Facts & Flukes

Dan
Becker
July 23, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Many pitchers continue to try, but the only thing capable of shutting Dustin Pedroia (2B, BOS) down apparently is injury. Pedroia remains one of the AL's top second basemen, but his struggle with a thumb injury this season has cut into his production significantly...
Jeffrey
Tomich
July 19, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
There's a litany of reasons why Philadelphia is pulling up the rear in the NL East, and Jimmy Rollins (SS, PHI) isn't among them. That said, the 33-year-old remains behind last year's pace for HRs and SBs and is swinging and missing at pitches with increasing frequency.
Dave
Adler
July 18, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
By taming the Red Sox last weekend with his fourth-straight PQS-5 performance, David Price (LHP, TAM) became the first 12-game winner in the AL. Price “stumbled” a bit in 2011 with a 12-13 record, but he seems to have recovered the form that led to a 19-6 record and second place finish in the Cy Young race in 2010.
Matthew
Cederholm
July 17, 2012 12:02 AM 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 16, 2012 12:03 AM 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 12, 2012 12:04 AM 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 11, 2012 12:04 AM 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 10, 2012 12:04 AM 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 09, 2012 12:04 AM 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 05, 2012 12:04 AM 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.
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