Facts & Flukes

Matthew
Cederholm
May 16, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Carlos Beltran leads the NL in fantasy value produced per healthy knee. Is he back among the NL elite? If so, will he stay there?
Dave
Adler
May 15, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
2011 was quite a season for Justin Verlander (RHP, DET) - Cy Young award, Most Valuable Player, found the cure for cancer. OK, the last part didn’t happen, but after a year like that, what could he possibly do for an encore?
Brent
Hershey
May 14, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
When Tim Lincecum (RHP, SF) started the 2012 season by surrendering 16 ER in his first 13.2 IP, everyone chalked it up to small sample size. And since then, he has had some better outings. But after seven GS, the numbers have not yet recovered.
Dan
Becker
May 13, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
For the past three seasons, Robinson Cano (2B, NYY) has been one of the steadiest producers in baseball. His owners pay a premium for this consistency so Cano's slow start in 2012 has led to some understandable frustration. Is there something more happening here than just an early season slump?
Jeffrey
Tomich
May 09, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
In his prime, Juan Pierre (OF, PHI) used exceptional contact skills and blazing speed to wreck havoc on opposing pitchers. Now in his mid-30s and with his fifth team in eight years, Pierre is still deploying exceptional contact skills and good speed to disrupt opposing pitchers.
Dave
Adler
May 08, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Jose Bautista’s (OF, TOR) “black swan” moment began in September, 2009. From the beginning of that month to the end of last year, he hit 107 home runs. Fast forward to 2012, and it looks like Bautista’s plumage is beginning to fade.
Brent
Hershey
May 07, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Jose Reyes' (SS, MIA) first month-plus in South Florida hasn't been overly enjoyable. At right around .500, the team is playing worse than expected, and Reyes has yet to provide the spark a the top of their lineup.
Dan
Becker
May 06, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Blessed with exceptional ability and all five tools, Adam Jones (OF, BAL) has always had the ingredients for stardom. Yet through four MLB seasons, Jones has posted strong if unspectacular numbers leaving many evaluators speculating if there was another level he could reach as a player. So far in 2012, Jones is flirting with that elusive "next level."
Jeffrey
Tomich
May 02, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
[FREE] Lyle Overbay (1B, ARI) is on his third tour of duty in Arizona, where he broke into the big leagues a decade ago as the Diamondbacks first baseman of the future. Now 35, he's in a time share with Arizona's current first baseman of the future, Paul Goldschmidt (1B, ARI), and gaining more at-bats thanks to a hot start. Is Overbay still worth fanalytic consideration?
Dave
Adler
May 01, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
After piling up a 9-17 record with a 5.05 ERA last year, it’s not surprising that Derek Lowe (RHP, CLE) was traded during the off-season. Now in the last year of a four-year, $60M contract, Lowe has gotten off to a scorching start for the Indians.
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