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  1. Climb on our back, we'll carry you to the top

    Mark Simon & Lee Singer

    AP Photo/Jamie SquireMadison Bumgarner stands near the top of the best postseason pitching performers.Madison Bumgarner's postseason performance got us to thinking ... What are some of the other great recent examples of a pitcher (or a pitching tand...

    Blog | October 30, 2014
  2. Top stats to know: Bumgarner dominates

    Mark Simon

    With each instance of postseason dominance, Madison Bumgarner is moving higher and higher up the ladder of baseball's most elite performers on the biggest stage. Bumgarner and Brandon Crawford combined to carry the San Francisco Giants to a 5-0 wi...

    Blog | October 27, 2014
  3. Top stats to know: World Series Game 5

    Mark Simon

    The Royals and Giants will be playing for the lead in the World Series when they meet tonight in Game 5. Here are some of the statistical storylines our broadcast crew will be focusing on. What's at stake The Elias Sports Bureau notes that the...

    Blog | October 26, 2014
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  5. 'When the Garden was Eden' hits ESPN

    Mark Simon

    Originally published April 22, 2014; updated Oct. 21, 2014 Phil Jackson is known for giving homework assignments to his players and staff both during the season and in the offseason. So it wasn't a surprise that a screening of "When the Garden...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  6. Johnny Hekker named ESPN's punter of the week

    Nick Wagoner

    Each week, Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Information chooses a punter of the week based on that week's efforts. This week, the choice was rather obvious as Simon opted for St. Louis Rams punter Johnny Hekker. Hekker earned the acknowledgement in ...

    Blog | October 21, 2014
  7. How do you pitch to Pablo Sandoval?

    Mark Simon

    Pablo Sandoval is in a pretty good place these days. He has hit .326 this postseason, has reached base in each of his past 23 postseason games, and he's about to play in his third World Series in five years. Two years ago in the Fall Classic, Sand...

    Blog | October 20, 2014
  8. How do you defend vs. Lorenzo Cain?

    Mark Simon

    Kansas City Royals outfielder Lorenzo Cain knows how to get you out. But how does a pitcher get Cain out? Cain is hitting .353 this postseason, with 12 hits in eight games. He won ALCS MVP honors partly by notching eight hits in the first three...

    Blog | October 20, 2014
  9. Giants infield 'd' has been pretty good too

    Mark Simon

    USA TODAY Sports/Getty ImagesPablo Sandoval and Brandon Crawford have been valuable for their defense this postseason.The Kansas City Royals outfield defense has gotten a lot of press, and rightfully so, for its outstanding work this postseason. ...

    Blog | October 19, 2014
  10. Burning Questions: Best trade partners?

    Mark Simon

    The good thing for the Mets this offseason is that there are reasons for teams to talk trades with them. The Mets have a desirable commodity in young pitching talent and have a couple of apparent needs at shortstop and a corner outfield spot. Who...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  11. By the numbers: Which Cain catch is best?

    Mark Simon

    Patrick Smith/Getty ImagesThe metrics rate this catch by Lorenzo Cain as his best of the postseason. One of the nice things about advanced defensive metrics is that we can use them to calculate just how good a play a player made. You've seen some ...

    Blog | October 17, 2014
  12. Burning Questions: Who will be the Mets' biggest competitors in f...

    Mark Simon

    The problem for the New York Mets this offseason is that their needs coincide with the needs of other teams. Knowing the competition is an important part of decision-making, so we've culled out-of-town media reports and surveyed a few of our coll...

    Blog | October 16, 2014
  13. Burning Questions: Outlook for d'Arnaud?

    Mark Simon

    It was an interesting season for Mets catcher Travis d'Arnaud, one with plenty of good moments and bad moments both on offense and on defense, and one in which he dealt not just with a demotion, but with another injury, this one a bone spur in his el...

    Blog | October 15, 2014
  14. Andy Lee is ESPN's co-punter of the week

    Paul Gutierrez

    Andy Lee of the San Francisco 49ers has been named the NFL's co-punter of the week by ESPN Stats & Info's Mark Simon following Lee's performance against the St. Louis Rams on Monday Night Football. Following is Simon's explanation for the pick...

    Blog | October 14, 2014
  15. What would Pierzynski's impact be?

    Mark Simon

    Jayson Stark examined the storylines in play if Yadier Molina is healed enough to start in Game 3. But let's take a look at the impact of A.J. Pierzynski potentially starting, on a couple of different statistical fronts. As a fielder There is...

    Blog | October 13, 2014
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  17. Burning Questions: How good is Lagares?

    Mark Simon

    AP Photo/John MinchilloThis is the kind of swing the Mets like to see from Juan Lagares.Juan Lagares had a really good season in 2014. You could argue he was the Mets' most valuable player -- or, at the very least, one of their top three. Offense ...

    Blog | October 13, 2014
  18. Defensive storylines for the NLCS

    Mark Simon

    The San Francisco Giants-St. Louis Cardinals matchup may not have the pizazz of the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals in terms of outstanding defensive play, but there are a number of interesting things worth keeping an eye on. Both teams a...

    Blog | October 10, 2014