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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: 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 […]

Reaction: Ian Desmond Signs Puzzling Deal with Rangers to Play Left Field

Ian Desmond

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. It was posted March 1, 2016. Last week, I speculated where former Nationals shortstop Ian Desmond would land. I put time into evaluating each team’s prospects at shortstop and narrowed down the potential suitors to the following: the Colorado Rockies, Chicago White Sox, and […]

Dexter Fowler Spurns Orioles at the Altar, Returns to Chicago

Oriole Bird Crying Jordan Meme

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. It was posted February 25, 2016. After the Orioles culminated a wildly successful offseason by landing certified innings-eater Yovani Gallardo, I was ready to praise GM Dan Duquette.  The research was finished, as was my first paragraph.  But then, I got this text from my […]

Orioles, Dexter Fowler Agree to Three-Year Deal

Dexter Fowler Chicago Cubs

This is an archived post from my prior blog, The Sprained Ankle. It was posted February 24, 2016. Dexter Fowler has landed in Birdland, agreeing to terms on a 3-year, $33 million deal with the Baltimore Orioles.  Fowler fills two conspicuous voids for the Orioles: a proficient leadoff hitter and a capable right fielder.  Fowler’s […]

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