Facts & Flukes

Jeffrey
Tomich
September 06, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
The Miami Marlins had high hopes for 2012 with a new ballpark and fat payroll, only to quickly see their season go up in smoke. If there's a silver lining to the year that wasn't, it's the emergence of younger players like Steve Cishek (RHP, MIA) who has jumped Heath Bell (RHP, MIA) to become the club's closer in August.
Dave
Adler
September 05, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
It looks like the Fountain of Youth is actually located in the Bronx. After Derek Jeter (SS, NYY) hit .260 in the first half of 2011, it looked like he was on the downside of his career. But after he got his 3,000th hit, he went on a tear—and he hasn’t slowed down since.
Brent
Hershey
September 04, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
When we last looked at Yovani Gallardo (RHP, MIL) in early May, he had an unsightly 6.08 ERA and 1.65 WHIP. Don't jump, we advised—and it turned out to be good advice.
Dan
Becker
September 03, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
After three straight injury-shortened campaigns where he continued to flash strong skills, it was hard to know if Jake Peavy (RHP, CHW) could find a way to improve his results while staying healthy over a full season. Peavy has succeeded on both counts so far in 2012 by avoiding the DL while translating strong skills into strong results...
Jeffrey
Tomich
August 30, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Oft-injured Carlos Quentin (OF, SD) missed the first two months of the season after going under the knife this spring to repair a knee. But since his return, he's pretty much been the slugging, slow-footed outfielder Padres brass thought they were getting when they traded for him last winter.
Dave
Adler
August 29, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Going into the 2011 draft, it all seemed so simple—Adam Dunn (1B/DH, CHW) had hit 38+ HR for seven straight years, and had moved to a hitter’s park. But it was not to be; Dunn and his anemic performance dragged down numerous fanalytic teams. Those who took a chance on a recovery this year have gotten a mixed bag of results.
Brent
Hershey
August 28, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
As the recipient of the richest contract ever offered to a relief pitcher, Jonathan Papelbon (RHP, PHI) entered 2012 with a lot to live up to. And through the first five months, he has done just that.
Dan
Becker
August 27, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Since his breakout season in 2010, some evaluators have been waiting for superstar Jered Weaver (RHP, LAA) to come back down to earth. Instead, the lanky righty has continued to baffle hitters and disappoint critics by posting excellent numbers and he's currently on track to post his second straight sub-3 ERA...
Jeffrey
Tomich
August 23, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Dexter Fowler (OF, COL) has been viewed as a five-tool threat since his early years in the Rockies farm system. But inconsistent play has frustrated owners still waiting on him to break out. Finally, there seems to be progress with Fowler batting over .300 with double-digit steals and home runs.
Dave
Adler
August 22, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
When Joe Mauer (C, MIN) signed his mega-contract in the spring of 2010, it looked like he’d be a mainstay behind the plate for years to come. But knee issues sidelined him for two months of 2011, giving Twins’ fans a scary look at life without him. While the Twins aren’t doing much winning this year, Mauer looks like he’s healthy.
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