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  1. Phillies starters: Good news, bad news

    Bill Baer

    Below is a chart illustrating something that I found interesting about Roberto Hernandez's start on Sunday in the series finale against the Washington Nationals. It displays the number of pitches Hernandez threw in each zone: If you take that ...

    Blog | May 05, 2014
  2. Where did the Nationals go wrong?

    Bill Baer

    I got burned badly this year by the Washington Nationals, though thankfully I'm not alone. With the defending NL East champions coming off a 98-win season with a young rotation that looked to dominate again, I predicted they would represent the Natio...

    Blog | August 10, 2013
  3. NL players to watch

    Bill Baer

    Arizona Diamondbacks: Martin Prado Prado was the key player the Diamondbacks got in return for Justin Upton in a trade with the Braves last offseason. Since playing more or less every day at a number of positions from 2009-12 in Atlanta, Prado pos...

    Blog | July 18, 2013
  4. Teams should go with youth in bullpens

    Bill Baer

    When you think of the best bullpens, you likely think of the Cincinnati Reds and Atlanta Braves first and foremost. The two teams featured, by measure of ERA, the highest-quality bullpens in 2012 behind 24-year-old closers Aroldis Chapman and Craig K...

    Blog | February 16, 2013
  5. Ranking baseball's top five infields

    Bill Baer

    Having ranked the top five outfields and starting rotations in baseball, we now move onto infields. This is particularly intriguing because many of the infields feature some of the game's best young players, while the infields with the old standbys -...

    Blog | February 10, 2013
  6. Ranking the best starting rotations

    Bill Baer

    Continuing the theme started last week of ranking the top five teams at a given position, we move on to starting rotations. Unlike with outfields, there is a lot more room for debate and diverging methods of evaluation with pitchers. Do you consider ...

    Blog | February 02, 2013
  7. Vote: Who has baseball's best outfield?

    Bill Baer

    Justin Upton has been in the news all offseason, especially once the Arizona Diamondbacks needed to fix their outfield logjam after signing free agent Cody Ross. Rumors throughout the winter included both Upton and Jason Kubel, but Braves acquired th...

    Blog | January 27, 2013
  8. Cardinals thrive thanks to groundballs

    Bill Baer

    The St. Louis Cardinals have made a name for themselves as the team that never dies -- the "Cardiac Cardinals," if you will. Their late-series comeback against the Texas Rangers last year and their equally improbable Game 5 revival against the Washin...

    Blog | October 17, 2012
  9. LaRoche an underrated key for Nationals

    Bill Baer

    Across the majors, first base is the superstar position as it tends to have the best hitters in any given season. Just think of some of the stars in recent years: Albert Pujols, Adrian Gonzalez, Prince Fielder, Mark Teixeira, Ryan Howard. Each of the...

    Blog | August 02, 2012
  10. Bryce Harper can carry the load

    Bill Baer

    Imagine being universally despised by millions of people who have never met you -- millions of people hoping for your failure. Imagine the future of a franchise, one that finished in fourth or fifth place in its division in eight consecutive seasons ...

    Blog | June 13, 2012