Facts & Flukes

Dan
Becker
September 24, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
For years now, owners could rely on CC Sabathia (LHP, NYY) as a workhorse for 230+ innings of elite performance every season. Sabathia has struggled at times this year, though...
Jeffrey
Tomich
September 20, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Since his 2008 breakout, Ricky Nolasco (RHP, MIA) has teased fanalytic owners with his big arm and stellar command only to disappoint when the final results were in. This season has largely been more of the same. But Nolasco has turned it on over the past month with a 2.61 ERA and a pair of complete game shutouts.
Dave
Adler
September 19, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Practice excruciating patience. If you weathered the storm of Max Scherzer’s (RHP, DET) horrid April (7.77 ERA in five starts), you’ve been repaid for your virtue; he’s been lights-out since mid-June.
Brent
Hershey
September 18, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
While Washington's surprising season has been filled with headlines of Strasburg, Harper and a deep and talented pitching staff, one player has had a big contribution without much fanfare. But does anyone other than his owners know that the team leader in HR and RBI—by far—is one Adam LaRoche (1B, WAS)?
Dan
Becker
September 17, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
When Brett Anderson (LHP, OAK) went under the knife for Tommy John surgery last summer, he had already established himself as a skilled pitcher with legitimate upside. The hope was that proper rehabilitation would allow him to pick up where he had left off. Anderson moved through the rehab process without issue and worked his way back to the big leagues in August. So far the results have been terrific.
Jeffrey
Tomich
September 13, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
The path to playing time for Norichika Aoki (OF, MIL) was uncertain at best this spring amid a crowded Milwaukee outfield. But injuries and inconsistent results from teammates have led to opportunity and Aoki has taken advantage. In fact, he's tied for second on the club in SBs and boasts one of the better batting averages among Brewers regulars.
Dave
Adler
September 12, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
After two 30/30 seasons in three years, Ian Kinsler (2B, TEX) was a popular choice early in many 2012 drafts. While he’s put up some decent stats, he’s not met the expectations of owners who took him as early as the second round.
Brent
Hershey
September 11, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
In early May, we raved about how although he had a high ERA, Adam Wainwright's (RHP, STL) skills show no effect from his 2011 Tommy John surgery. Now in mid-September, Wainwright's season is even more impressive.
Dan
Becker
September 10, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Of the many interesting baseball stories coming out of Baltimore these days, the quiet breakout performance of Wei-Yin Chen (LHP, BAL) continues to fly under the radar...
Jeffrey
Tomich
September 06, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
The Miami Marlins had high hopes for 2012 with a new ballpark and fat payroll, only to quickly see their season go up in smoke. If there's a silver lining to the year that wasn't, it's the emergence of younger players like Steve Cishek (RHP, MIA) who has jumped Heath Bell (RHP, MIA) to become the club's closer in August.
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