Facts & Flukes

Dave
Adler
May 02, 2012 12:04 AM 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
May 01, 2012 12:04 AM 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 1:06 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 26, 2012 12:04 AM 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 25, 2012 12:04 AM 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.
Brent
Hershey
April 24, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Though he's been dogged a bit by injuries in his career, Troy Tulowitzki (SS, COL) hasn't let them slow him down. The 27-year-old just put up another fabulous season in 2011. How likely is it to continue?
Dan
Becker
April 23, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Some unfortunate breaks in the Boston outfield have thrust former top prospect Ryan Sweeney (OF, BOS) back into a prominent role. In spite of modest success in the past, Sweeney has not become the complete player he was thought to be...
Dave
Adler
April 18, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
[FREE] While the big news in LA this past offseason was the signing of some first baseman who’s supposed to be good, the Angels also solidified their starting rotation by signing C.J. Wilson (LHP, LAA). In his first two years as a starter, Wilson won 31 games and led the Rangers to consecutive World Series appearances.
Brent
Hershey
April 17, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Just a year ago, there were questions about Pablo Sandoval's (3B, SF) commitment level and whether a .300-25 HR season might ever be possible again. In 2011, he provided a firm answer.
Dave
Adler
April 16, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
After Coco Crisp (OF, OAK) spent over 200 days on the DL in 2009-10, expectations weren’t too high going into 2011. But he stayed healthy all year and posted some strong numbers. If he can stay on the field, Crisp is a good bet to deliver a repeat performance.
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