Facts & Flukes

Dan
Becker
September 16, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
When Brett Anderson (LHP, OAK) went under the knife for Tommy John surgery last summer, he had already established himself as a skilled pitcher with legitimate upside. The hope was that proper rehabilitation would allow him to pick up where he had left off. Anderson moved through the rehab process without issue and worked his way back to the big leagues in August. So far the results have been terrific.
Jeffrey
Tomich
September 12, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
The path to playing time for Norichika Aoki (OF, MIL) was uncertain at best this spring amid a crowded Milwaukee outfield. But injuries and inconsistent results from teammates have led to opportunity and Aoki has taken advantage. In fact, he's tied for second on the club in SBs and boasts one of the better batting averages among Brewers regulars.
Dave
Adler
September 11, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
After two 30/30 seasons in three years, Ian Kinsler (2B, TEX) was a popular choice early in many 2012 drafts. While he’s put up some decent stats, he’s not met the expectations of owners who took him as early as the second round.
Brent
Hershey
September 10, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
In early May, we raved about how although he had a high ERA, Adam Wainwright's (RHP, STL) skills show no effect from his 2011 Tommy John surgery. Now in mid-September, Wainwright's season is even more impressive.
Dan
Becker
September 09, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Of the many interesting baseball stories coming out of Baltimore these days, the quiet breakout performance of Wei-Yin Chen (LHP, BAL) continues to fly under the radar...
Jeffrey
Tomich
September 05, 2012 11:04 PM 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 04, 2012 11:04 PM 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 03, 2012 11:04 PM 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 02, 2012 11:04 PM 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 29, 2012 11:04 PM 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.
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