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Nationals name Blake Treinen closer

blake treinen closer

On December 5th, closer Mark Melancon signed a 4-year, $62 million deal with the San Francisco Giants, leaving the Washington Nationals with a vacancy at their closer position. In the midst of a flurry of blockbuster moves by the Chicago White Sox, speculation ran rampant that Washington would replace Melancon with White Sox RHP David […]

World Baseball Classic quick thoughts

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  That was a hell of a tournament by pretty much any measure: frenetic crowd noise, record-setting attendance, impassioned play, close games and intriguing match-ups. The World Baseball Classic commenced with little buzz, but ended up being a home run for the game. Hopefully Major League Baseball rides this momentum to create an even better […]

How Marco Estrada overcame a slow fastball to become one of the top pitchers in the AL East

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A brief glance at Toronto Blue Jays RHP Marco Estrada would elicit little enthusiasm. With young pitchers seemingly all throwing 95+ MPH, Estrada is a bit of a unicorn in the modern league. Estrada, 33, throws one of the game’s slowest fastballs but has had tremendous success the past couple years regardless. How does Estrada manage to do […]

Adam “Captain America” Jones emerges as the leader for Team USA

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As the United States prepares for tomorrow night’s World Baseball Classic semifinal showdown against Team Japan, plenty of things will be on manager Jim Leyland’s mind: How many innings can he coax out of Tanner Roark? Should Team USA get more aggressive on the basepaths if the game is tight? Who will be the designated hitter? […]

What the hell are the Orioles doing with their outfield?

Adam Jones requested more athleticism

The Baltimore Orioles 2016 season ended abruptly with a blast off the bat of Toronto Blue Jays slugger Edwin Encarnacion in the 11th inning of the AL Wild Card game. After starter Chris Tillman lasted just 4.1 innings, Orioles manager Buck Showalter called on six pitchers out of the bullpen, none of whom were Cy Young […]

Chris Archer dazzles at WBC, appears poised for bounce-back season

Chris Archer WBC

Last season was the most frustrating one of Tampa Bay Rays RHP Chris Archer’s career. The strikeouts and electric stuff were still present, but the results were not. Last Friday, however, marked a promising sign for Archer as he aims to revert to the form that made him one of baseball’s brightest pitching stars just […]

Stro Show: Marcus Stroman dominates in start for Team USA

Marcus Stroman WBC

While many big-name pitchers such as Clayton Kershaw eschewed the World Baseball Classic in order to prepare for the 2017 season, 5’8″ Toronto Blue Jays RHP Marcus Stroman stood up tall for the United States, hurling 4.2 scoreless innings Saturday against a vaunted Dominican Republic lineup. Stroman appeared in mid-season form, featuring an array of fastballs […]

David Price might never be an ace again, but that’s okay

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On the heels of a highly disappointing 2016 season by his lofty standards, Red Sox LHP David Price endured an entire off-season of derision from the notoriously demanding Red Sox fans. While Price himself was disappointed by his performance – particularly his ALDS implosion against the Cleveland Indians – it’s important to note that the […]

Why the Adam Eaton trade isn’t so bad for the Washington Nationals

adam eaton washington nationals

Last week, the Washington Nationals made a risky move dealing top prospects Lucas Giolito, Reynaldo Lopez and Dane Dunning in exchange for outfielder Adam Eaton. On the surface, the move seems inane from Washington’s perspective and reeks of a panic move. But digging deeper, the move begins to make more sense. Eaton, 28, is under team control […]

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