Facts & Flukes

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.
Brent
Hershey
April 30, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Though nearly all the pre-season Mets talk included some form of the word "doomsday," David Wright (3B, NYM) has kept the team respectable as the season's first month draws to a close. Of course, he's not going to hit .400 the rest of the way, but now healthy, has he again become a power/speed threat?
Dan
Becker
April 29, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
Last spring, the words most commonly associated with Matt Wieters (C, BAL) were "disappointment" and "overrated." All Wieters did was answer his critics by putting together a stellar second half and he's come charging out of the gate in 2012 as well. Is it time to call him a star?
Jeffrey
Tomich
April 25, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Expectations were high for Jose Tabata (OF, PIT) in 2010 and the highly touted rookie didn't disappoint, hitting .299 with 19 steals in 405 ABs. A string of injuries stifled his production in 2011. But Tabata is healthy again, and fanalytic owners are looking to the 23-year-old to regain his form.
Dave
Adler
April 24, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
In spring training, it looked like Nolan Reimold (OF, BAL) would be platooned with Endy Chavez (OF, BAL). While neck spasms have cost him a few games, a hot start has allowed Reimold to stay in the leadoff spot and see most of the playing time in left field.
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