Facts & Flukes

Dave
Adler
July 24, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
With a power surge in the second half of 2011, Billy Butler (DH, KC) was on many breakout lists going into this season. Sure enough, with over two months left, he’s close to matching his career high in HRs.
Brent
Hershey
July 23, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
It might be difficult to remember that just four months ago, Ryan Braun's (OF, MIL) 2012 season was a great unknown. Though he had a history of stable and elite skills, his performance level was stained (legitimately or not) by a PED allegation. How would this roto-god respond on the field?
Dan
Becker
July 22, 2012 11:05 PM GMT
Many pitchers continue to try, but the only thing capable of shutting Dustin Pedroia (2B, BOS) down apparently is injury. Pedroia remains one of the AL's top second basemen, but his struggle with a thumb injury this season has cut into his production significantly...
Jeffrey
Tomich
July 18, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
There's a litany of reasons why Philadelphia is pulling up the rear in the NL East, and Jimmy Rollins (SS, PHI) isn't among them. That said, the 33-year-old remains behind last year's pace for HRs and SBs and is swinging and missing at pitches with increasing frequency.
Dave
Adler
July 17, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
By taming the Red Sox last weekend with his fourth-straight PQS-5 performance, David Price (LHP, TAM) became the first 12-game winner in the AL. Price “stumbled” a bit in 2011 with a 12-13 record, but he seems to have recovered the form that led to a 19-6 record and second place finish in the Cy Young race in 2010.
Matthew
Cederholm
July 16, 2012 11:02 PM GMT
Andrew McCutchen is your first-half MVP, but that's in the past now. What does the second half hold in store?
Dan
Becker
July 15, 2012 11:03 PM GMT
After injuries plagued him throughout 2011, Alex Rodriguez (3B, NYY) took drastic steps to improve his health in preparation for the 2012 season. One trip to see Kobe Bryant's doctor in Germany later, Rodriguez has managed to stay in the lineup consistently, but his spotty production has been the real problem...
Jeffrey
Tomich
July 11, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Vance Worley (RHP, PHI) started strong his rookie season with a sub-3.00 ERA through June. He may have tailed off a bit as summer wore on, but an ERA just over 3.00 set expectations high for his sophomore season. The 24-year-old hasn't disappointed.
Dave
Adler
July 10, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Baseball royalty arrived in Detroit this past offseason when Prince Fielder (1B, DET) signed with the Tigers. With a starting gig in the All Star game, Fielder is clearly popular with the fans; he’s certainly added a solid bat to the Tigers’ lineup.
Brent
Hershey
July 09, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Our April analysis of Jason Heyward (OF, ATL) stated that a change in groundball/flyball ratio was necessary before the 22-year-old outfielder became the power stud that many had projected. Three hundred AB later, check that one off the to-do list.
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