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  1. 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
  2. AL's defensive winter moves

    Mark Simon

    Today, Buster Olney rated the top defensive teams in the majors. We thought we'd take the time to look at the offseasons for each team from a defensive perspective. Here's our American League look. AL East Blue Jays: The transition from J.P. ...

    Blog | December 29, 2013
  3. 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
  4. Machado is your 2013 Web Gem champ

    Mark Simon

    Roy Absalon/USA TODAY SportsManny Machado will reign supreme in Web Gems for 2013. Web Gems are fun. Players like them. Fans like them. There's no reason not to like them. They've been a staple on "Baseball Tonight" since the term was coined by th...

    Blog | September 20, 2013
  5. Wednesday's wild card story: Clutch hits

    Mark Simon

    There were three highly entertaining games on Wednesday night that played a significant role in the AL Wild Card race. While the Kansas City Royals- Cleveland Indians game was decided early, the contests between the Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red S...

    Blog | September 19, 2013
  6. Crisp thriving at putting ball in right spot

    Mark Simon

    Who leads the majors in home runs over the last 12 days? It's not currently injured Detroit Tigers third baseman Miguel Cabrera or Baltimore Orioles slugging first baseman Chris Davis. The leaderboard is headed by a player of considerably smaller ...

    Blog | September 02, 2013
  7. Hunter also brings the power for Orioles

    Mark Simon

    AP Photo/Gail Burton Tommy Hunter has been huge for the Orioles' bullpen this season. On Thursday, we wrote about the New York Yankees' David Robertson and his work as the game's best setup man. The Baltimore Orioles have found a Robertson of ...

    Blog | August 24, 2013
  8. Simmons on path to all-time great year on D

    Mark Simon

    Stop if you've heard this before: The Sweet Spot Defensive Player of the Month for June is Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. This marks the second straight month that Simmons has won in our voting, and the third time he's won since the s...

    Blog | July 02, 2013
  9. Johnson, Rodney unable to finish hitters

    Mark Simon

    Lefties are hammering Jim Johnson recently. For the second straight day, one of the dominant AL East closers in 2012 blew a multi-run lead in his team's defeat. In each case, this is part of a trend. Baltimore Orioles closer Jim Johnson record...

    Blog | May 26, 2013
  10. Defensive player of month: Manny Machado

    Mark Simon

    We've brought back the Defensive Player of the Month Award for the 2013 season, and our choice for April, Orioles third baseman Manny Machado, was in the ESPN spotlight with a pair of stories on Tuesday. Defensive Player of the Month April Resu...

    Blog | May 02, 2013
  11. The year in MLB heat maps

    Mark Simon

    With 2012 about to come to a close, we thought we'd take one more look at the baseball season. We'll do so both in words and with heat maps-- visual images that may bring back a memory, or tell you something about the greatness of a particular mom...

    Blog | December 31, 2012
  12. Orioles return to Gold Glove glory

    Mark Simon

    Getty ImagesMatt Wieters, J.J. Hardy and Adam Jones were rewarded for their defensive prowess this season. The Baltimore Orioles returned to winning in 2012 and they returned to their successful past in putting a trio of players on the Gold Glove wi...

    Blog | October 30, 2012
  13. W2W4: ALDS Game 4

    Mark Simon

    Let's focus entirely on the matchups in this game, as there are some good ones involving Yankees hitters heading into Game 4. Phil Hughes Matchups To Watch Hughes made three starts against the Orioles in the Bronx this year -- two bad and one goo...

    Blog | October 11, 2012
  14. W2W4: ALDS Game 3

    Mark Simon

    For more things to watch for, check out these pieces on the challenges posed by Miguel Gonzalez and the struggles of Alex Rodriguez. Hiroki Kuroda vs. the Orioles The biggest key for Kuroda could be his pitch location against the Orioles' lineup....

    Blog | October 10, 2012
  15. Gonzalez poses challenge to lefties, A-Rod

    Mark Simon

    The Yankees have a little bit of a problem on their hands. Yankees vs. Miguel Gonzalez Notable Hitters H-AB K Eric Chavez<< 3-6 2 Raul Ibanez<< 2-6 1 Ichiro Suzuki<< 2-6 1 Nick...

    Blog | October 09, 2012
  16. W2W4: ALDS Game 2

    Mark Simon

    Pettitte's Camden Yards History Much of this was done against different lineups, but Andy Pettitte has pitched well in his last four starts at Camden Yards (the most recent was in 2010). In them, he's allowed four earned runs and 17 hits in 27 2/3 i...

    Blog | October 08, 2012