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  1. Lagares wins Defensive Player of August

    Mark Simon

    AP Photo/John MinchilloThe eyes of Mets fans have been on the great glove of Juan Lagares. To assess the defensive abilities of New York Mets center fielder Juan Lagares, we called upon a former major leaguer whose defensive skills were also top-not...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  2. Holliday clutch even when numbers down

    Mark Simon

    St. Louis Cardinals outfielder Matt Holliday's performance may have declined a bit this season, but you can still count on him for a high second-half RBI output. A day after driving in five runs in a win over the Chicago Cubs, Holliday had four RB...

    Blog | August 31, 2014
  3. Matchup to watch: Gomes & Perez excel

    Mark Simon

    The Cleveland Indians and Kansas City Royals don't often find themselves under the "Sunday Night Baseball" spotlight. One of the other common bonds between these teams is how important the catchers are to their respective success this season. Indi...

    Blog | August 31, 2014
  4. The Rays' next ace: Alex Cobb

    Mark Simon

    To describe Tampa Bay Rays starting pitcher Alex Cobb's unusual windup, his pitching coach Jim Hickey has to actually go through the motion as he talks on the phone from his hotel room in Baltimore. "He has a lot of quirky things going on," Hickey...

    Blog | August 30, 2014
  5. The stats don't lie: Drop Jeter in the lineup

    Mark Simon

    There comes a point at which performance overrides reputation. But the Yankees have stubbornly clung to the idea that Derek Jeter should still be hitting in the top two spots in their lineup. It is extraordinarily tough to come up with any justif...

    Blog | August 29, 2014
  6. Petit's hook key to record success

    Mark Simon

    The San Francisco Giants might have found the X factor when it comes to their postseason hopes in starting pitcher Yusmeiro Petit. Yusmeiro Petit #52 RP San Francisco Giants 2014 STATS GM34 W4 L3 BB17 K96 ERA3.44 Petit not only se...

    Blog | August 29, 2014
  7. Andrelton Simmons still amazing on D

    Mark Simon

    Cue up the Ozzie Smith and Omar Vizquel comparisons one more time for Atlanta Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons. Simmons made one of the best defensive plays by an infielder this season, throwing out Travis d'Arnaud at first base from deep in the...

    Blog | August 28, 2014
  8. Meet the ace of the Nationals

    Mark Simon

    It was a little more than nine months ago in this space that we made a bold prediction that new Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister would be a good sleeper choice for the NL Cy Young Award. Fister doesn't have the dominance of Clayton Kersha...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  9. If you're gonna watch another team ...

    Mark Simon

    We've reached that part of the season where watching the Mets on a daily basis might not appeal to everyone, and thoughts have turned to roster planning for the 2015 season. If you're going to focus on other players, keep in mind that Troy Tulowit...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  10. Alex Gordon for MVP?

    Mark Simon

    The Kansas City Royals have an MVP candidate, albeit one without the super-flashy numbers. And now he has a signature hit, the kind that make differences in close races for division titles, like the one the Royals are locked in right now. Gordon...

    Blog | August 27, 2014
  11. Five reasons to keep watching the Mets

    Mark Simon

    Why watch the 2014 Mets for the rest of the season? It's a reasonable question given their performance and standing in the NL East -- and one for which we have five answers. 1. They've got awards potential Two Mets have legitimate shots at awar...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  12. Tillman stepping up into ace role

    Mark Simon

    Yes, the Baltimore Orioles hit five home runs in their win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night. But also noteworthy was the continued run of terrific pitching by Orioles starter Chris Tillman. TillmanTillman allowed one unearned run in se...

    Blog | August 26, 2014
  13. Cole brings the heat in return

    Mark Simon

    The most encouraging stat from the Pittsburgh Pirates' 3-2 comeback win over the Atlanta Braves on Wednesday night? It might have been Gerrit Cole's average fastball velocity -- 95.9 mph -- in his first start back from the disabled list. That was his...

    Blog | August 21, 2014
  14. Martinez surges, Nathan skids; both integral

    Mark Simon

    Detroit Tigers outfielder J.D. Martinez seems to be showing signs of breaking out of the three-week slump that caught him right out of the All-Star break. Martinez Martinez hit another late-game homer in the Tigers' extra-inning win over the Ta...

    Blog | August 20, 2014
  15. Lagares having phenomenal August on 'D'

    Mark Simon

    Mitchell Layton/Getty ImagesCatches like this home run robbery have become the norm for Juan Lagares.If the Mets aren't going to score any runs, at least they rate well at preventing them. And no one on the team rates better than Juan Lagares. It'...

    Blog | August 19, 2014
  16. LaRoche finally gets biggest type of hit

    Mark Simon

    Washington Nationals first baseman Adam LaRoche has been getting big hits all month. On Monday, he got the one big hit that had eluded him throughout his career. The Nationals won another kooky thriller by beating the Arizona Diamondbacks on LaRoc...

    Blog | August 19, 2014