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Rox Run Prevention With Kevin Pillar

One of this past week’s less publicized trades was the deal that sent center fielder Kevin Pillar to the Colorado Rockies. It’s not immediately clear what Boston will receive in return for “Superman” beyond the […]

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The Padres’ Other Middle Infielder

The San Diego Padres have been one of baseball’s most engaging teams this year. Playing in a division where the best record is reserved for the Dodgers no one would blame the Friars for struggling […]

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The Week of Randal Grichuk

This past week among players who played in five or more games Randal Grichuk led baseball in just about every offensive category. Home runs, RBIs, isolated slugging, slugging, wOBA and wRC+ were all dominated by […]

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If Anyone Is Going to Hit .400, It’ll Be Charlie Blackmon

If anyone did hit .400 since 2011, when Charlie Blackmon made his debut, it probably would have been him. However, he hasn’t come close. He hasn’t even hit .350 in a season. But he profiles […]

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Aaron Judge and the Angels’ Catcher

If I asked you which MLB player most resembles Aaron Judge, who would you consider? Well, I can almost guarantee that the right answer (According to Baseball Savant’s affinity metric) did not cross your mind. […]

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Two Cubs of a Kind: Kyle Hendricks and Alec Mills

I enjoy an Aroldis Chapman fastball. But never will such enjoyment exceed that of watching a pitcher deceive, frustrate and toy with a hitter the way command and finesse pitchers do. The cohort of such […]

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The New Top-Tier Catcher

When you think of the top catchers in the league, chances are JT Realmuto, Yasmani Grandal, and perhaps Gary Sanchez are among the names that come to mind. Some might argue that Willson Contreras belongs […]

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Phil Maton: Drifting Toward Success?

Phil Maton is entering his fourth major league season. A righty reliever, he was drafted by the Padres in the 20th round in 2015. His accelerated ascension to San Diego (two years) was inspired by […]

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Tim Locastro and the Merit of Ground Balls

It’s common knowledge that ground balls are far from productive batted balls. Pitchers strive to balloon their ground ball rate, reducing risky fly balls and line drives. Pitchers can often supplement low strikeout rates with […]