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  1. Johnson back to 2013 form

    Mark Simon

    Remember last season when Atlanta Braves third baseman Chris Johnson came out of nowhere to contend for a batting title? Johnson After a slow start, Johnson is on another big tear. He's hitting .366 in his past 23 games after registering two...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  2. Jason Heyward June's top defender

    Mark Simon

    AP Photo/Todd Kirkland Jason Heyward has provided many moments of frustration for opposing hitters. Perhaps you saw it not long ago on "Sunday Night Baseball," one defensive whiz robbing another, with Jason Heyward coming in to make one impressiv...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  3. Notes on D: Best on groundballs

    Mark Simon

    We've done some work in this space recently related to the efficiency of various defenses when it comes to turning different batted ball types into outs. This week, we decided to look specifically at groundballs to see which teams rate best and wo...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  4. Notes on D: Examining Puig, Heyward

    Mark Simon

    After making a catch against the New York Mets on Tuesday night, Dodgers right fielder Yasiel Puig fired a strike to the infield. A moment later, he realized that his catch ended the inning -- a harmless mistake, but perhaps indicative that Puig is s...

    Blog | May 21, 2014
  5. Rosenthal hasn't been what he was in 2013

    Mark Simon

    The St. Louis Cardinals were on the verge of sweeping the Atlanta Braves on Sunday and Cardinals manager Mike Matheny decided to gamble, using his closer Trevor Rosenthal for a fourth straight day and for the fifth time in a six-day stretch. T...

    Blog | May 18, 2014
  6. Giants winning with pitching/power combo

    Mark Simon

    What's to like about the San Francisco Giants, who are now 20-11 this season after sweeping the Atlanta Braves over the weekend? The Giants are winning on the strength of one thing that's to be expected of them-- pitching- and another that's a bi...

    Blog | May 04, 2014
  7. First-month defensive star: Troy Tulowitzki

    Mark Simon

    AP Photo/Barry GutierrezTroy Tulowitzki's month was filled with great play after great play.Colorado Rockies shortstop Troy Tulowitzki had a heck of a month, hitting .364 with seven home runs and a 1.205 OPS. But you don't get to 3.0 Wins Above Re...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  8. Defensive notes: Rockies, Heyward, Hunter

    Mark Simon

    Perhaps you caught regular Insider contributor Mike Petriello's article on the Indians defensive struggles on FanGraphs. It's worth a read (and a watching of the videos within the piece) and it also served as inspiration for a look at some of the ...

    Blog | April 24, 2014
  9. Series review: Mets net one win

    Mark Simon

    The New York Mets salvaged the series finale from the Atlanta Braves with their marathon win on Sunday. Here are some of the statistical highlights from the weekend. The Grandy Man Can ... and Does Curtis Granderson's walk-off sacrifice fly mark...

    Blog | April 20, 2014
  10. Early trends: Bruce, Fielder, Rizzo, Heyward

    Mark Simon

    We've reached the point in the season where the first calls are coming into sports-talk radio. You know the kind. The ones that say "Bench (fill in the blank), he's terrible" or "(fill in the blank) is finally going to be a star." But there are us...

    Blog | April 15, 2014
  11. Against all odds: HR for Uggla, W for Avilan

    Mark Simon

    The reports of Dan Uggla's baseball departure were perhaps a tad premature. One of the kookiest games of the 2014 season had a goofy conclusion, with Uggla hitting a grand slam in the ninth inning against fill-in closer Jake Diekman to give the At...

    Blog | April 14, 2014
  12. Series recap: Young a road sparkplug again

    Mark Simon

    Eric Young Jr. continues to be a dominant player for the New York Mets once he gets out on the road. Young was 3-for-5 with three stolen bases and four runs scored in Thursday's 6-4 win over the Atlanta Braves. He's the first player with three hit...

    Blog | April 10, 2014
  13. Freeman has a Chipper-esque quality

    Mark Simon

    The New York Mets had two issues in their 4-3 loss to the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday. They could not solve Ervin Santana as Dave Schoenfield notes in the Sweet Spot blog and they could not get either Jason Heyward or Freddie Freeman out. The Heyw...

    Blog | April 09, 2014
  14. NL's defensive winter moves

    Mark Simon

    Today, Buster Olney rated the top defensive teams in the majors. We thought we would take the time to look at the offseasons for each team from a defensive perspective. Here's our National League look: NL East Braves: The big change for Atlanta ...

    Blog | December 29, 2013
  15. The lament of Cabrera and Fielder

    Mark Simon

    When the Detroit Tigers look back on the opportunities they bungled in the 2013 ALCS, their biggest regrets on the offensive side are going to be the strikeouts by Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder with one out and runners on first and on third, trai...

    Blog | November 04, 2013
  16. Best defender of 2013: Andrelton Simmons

    Mark Simon

    Pouya Dianat/Atlanta Braves/Getty ImagesAndrelton Simmons was baseball's best defender in 2013 with plays like this. Who was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2013? In our view, it's not a close call. The SweetSpot voting panel named Braves s...

    Blog | October 29, 2013