Facts & Flukes

Dan
Becker
July 02, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
There were many questions about the Red Sox at the outset of the 2012 season and the matter of whether or not Alfredo Aceves (RHP, BOS) could handle the closer's role was prominent among them. Boston still has its share of issues as a franchise, but they have also found their closer...
Jeffrey
Tomich
June 28, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Big things were seen in James McDonald's (RHP, PIT) future when he was a prospect in the Dodgers' farm system. But it is only now, at age 27 and in his third year with the Pirates, that he's finally delivering on the expectations with a 2.19 ERA and 0.95 WHIP through his first 14 starts.
Dave
Adler
June 27, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
With 16 wins and an ERA slightly north of 3.00, Dan Haren (RHP, LAA) had a successful year in 2011. Much was expected going into this season, but he’s not met those expectations.
Brent
Hershey
June 26, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Many of the pre-season questions about Hanley Ramirez (3B, MIA) were focused on his co-existence with new teammate Jose Reyes (SS, MIA). But while he seems to have taken to the positional switch and has remained healthy, his numbers are now the concerning thing.
Dan
Becker
June 25, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
To this point in his career, Elvis Andrus (SS, TEX) has distinguished himself with his strong speed and defense. Yet in 2012, Andrus is impacting games in Texas at the plate as well. Can Andrus stay hot all summer?
Jeffrey
Tomich
June 21, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
It appeared in mid-May that the wheels had finally fallen off for Alfonso Soriano (OF, CHC). The former All-Star was batting .230 with nary a home run. But something apparently clicked, and he has been among the NL's hottest bats since then with 12 HRs and a near-.300 average.
Dave
Adler
June 20, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Back in the halcyon days of 2010, it was often noted that if Curtis Granderson (OF, NYY) could only hit left-handed pitching, he would break out with a banner campaign. That happened in 2011, and Granderson’s power onslaught continues this year.
Brent
Hershey
June 19, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Hard to believe that the midpoint of June has passed and Cliff Lee (LHP, PHI) still sports a zero in the win column. Unlike some of his Phillies teammates, there are no concerns about Lee from a skills perspective.
Dan
Becker
June 18, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
After a career year that finally paired his superior skills with terrific results, James Shields (RHP, TAM) entered 2012 with high expectations. And while he's been effective, Shields hasn't performed as many expected...
Jeffrey
Tomich
June 14, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
In 2010, little-heard-of Andres Torres (OF, NYM) took over the CF job at AT&T Park and provided some surprising offensive punch for San Francisco's playoff run. Two years later, Gregor Blanco (OF, SF) is trying to come from nowhere and fill the same role. And so far he's doing a good Torres impersonation.
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