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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. Defensive storylines for the ALCS

    Mark Simon

    The ALCS will be a matchup of two of the premier defensive teams in baseball in the Baltimore Orioles and Kansas City Royals. The Orioles led the AL and ranked third in the majors in Defensive Runs Saved. The Royals ranked fourth in Defensive Runs...

    Blog | October 09, 2014
  14. Burning Questions: Is Lucas Duda for real?

    Mark Simon

    Well, I think we can all agree that keeping Lucas Duda was a good move, at least for the short term. Lucas Duda #21 1B New York Mets 2014 STATS GM153 HR30 RBI92 R74 OBP.349 AVG.253 Duda finished 2014 with 30 home runs and 3.7 Wi...

    Blog | October 08, 2014
  15. Stats to know: Cardinals advance to NLCS

    Mark Simon

    The St. Louis Cardinals did it again. That applies to a lot of different things that happened on Tuesday night. They've advanced to the National League Championship Series for the fourth straight time, the first team to do so since the New York...

    Blog | October 07, 2014
  16. Burning Questions: Who should close?

    Mark Simon

    For the first time in a long time, the New York Mets can feel good about their bullpen heading into a season, given the performance of young power arms Jenrry Mejia, Jeurys Familia and Vic Black last season. And with the potential return of Bobby...

    Blog | October 06, 2014
  17. How they won: Orioles advance to ALCS

    Mark Simon

    The Baltimore Orioles are headed to their first American League Championship Series since 1997. What were the keys to their sweeping the Detroit Tigers and what makes them dangerous moving forward? Three of them were on display in Game 3. Diff...

    Blog | October 05, 2014