ the Tigers’ Spencer Turnbull against the Mariners on Tuesday, and then the Yankees’ Corey Kluber against the Rangers on Wednesday, plus two
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Harrison Bader Has Matured at the Plate by Jake Mailhot May 21, 2021 Harrison Bader is legitimately one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball. By whichever advanced defensive metric you prefer, he ranks in the top 10 among all outfielders since his debut in 2019. But while his elite ability with the glove is
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Pitcher zStats at the Quarter-Mark by Dan Szymborski May 21, 2021 Not everyone is interested in projecting the future, but one common thread in much of modern analytics in this regard is the attempt to describe a volatile thing, such as a play in baseball, using something less volatile, such as an underlying ability. This
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Willy Adames is Headed to Milwaukee by Ben Clemens May 21, 2021 Since before the start of the season, the Rays have telegraphed their willingness to move Willy Adames. It wasn’t so much in what they said ’ in that they didn’t say much of anything ’ but two factors made it a nearly foregone
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Daily Prospect Notes: 5/21 by Tess Taruskin May 21, 2021 These are notes on prospects from Tess Taruskin. Read previous installments here. CJ Van Eyk, RHP, Toronto Blue Jays Level & Affiliate: Hi-A Vancouver Age: 22 Org Rank: 10  FV: 40+ Line: 6 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 BB, 9 K Notes Van Eyk’s
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Yadier Molina’s Strong Start Seems Meaningful by Justin Choi May 21, 2021 In the war for the NL Central, the Cardinals are leading the charge. Their robust 25-18 record is no stroke of luck ’ per our BaseRuns standings, they’ve outperformed their theoretical win total by just one. Breaking this down further, the pitching has
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Yadiel Hernandez, Sleeping Giant by Ben Clemens May 20, 2021 Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. Why is it so easy to fill in the pool that the Washington Nationals own? That’s right ’ it has no depth. The Nats have relied on a stars-and-scrubs approach for years, hoping that their stellar headliners
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Emmanuel Clase Is One of a Kind by Carmen Ciardiello May 19, 2021 Take a gander at the list of the most effective relievers in the majors thus far and you get a mix of known quantities and pop-up guys. That’s the nature of the beast. When evaluating relievers, we deal with small samples and
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