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  1. Why Justin and B.J. Upton have struggled - MLB

    Justin Havens

    Justin Havens looks closer at the struggles this season from B.J. and Justin Upton in Atlanta. He sees their declining production against pitches up in the zone a concern for the Braves.

    Story | Conversation | August 20, 2014
  2. Los Angeles Angels miss the strike zone like no other team - MLB

    Mike Petriello

    Los Angeles Angels pitchers are missing the strike zone at an historic rate, writes ESPN Insider's Mike Petriello.

    Story | Conversation | April 24, 2014
  3. Milwaukee Brewers Carlos Gomez, Arizona Diamondbacks Gerardo Parr...

    Doug Mittler

    In ESPN The Magazine's Money Issue, Doug Mittler writes that as new defensive metrics gain relevance in MLB, bargain players like Carlos Gomez and Gerardo Parra won't be underpaid for long.

    Story | Conversation | April 16, 2014
  4. Clayton Kershaw's uncertain timeline

    Buster Olney

    SAN DIEGO -- Clayton Kershaw wants to maintain the five-day regimen that has defined his professional life, and Sunday was the day he was supposed to take the mound, stare toward home plate and cut up the strike zone with his slider and curveball and...

    Blog | March 31, 2014
  5. Andrelton Simmons has a chance to surpass Ozzie Smith as the best...

    Paul Swydan

    Paul Swydan explains why Andrelton Simmons has a chance to surpass Ozzie Smith as the best defensive shortstop ever.

    Story | Conversation | March 17, 2014
  6. How Davis developed into an elite hitter

    Buster Olney

    BALTIMORE -- Chris Davis was anxious at the plate against CC Sabathia on Friday, chasing pitches out of the strike zone, perhaps in the way that he did in those frustrating days when he was with the Texas Rangers. During that game, Robinson Cano reac...

    Blog | June 30, 2013
  7. How to neutralize Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper at th...

    C.J. Nitkowski

    C.J. Nitkowski examines how to best pitch Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper. Given his stellar balance and pitch recognition, pitchers must use off-speed stuff to get ahead in the count before attempting to finish Harper off with high heat.

    Story | Conversation | April 29, 2013
  8. Roy Halladay is ready to dominate again for the Philadelphia Phil...

    Teddy Mitrosilis

    Teddy Mitrosilis explains why Roy Halladay can dominate again for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2013.

    Story | Conversation | March 04, 2013
  9. Josh Hamilton is crushing everything, which means pitchers must a...

    Buster Olney

    Josh Hamilton is doing things we've never seen before, and yet opposing pitchers continue to feed him pitches to drive. As Buster Olney writes, it's time to try one last option before walking him: expand the strike zone.

    Blog | Conversation | May 13, 2012
  10. Yoenis Cespedes' tremendous potential

    Buster Olney

    Billy Beane is still dealing with the changes in time zones, working in a nap when he can. But any sleepiness he has felt hasn't dulled the first impression from Yoenis Cespedes' debut in the big leagues this week. "He's got no fear...

    Blog | April 01, 2012
  11. Billy Beane likes what he sees from Yoenis Cespedes - MLB

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that Billy Beane has been impressed so far with young slugger Yoenis Cespedes.

    Blog | Conversation | April 01, 2012
  12. Mike Napoli flying high

    Buster Olney

    ARLINGTON, Texas -- As recently as this past spring, Mike Napoli thought of himself as someone who struggled against high fastballs. Hitters like to look for pitches up in the strike zone because the chances for doing damage are greater, he explained...

    Blog | October 24, 2011
  13. MLB - Mike Napoli tweaked his swing to get to high pitches, and i...

    Buster Olney

    Buster Olney writes that a small tweak in Mike Napoli's swing has enabled the Rangers catcher to handle high pitches a little easier, and it paid off in a big way in Game 4. Plus, notes on Derek Holland and offseason news around MLB.

    Blog | Conversation | October 24, 2011
  14. New York Mets' Lucas Duda still a raw hitter but has nice power p...

    Jason Grey

    Jason Grey offers scouting updates of rookie sluggers Lucas Duda and Paul Goldschmidt, and addresses Jason Heyward's struggles at the plate.

    Blog | Conversation | August 15, 2011
  15. MLB: Starlin Castro has been impressive this year, but he still h...

    David Golebiewski

    David Golebiewski of FanGraphs analyzes the future of the Cubs' Starlin Castro. He's playing extremely well already, but if he learns to take more pitches outside the zone, he could be a special player.

    Story | Conversation | June 19, 2011
  16. Atlanta Braves Jonny Venters needs to be owned in all fantasy lea...

    Jason Grey

    Jason Grey has a closer look at the Braves' Jonny Venters, the top pure relief pitcher on the Player Rater this season despite just three saves.

    Blog | Conversation | June 13, 2011