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  1. Phillies starters: Good news, bad news

    Bill Baer

    Below is a chart illustrating something that I found interesting about Roberto Hernandez's start on Sunday in the series finale against the Washington Nationals. It displays the number of pitches Hernandez threw in each zone: If you take that ...

    Blog | May 05, 2014
  2. The big stories a year ago

    Bill Baer

    Four weeks into the 2014 season, we've already had plenty to talk about. The Diamondbacks have burst out of the gate as baseball's worst team. The Braves have had no issue moving on after losing Kris Medlen and Brandon Beachy to surgery, taking top b...

    Blog | April 25, 2014
  3. In praise of Adrian Beltre

    Bill Baer

    Last Tuesday night, Texas Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre knocked in both the game-tying and game-winning runs. His teammates spilled out of the dugout, mobbing him at home plate. It wasn't the first time Beltre was responsible for a Rangers vict...

    Blog | April 07, 2014
  4. Hamels sits, but no panic yet in Philly

    Bill Baer

    Phillies fans were already cautiously approaching a new baseball season when spring training began in mid-February. They know, as the pundits have repeatedly pointed out, that the team is old and worn down with its best days in the rear-view mirror. ...

    Blog | March 07, 2014
  5. MLB - Winter Forecast for teams in National League East

    Bill Baer

    Assessing what lies ahead this offseason for the Braves, Marlins, Mets, Phillies and Nationals.

    Story | Conversation | November 01, 2013
  6. Some big names who could be traded

    Bill Baer

    The playoffs are just a couple weeks from wrapping up, which means the hot stove gets turned up to 11. Or something. I might be mixing up my metaphors. There's nothing quite like the flurry of trade rumors and whispers of potential landing spots for ...

    Blog | October 18, 2013
  7. A roster the Yankees can win with in 2014

    Bill Baer

    If you can follow only one team -- other than your own, of course -- during the upcoming offseason, pick the New York Yankees. They will be turning over a large percentage of their roster -- some to retirement, some to free agency, some to, well, jus...

    Blog | October 11, 2013
  8. Lackey's remarkable Red Sox renaissance

    Bill Baer

    The Red Sox have enjoyed a number of incredible contributions this year. David Ortiz has hit as if he's 27, not 37, posting a .959 OPS. Jacoby Ellsbury stole more than 50 bases and played great defense. Koji Uehara was among baseball's most unhittabl...

    Blog | October 05, 2013
  9. Will Braves' strikeouts matter in playoffs?

    Bill Baer

    The Atlanta Braves finished with the third-highest strikeout rate among all 30 major league teams at 22.6 percent. The two teams to either side of them -- Astros and Twins ahead, Mets and Mariners behind -- all had terrible seasons. The Braves are al...

    Blog | September 30, 2013
  10. Keys to watch for in Reds-Pirates series

    Bill Baer

    The NL Central is the nexus of competitive baseball in the National League. Two of the Central's heavyweights, the Cincinnati Reds and Pittsburgh Pirates, will match up against each other over the weekend. With nine games left in the season, the Pira...

    Blog | September 20, 2013
  11. Maybe not the MVP, but Trout is awesome

    Bill Baer

    Mike Trout is 22 years old and wrapping up his second full season as a major leaguer -- and he's already well on his way to a Hall of Fame career. credits him as being worth 20 wins above replacement over his career. A player s...

    Blog | September 07, 2013
  12. Sizing up the division leaders

    Bill Baer

    As we look forward to September, we have a surprisingly accurate idea which teams will be sitting home when the postseason starts and which teams will be suiting up for October action. That doesn't mean that the last month is to be taken lightly. As ...

    Blog | August 31, 2013
  13. How to fix the Seattle Mariners

    Bill Baer

    In October 2008, the Mariners hired Jack Zduriencik as their new general manager, replacing Bill Bavasi and introducing what they hoped was a new and improved era of Mariners baseball. Zduriencik had been with the Brewers in one role or another since...

    Blog | August 23, 2013
  14. Despite RBI total, Votto is MVP candidate

    Bill Baer

    The appreciation of objective analysis in baseball has never been higher. Most clubs have an analytics department, or have at least added a couple of math whizzes who know the ins and outs of baseball stats to their payrolls. The Baseball Writers Ass...

    Blog | August 16, 2013
  15. Where did the Nationals go wrong?

    Bill Baer

    I got burned badly this year by the Washington Nationals, though thankfully I'm not alone. With the defending NL East champions coming off a 98-win season with a young rotation that looked to dominate again, I predicted they would represent the Natio...

    Blog | August 10, 2013
  16. Why Darin Ruf isn't really this good

    Bill Baer

    In his first 133 career plate appearances, Darin Ruf has been quite impressive. He has posted a .309/.395/.564 slash line, good for a .405 wOBA. To put that in perspective, there are only eight regulars in the majors -- out of the 151 with enough pla...

    Blog | August 07, 2013