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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
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  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. Granderson hitting like an All-Star

    Mark Simon

    Daniel Murphy will be heading to the All-Star Game by himself next week. Curtis Granderson #3 RF New York Mets 2014 STATS GM86 HR13 RBI41 R42 OBP.350 AVG.234 If Curtis Granderson's first four weeks with the Mets hadn't gone th...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  16. Manny happy returns: Machado gets results

    Mark Simon

    Manny Machado owned the inner half of the plate Monday night.Though Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado is perceived to be struggling this season, he is still hitting the ball as hard as he did in 2013. Manny Machado #13 3B Baltim...

    Blog | July 08, 2014
  17. Samardzija gets a nice welcome from A's

    Mark Simon

    Jeff Samardzija's debut for the Oakland Athletics was a good one, one that resulted in a 4-2 win over the Toronto Blue Jays. SamardzijaSamardzija got a nice taste of what it will be like to be a member of the Athletics compared to being with the...

    Blog | July 06, 2014