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  1. Rizzo's power numbers obscure 'softer' side

    Jesse Rogers

    CHICAGO -- The National League home run leader must be crushing the baseball this season, right? Anthony Rizzo couldn't have set a career high in home runs already by slapping the ball all over the field. He couldn't have raised his batting average f...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  2. Pence gets exactly the pitch he needed

    Mark Simon

    Wednesday on ESPN.com, writers discussed the importance of Buster Posey and Pablo Sandoval to the San Francisco Giants' playoff chances. But let's not forget their wins above replacement leader, Hunter Pence. Hunter Pence #8 RF San Franci...

    Blog | July 24, 2014
  3. Like Colon, Mejia & Familia nearly flawless

    Mark Simon

    Bartolo Colon was flawless for much of the afternoon on Wednesday. Jeurys Familia and Jenrry Mejia have both been nearly as flawless for about the last month. The much-improved back end of the Mets bullpen got the last five outs in Wednesday's wi...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
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  5. Sandoval is Giants' most valuable defender

    Mark Simon

    If the San Francisco Giants do emerge as the top team in the NL West this season, Pablo Sandoval's defense at third base may be a difference-maker. Some may find that odd, but if you disregard his girth, study the numbers and watch a little film, ...

    Blog | July 23, 2014
  6. Lester looks like he's locked in

    Mark Simon

    If Jon Lester had appeal to a team contending before postseason, he's done nothing but increase that over the last few weeks. Jon Lester #31 SP Boston Red Sox 2014 STATS GM20 W10 L7 BB31 K142 ERA2.50 Lester is 5-1 with a 1.41 ERA ...

    Blog | July 20, 2014
  7. McCarthy's key: Getting Reds to chase

    Mark Simon

    Brandon McCarthy did a nice job keeping the ball low and got the Reds to swing at some bad pitches.Score one for Fielding Independent Pitching. And for smart pitching, as well. Brandon McCarthy made his Bronx debut with the Yankees a successful on...

    Blog | July 19, 2014
  8. Mets have room to improve in 2nd half

    Mark Simon

    If the Mets are going to make a post All-Star break push, it stands to reason they could improve in a number of areas. Here are a few that seem both noticeable and significant to us. Zack Wheeler's efficiency Wheeler closed out the first half...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  9. Betances a very worthy All-Star

    Mark Simon

    Mark LoMoglio/Icon SMIStaring down Dellin Betances from the batters box is not easy.One of the new stats that we sometimes like to use to evaluate a pitcher's performance is something called Win Probability Added. This is a number that judges a p...

    Blog | July 15, 2014
  10. What has made Murphy an All-Star?

    Mark Simon

    Charles LeClaire/USA TODAY SportsDaniel Murphy has been on the giving end of a lot of high-fives this season.New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy is an All-Star for the first time, and the honor is a legitimate one. Even if the situation didn't...

    Blog | July 14, 2014
  11. Bumgarner shows power ... with his bat

    Mark Simon

    Madison Bumgarner is making opposing pitchers pay for pitching him inside.Perhaps San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner would make for a suitable last-second entrant into Monday's Home Run Derby. Bumgarner became the second pitcher in maj...

    Blog | July 13, 2014
  12. Stats to know: Kevin Gausman vs. Yankees

    Justin Havens & Mark Simon

    One of the appeals of tonight's "Sunday Night Baseball" matchup between the New York Yankees and Baltimore Orioles will be the start for touted Orioles pitching prospect Kevin Gausman. GausmanLet's take a look at some of the things that our br...

    Blog | July 13, 2014
  13. Inside the numbers: Wright's hot streak

    Mark Simon

    The Mets have had myriad phrases over the years to describe hitters on good streaks, ranging from "The monster is out of the cage" (then-coach John Stearns on Mike Piazza) to "stupid hot," which has been a favorite term in the past for David Wright t...

    Blog | July 12, 2014
  14. Best outfield D? Don't forget the Marlins

    Mark Simon

    Earlier this week a New York sports-talk radio host convinced himself that the New York Yankees' outfield combination of Ichiro Suzuki, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner was the best in the majors. That's a hard sell, at least so far this season. ...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  15. Pirates' Harrison has proven hes legit

    Mark Simon

    You may think that Pittsburgh Pirates infielder/outfielder Josh Harrison is on the All-Star team simply because of his versatility in the field. But there's a pretty good case to be made that Harrison belongs on merit regardless of where he plays....

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  16. Red Sox, Royals, Dbacks overcome odds

    Mark Simon

    According to win probability data provided by the Elias Sports Bureau, three teams posted comebacks when faced with less than a 15 percent chance to win in their final at-bat on Wednesday. Let's run through those games and the players whose end-ga...

    Blog | July 10, 2014
  17. What a difference for d'Arnaud

    Mark Simon

    Travis d'Arnaud's heat map has a vastly different lookTravis d'Arnaud continues to look like a different hitter since his recall from Triple-A Las Vegas. d'Arnaud added another home run to his ledger and is now 15-for-50 (.300) with three home run...

    Blog | July 09, 2014