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  1. Angels' bullpen struggles continue

    Buster Olney

    An evaluator mentioned to me earlier this week that the Angels' bullpen is the worst he has seen on that team in 20 years. I disagree, but his point was that the team lacks relievers who consistently throw strikes and get ahead in the count. His w...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  2. Mets' struggles creating value

    Buster Olney

    The New York Mets' loss Friday was the 87th of their season. And it was a really important loss. With that defeat, the Mets moved back into position to have the No. 10 pick in the 2014 draft -- and if this holds over the last two days of the regul...

    Blog | September 28, 2013
  3. Astros' season highlights incentive to tank

    Buster Olney

    Let's make one thing very clear at the start of this conversation about what is so wrong about the Houston Astros: It's all but impossible to find someone who believes they will struggle in the years ahead. "They're going to be good," said a r...

    Blog | September 24, 2013
  4. Los Angeles Angels' problems were highlighted in marathon loss to...

    Buster Olney

    The Angels took another brutal loss last night in 19 innings against the A's, writes Buster Olney. Most alarming were the continued struggles of Josh Hamilton, who was 0-for-8 and is now hitting .202.

    Blog | Conversation | April 30, 2013
  5. Handling a closer's slump no easy feat

    Buster Olney

    If a starting pitcher has a couple of bad starts, Milwaukee Brewers general manager Doug Melvin mused Tuesday, he can always work on some stuff in side sessions in the bullpen. There is time for process, and progress. If a hitter struggles, he can c...

    Blog | April 10, 2013
  6. John Axford, Jim Henderson and the trouble with handling slumping...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney talks to Brewers GM Doug Melvin, who explains why it's so tough to deal with a slumping closer.

    Blog | Conversation | April 10, 2013
  7. Jose Bautista's struggle with umpires headed in bad direction - M...

    Buster Olney

    Unless Jose Bautista can get his feelings about umpires under control, Buster Olney writes that his constant complaining could hurt the slugger.

    Blog | Conversation | April 05, 2013
  8. Mike Trout is working on what he thinks is his one major weakness...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney looks at Mike Trout's one "weakness," and also looks at Roy Halladay's struggles and some disagreement among two former Tampa teammates.

    Blog | Conversation | April 04, 2013
  9. Houston Astros betting on patience, while Oakland gets deep - MLB...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes about how the Houston Astros are in the midst of an almost historic teardown of the organization. They figure to be bad, but they also must hope fans will be patient enough to stick around.

    Blog | Conversation | February 05, 2013
  10. Ripple effects of Choo-Bauer deal

    Buster Olney

    Executives cling to highly talented young pitchers these days like family heirlooms, precious and almost irreplaceable. Big-market teams like the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees sometimes struggle to gain access to those types of pitchers because...

    Blog | December 12, 2012
  11. Three-way trade featuring Shin-Soo Choo, Trevor Bauer, Drew Stubb...

    Buster Olney

    The three-way trade featuring Shin-Soo Choo, Trevor Bauer, Drew Stubbs and Didi Gregorius will have major impact beyond the teams involved, writes Buster Olney.

    Blog | Conversation | December 12, 2012
  12. The Diamondbacks must decide whether to trade Justin Upton - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Kevin Towers and the Arizona Diamondbacks are at a crossroads with Justin Upton. Trade now and they may get maximum return. Hold him and he may bounce back, or continue to struggle.

    Blog | Conversation | November 09, 2012
  13. Mike Trout is making history as opponents struggle to find holes ...

    Buster Olney

    The run Mike Trout is currently on is unprecedented for any big league player, let alone a rookie. As Buster Olney writes, teams are having a hard time finding flaws in Trout's game.

    Blog | Conversation | July 23, 2012
  14. How Scott Rolen can still help the Reds

    Buster Olney

    CINCINNATI -- Scott Rolen returned to the dugout Sunday after taking batting practice to grab a cup of water on a muggy summer evening, and he talked about his struggles at the plate. His left shoulder has been a pin cushion for doctors, and so he&#0...

    Blog | July 16, 2012
  15. Scott Rolen still has something to contribute to the Cincinnati R...

    Buster Olney

    It's been a battle for Scott Rolen, who has missed time due to injuries and watched a younger player perform in his absence. But as Buster Olney writes, Rolen can still contribute to the Cincinnati Reds' push for the playoffs.

    Blog | Conversation | July 16, 2012
  16. Cole Hamels, Shane Victorino could be put on trading block if Phi...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that the Phillies have already tried to gauge teams' potential interest in Cole Hamels and Shane Victorino, so if they continue to struggle they'll have a sense of what the trade market is for both players.

    Blog | Conversation | May 12, 2012