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  1. Improved fielding helped lift Keuchel

    Mark Simon

    There were a number of factors in Houston Astros pitcher Dallas Keuchel's major improvements in 2014. Keuchel went from a 5.15 ERA in 2013 to a 2.93 ERA in 2014 by increasing his ground-ball rate and posting considerably better ratios in strikeou...

    Blog | November 03, 2014
  2. Kinsler leads the Tigers in many ways

    Mark Simon

    Ian Kinsler has been a pretty good get for the Detroit Tigers. KinslerKinsler had the go-ahead home run in the ninth inning as the Tigers rallied to beat the Houston Astros on Saturday. The Tigers are loaded with star power between Miguel Cab...

    Blog | June 28, 2014
  3. What's the best pitched game in Rangers history?

    Mark Simon

    Yu Darvish's no-hit bid in his last start got us to thinking. What is the best performance by a starting pitcher in the history of the Texas Rangers? Bill James has a stat that allows us to check- Game Score- which credits a pitcher with points f...

    Blog | May 16, 2014
  4. Write it up: Collin McHugh's success story

    Mark Simon

    Bob Levey/Getty ImagesCollin McHugh has been in some kind of zone in his first two starts of 2014.Houston Astros pitcher Collin McHugh is one of the most interesting pitchers in baseball, and not just because he's 2-0 with an 0.59 ERA in two starts f...

    Blog | May 02, 2014
  5. Machado is your 2013 Web Gem champ

    Mark Simon

    Roy Absalon/USA TODAY SportsManny Machado will reign supreme in Web Gems for 2013. Web Gems are fun. Players like them. Fans like them. There's no reason not to like them. They've been a staple on "Baseball Tonight" since the term was coined by th...

    Blog | September 20, 2013
  6. W2W4: Wilmer Flores' debut

    Mark Simon

    Late Monday, the New York Mets recalled infielder Wilmer Flores from Las Vegas, where he was hitting .321 with 15 home runs and 86 RBIs and had arguably been one of the top players in the Pacific Coast League. The league is very hitter-friendly, s...

    Blog | August 06, 2013
  7. Second half: Five reasons to watch

    Mark Simon

    Here are five reasons for optimism as the Mets get set to start the second half of the season. 1. They look like a different team: Since the June 18 doubleheader in Atlanta, the Mets are 16-10, have outscored the opposition 127-98 and have gone 7-...

    Blog | July 17, 2013
  8. MLB All-Star Game memories

    Mark Simon

    A collection of former All-Stars share their thoughts on playing in the Midsummer Classic.

    Story | Conversation | July 11, 2013
  9. Young enjoying his son's success

    Mark Simon

    Getty ImagesEric Young Sr. (left) and Eric Young Jr. deployed similar skills in their playing careers.When Eric Young Jr. was a kid growing up in Piscataway, N.J., following the Bobby Bonilla-led Mets of the early 1990s, he would call his dad in Colo...

    Blog | June 24, 2013
  10. Harvey's 2013 forecast: Not quite 2012

    Mark Simon

    Listen to the hype on New York sports-talk radio or talk to a rabid Mets fan, and you'll hear about the high expectations for Matt Harvey in 2013. Those are based on the results Harvey got in his 10-start, 59 1/3 inning debut in 2012, in which he ...

    Blog | April 03, 2013
  11. Positive for Mets OF: Likely not worst ever

    Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information

    Doug Jones/USA Today SportsMaybe it won't be so bad for Collin Cowgill, Jordany Valdespin and company. The 2012 Mets outfield has a chance to be the worst among major league teams since ... last season? Reports of this Mets outfield rating among...

    Blog | March 26, 2013
  12. How they won: Nelson Figueroa beats USA

    Mark Simon

    Tom DiPace/WBCI/MLB Photos/Getty ImagesNelson Figueroa was in control on Friday night. The last time Nelson Figueroa won a major-league start was October 3, 2010 as a member of the Houston Astros against the Chicago Cubs. Figueroa's line in Frid...

    Blog | March 15, 2013
  13. ESPN Stats & Info: Lance Berkman a solid DH

    Richard Durrett

    Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Information dug up some numbers on Lance Berkman in a post here. Here are a few of the nuggets they found: * Berkman was a .323 hitter with a .909 OPS and six home runs in 39 games (130 at-bats) as a designated hitter in...

    Blog | January 07, 2013
  14. Alvarez owns Cardinals, but no one else

    Mark Simon

    Everyone but the Cardinals seems to know how to get Pedro Alvarez out.There is perhaps no player in baseball whose performance against one team has been as significant this season as Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Pedro Alvarez has been against the...

    Blog | August 29, 2012
  15. Standing tall for Marlins, Mets, others

    Jason McCallum and Mark Simon, ESPN Stats & Information

    As we enter the third month of the season, here are some notes on the current major-league baseball standings that struck us as interesting: • There are 19 teams with a .500 or better record right now. That sounds more impressive than i...

    Blog | June 04, 2012
  16. Podcast: Awards winners, early signings

    Eric Karabell

    The gang got back together for the final November edition of the Baseball Today podcast, as Mark Simon and I spoke about myriad offseason matters and welcomed a special guest! 1. ESPN senior writer Jim Caple shares his stories off the offseason bo...

    Blog | November 29, 2011