Facts & Flukes

Dan
Becker
April 09, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Another season, another crossroads in the volatile career of Francisco Liriano (LHP, MIN). Whether due to injury or ineffectiveness (sometimes both), Liriano seems to constantly vacillate between success and disaster. Coming off a season that was decidedly of the latter variety, what can be expected of Liriano in 2012?
Jeffrey
Tomich
April 05, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Freddie Freeman (1B, ATL) delivered a solid rookie season, mixing a decent batting average with good power and run production. If not for teammate Craig Kimbrel (RHP, ATL), he'd have a Rookie of the Year trophy to show for his work. Now Freeman has established a baseline for expectations. Is there also room for growth?
Dave
Adler
April 04, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Detroit may be less than 400 miles from Milwaukee, but it might as well be a parallel universe for Prince Fielder (1B, DET). Not only will he be facing a slate of pitchers he hasn’t seen very often, but he’s also going to have to adjust to a change in venue.
Dave
Adler
April 02, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
When the Rangers signed Adrian Beltre (3B, TEX) before the start of the 2010 season, it looked like Michael Young (3B, TEX) would be relegated to a life as a full-time DH. But injuries allowed Young to play all over the field, and he turned in another fine year at the plate. Young is a pillar of good health, but his results haven’t been consistent:
Jeffrey
Tomich
March 29, 2012 12:01 AM GMT
Rickie Weeks (2B, MIL) started quickly last year, earning his first All-Star selection with a .283-14-33 first half. But like so often in the past, injuries derailed his season. Now 29, Weeks will be counted on to help pick up the offensive slack following Prince Fielder's (1B, DET) departure.
Dave
Adler
March 28, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
In a spring training battle for a roster slot? Just make a good early impression—like hot-hitting Ryan Raburn (2B/OF, DET), who’s vying for the Tigers’ opening day second base position. Despite the start, Raburn has fairly one-dimensional the past few years.
Brent
Hershey
March 27, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
After a troubling 2010 in which leg injuries limited him to a career-low of AB, Jimmy Rollins (SS, PHI) headed into his 2011 walk season playing for a new contract. He did enough to secure at least three more seasons in Philadelphia, though his skills have decidedly flattened out in recent seasons.
Jeffrey
Tomich
March 24, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
Josh Collmenter (RHP, ARI) was called to fill in as Arizona's fifth starter early last year and ran with the opportunity, posting a sub-3.00 ERA and a WHIP below 1.00 in the season's first half. He wasn't quite as good from July on, but kept the job. But does Collmenter have the skills to merit fanalytic consideration?
Dan
Becker
March 23, 2012 1:04 AM GMT
In a lineup full of more veteran boppers, Brett Gardner (OF, NYY) provides some youth and zip on the bases. Gardner has become a great asset to the Yankees because of his speed and defense, but is there room for more growth in his game?
Jeffrey
Tomich
March 22, 2012 2:04 AM GMT
Joey Votto (1B, CIN) faced a tall order last year—expectations that he would repeat his 2010 MVP and career highs in average, home runs, RBIs and SBs. Instead, his numbers were down across the board, though still very good. Does last season make a new benchmark for which to base expectations?
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