Facts & Flukes

Matthew
Cederholm
July 16, 2012 11:02 PM GMT
Andrew McCutchen is your first-half MVP, but that's in the past now. What does the second half hold in store?
Dan
Becker
July 15, 2012 11:03 PM GMT
After injuries plagued him throughout 2011, Alex Rodriguez (3B, NYY) took drastic steps to improve his health in preparation for the 2012 season. One trip to see Kobe Bryant's doctor in Germany later, Rodriguez has managed to stay in the lineup consistently, but his spotty production has been the real problem...
Jeffrey
Tomich
July 11, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Vance Worley (RHP, PHI) started strong his rookie season with a sub-3.00 ERA through June. He may have tailed off a bit as summer wore on, but an ERA just over 3.00 set expectations high for his sophomore season. The 24-year-old hasn't disappointed.
Dave
Adler
July 10, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Baseball royalty arrived in Detroit this past offseason when Prince Fielder (1B, DET) signed with the Tigers. With a starting gig in the All Star game, Fielder is clearly popular with the fans; he’s certainly added a solid bat to the Tigers’ lineup.
Brent
Hershey
July 09, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Our April analysis of Jason Heyward (OF, ATL) stated that a change in groundball/flyball ratio was necessary before the 22-year-old outfielder became the power stud that many had projected. Three hundred AB later, check that one off the to-do list.
Dan
Becker
July 08, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
In spite of rock solid skills, many wondered how Hiroki Kuroda (RHP, NYY) would fare after leaving the NL West for the rough and tumble AL East. Dodger Stadium is certainly more favorable to pitchers than the harsh confines of new Yankee Stadium, but you'd hardly know it looking at Kuroda's seamless transition into his new surroundings.
Jeffrey
Tomich
July 04, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
We may be halfway through 2012. But with the exception of his uniform colors and home ballpark, it seems very much like 2009 to Aaron Hill (2B, ARI). The veteran infielder is having a resurgent season, combining power with a .300 average and flashing some speed.
Dan
Becker
July 03, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Anaheim has assembled one of the premiere starting rotations in baseball and Ervin Santana (RHP, LAA) has been an important part of that collective. Yet after a strong performance in 2011, Santana has struggled with consistency this season and his numbers paint an unsightly picture...
Brent
Hershey
July 02, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
For whatever reason, it took some time for Mat Latos (RHP, CIN) to gain his bearings in Cincinnati after an off-season trade. As we head towards the second half, his 5.97 ERA and 35 BPV from April are a thing of the past.
Dan
Becker
July 01, 2012 11:04 PM 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...
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