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Corey Kluber’s two-seam fastball and cutter combination provides a blueprint for Trevor Bauer tonight in Game 2

trevor bauer two seam fastball

Last night, the Cleveland Indians rode the steady vessel of Corey Kluber, Andrew Miller, and Cody Allen to victory in Game 1 of the World Series, shutting out a potent Chicago Cubs lineup. While Miller and Allen unleashed their typical electric fastball-breaking ball combination to stifle Chicago, Kluber was able to dominate without a great […]

2016 MLB Team Preview: Oakland Athletics

oakland athletics shortstop marcus semien

This is part of my 2016 MLB team preview series. I will preview each team before Opening Day, unveiling teams in reverse order according to my power rankings. Previous: 30) Braves 29) Phillies 28) Brewers 27) Reds 26) Rockies 25) Padres 24. Oakland Athletics 2015 Record: 68-94, 5th in AL West Key Additions: LF Khris Davis, SP Rich Hill, IF Jed Lowrie, […]

2016 MLB Team Preview: Colorado Rockies

2016 Colorado Rockies

This is part of my 2016 MLB team preview series. I will preview each team before Opening Day, unveiling teams in reverse order according to my power rankings. Previous: 30) Braves 29) Phillies 28) Brewers 27) Reds 26. Colorado Rockies 2015 Record: 68-94, 5th in NL West Key Additions: CL Jake McGee, LF Gerardo Parra, SU Jason Motte, MRP […]

2016 MLB Team Preview: Cincinnati Reds

Cincinnati Reds first baseman Joey Votto

This is part of my 2016 MLB team preview series. I will preview each team before  Opening Day, unveiling teams in reverse order according to my power rankings. Previous: 30) Braves 29) Phillies 28) Brewers 27. Cincinnati Reds 2015 Record: 64-98, 5th in NL Central Key Additions: OF Scott Schebler, 2B/CF José Peraza, RP Caleb Cotham, RP […]

2016 MLB Team Preview: Milwaukee Brewers

Milwaukee Brewers Left Fielder Ryan Braun

This is part of my 2016 MLB team preview series. I will preview each team before Opening Day, unveiling teams in reverse order according to my power rankings.  Previous: 30) Braves 29) Phillies 28. Milwaukee Brewers 2015 Record: 68-94, 4th in NL Central Key Additions: 1B Chris Carter, IF Jonathan Villar, 3B/2B Aaron Hill Key Losses: OF […]

2016 MLB Team Preview: Philadelphia Phillies

Philadelphia Phillies 3B Maikel Franco

This is part of my 2016 MLB team preview series. I will preview each team before Opening Day, unveiling teams in reverse order according to my power rankings.  Previous: 30) Braves 29. Philadelphia Phillies 2015 Record: 63-99, 5th in NL East Key Additions: SP Jeremy Hellickson, SP Charlie Morton, SP Vince Velasquez, RP David Hernandez, OF Peter […]

Analyzing the New York Yankees’ Bullpen Trio

New York Yankees' Bullpen Trio

The strength of the 2015 New York Yankees was undoubtedly the back end of their bullpen. By any statistical or qualitative measure, Andrew Miller and Dellin Betances were among the best five relievers in baseball last season. Having both on the same team was downright unfair, like having two queens on a chess board. Apparently not satisfied […]

Jered Weaver’s Disappearing Fastball

Jered Weaver Angels

Spring Training is rife with outliers and has very little predictive value for the most part. In 2015, for instance, Mariners catcher Mike Zunino ripped through the Cactus League, slashing his way to a Bondsian .352/.453/.852 line. In the regular season, Zunino was arguably the worst hitter in baseball, striking out with regularity and hitting a feeble .174/.230/.300. I […]

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