Facts & Flukes

Dan
Becker
August 20, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
From the moment he arrived in Texas, Yu Darvish (RHP, TEX) brought instant star power and considerable talent to the Rangers starting rotation. Darvish dispatched the competition with relative ease during his first month in the big leagues, but hitters have caught up to him since and the Japanese hurler has been scuffling since the All-Star break.
Matthew
Cederholm
August 16, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Madison Bumgarner has stepped up his game this year, at least on the surface. And Aramis Ramirez keeps doing what he does. Will their production hold up to the discerning eye of BaseballHQ.com?
Dave
Adler
August 15, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
In the off-season, there was concern with how Miguel Cabrera (3B, DET) would handle the hot corner. When an errant ground ball fractured his orbital bone in spring training, those fears weren’t quelled. Fast forward to mid-August, and Cabrera is holding his own in the field.
Brent
Hershey
August 14, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
It's NOT a head-scratcher: Carlos Gonzalez is a sure-fire stud.
Matt
Gelfand
August 13, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Lester's bad luck, Ackley's discouraging trends, Reynolds' vanishing power and more ...
Jeffrey
Tomich
August 09, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Fortune, not improved skills, propels Headley ... Among the names most rumored to be moved at the trading deadline who ultimately stayed put was Chase Headley (3B, SD). After a disappointing 2011, Headley has boosted his power while staying aggressive on the basepaths.
Dave
Adler
August 08, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
Pujols’ slump a distant memory…So – did you sell low on Albert Pujols (1B, LAA) back in April? After hitting .217 with no home runs that month, the temptation was certainly there to bail on the costly superstar. But after hitting his first home run on May 6, he’s looked like “the Machine” of old.
Matt
Gelfand
August 07, 2012 12:03 PM GMT
After 400 ABs, it's fair to say about Danny Espinosa: "He was who we thought he was." After a promising - albeit frustrating - 2011 in which he amassed a 17 HR/21 SB combination, there were hopes that the less desirable parts of his game (namely, the 71% ct%) would improve to the point where his BA wouldn't be a boon to fantasy owners. Alas, it seems Espinosa's plate skills has regressed even further.
Dan
Becker
August 06, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
It wasn't so long ago that there were concerns that Matt Harrison (LHP, TEX) might never reach the point where he could command his pitches effectively enough to stick in the Texas rotation. Harrison has silenced those doubters in the past year and half by harnessing his stuff and posting strong numbers, to the point that he was named to the AL All-Star squad last month...
Jeffrey
Tomich
August 02, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
The Mets have no doubt wilted in the July heat. But you can't blame Ike Davis (1B, NYM) for the club's mid-summer collapse. After Valley Fever and early season struggles that had pundits wondering if he'd be on the bus to Triple-A Buffalo, Davis has responded with 10 HRs over the past month; 6 of them in a one-week span.
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