Facts & Flukes

Dave
Adler
April 18, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
[FREE] While the big news in LA this past offseason was the signing of some first baseman who’s supposed to be good, the Angels also solidified their starting rotation by signing C.J. Wilson (LHP, LAA). In his first two years as a starter, Wilson won 31 games and led the Rangers to consecutive World Series appearances.
Brent
Hershey
April 17, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Just a year ago, there were questions about Pablo Sandoval's (3B, SF) commitment level and whether a .300-25 HR season might ever be possible again. In 2011, he provided a firm answer.
Dave
Adler
April 16, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
After Coco Crisp (OF, OAK) spent over 200 days on the DL in 2009-10, expectations weren’t too high going into 2011. But he stayed healthy all year and posted some strong numbers. If he can stay on the field, Crisp is a good bet to deliver a repeat performance.
Jeffrey
Tomich
April 12, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
Coming off two down seasons, Kyle Lohse (RHP, STL) had a career year in 2011 with 14 wins and a 3.39 ERA. He started this season off on the right note by silencing the Marlins in the debut of their new ballpark. For all the recent success, Lohse's pitching history is littered with injury and inconsistency.
Dave
Adler
April 11, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
It’s been an exciting week for Ubaldo Jimenez (RHP, CLE). First, the dust-up with his former Colorado teammates; then, he took a no-hitter into the seventh inning on Saturday. While he needs to serve a five-day suspension, it won’t have much effect due to days off in the early schedule.
Brent
Hershey
April 10, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
The question about Daniel Hudson (RHP, ARI) heading into 2011 was how he would hold up over a full season in the desert after an impressive performance following his deadline deal to Arizona in July 2010. As a key component to the Diamondbacks surprise NL West championship run, the answer was "Just fine, thanks."
Dan
Becker
April 09, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Another season, another crossroads in the volatile career of Francisco Liriano (LHP, MIN). Whether due to injury or ineffectiveness (sometimes both), Liriano seems to constantly vacillate between success and disaster. Coming off a season that was decidedly of the latter variety, what can be expected of Liriano in 2012?
Jeffrey
Tomich
April 05, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Freddie Freeman (1B, ATL) delivered a solid rookie season, mixing a decent batting average with good power and run production. If not for teammate Craig Kimbrel (RHP, ATL), he'd have a Rookie of the Year trophy to show for his work. Now Freeman has established a baseline for expectations. Is there also room for growth?
Dave
Adler
April 04, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Detroit may be less than 400 miles from Milwaukee, but it might as well be a parallel universe for Prince Fielder (1B, DET). Not only will he be facing a slate of pitchers he hasn’t seen very often, but he’s also going to have to adjust to a change in venue.
Dave
Adler
April 02, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
When the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre (3B, TEX) before the start of the 2010 season, it looked like Michael Young (3B, TEX) would be relegated to a life as a full-time DH. But injuries allowed Young to play all over the field, and he turned in another fine year at the plate. Young is a pillar of good health, but his results haven’t been consistent:
Syndicate content