Facts & Flukes

Dan
Becker
July 09, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
In spite of rock solid skills, many wondered how Hiroki Kuroda (RHP, NYY) would fare after leaving the NL West for the rough and tumble AL East. Dodger Stadium is certainly more favorable to pitchers than the harsh confines of new Yankee Stadium, but you'd hardly know it looking at Kuroda's seamless transition into his new surroundings.
Jeffrey
Tomich
July 05, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
We may be halfway through 2012. But with the exception of his uniform colors and home ballpark, it seems very much like 2009 to Aaron Hill (2B, ARI). The veteran infielder is having a resurgent season, combining power with a .300 average and flashing some speed.
Dan
Becker
July 04, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Anaheim has assembled one of the premiere starting rotations in baseball and Ervin Santana (RHP, LAA) has been an important part of that collective. Yet after a strong performance in 2011, Santana has struggled with consistency this season and his numbers paint an unsightly picture...
Brent
Hershey
July 03, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
For whatever reason, it took some time for Mat Latos (RHP, CIN) to gain his bearings in Cincinnati after an off-season trade. As we head towards the second half, his 5.97 ERA and 35 BPV from April are a thing of the past.
Dan
Becker
July 02, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
There were many questions about the Red Sox at the outset of the 2012 season and the matter of whether or not Alfredo Aceves (RHP, BOS) could handle the closer's role was prominent among them. Boston still has its share of issues as a franchise, but they have also found their closer...
Jeffrey
Tomich
June 28, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Big things were seen in James McDonald's (RHP, PIT) future when he was a prospect in the Dodgers' farm system. But it is only now, at age 27 and in his third year with the Pirates, that he's finally delivering on the expectations with a 2.19 ERA and 0.95 WHIP through his first 14 starts.
Dave
Adler
June 27, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
With 16 wins and an ERA slightly north of 3.00, Dan Haren (RHP, LAA) had a successful year in 2011. Much was expected going into this season, but he’s not met those expectations.
Brent
Hershey
June 26, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Many of the pre-season questions about Hanley Ramirez (3B, MIA) were focused on his co-existence with new teammate Jose Reyes (SS, MIA). But while he seems to have taken to the positional switch and has remained healthy, his numbers are now the concerning thing.
Dan
Becker
June 25, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
To this point in his career, Elvis Andrus (SS, TEX) has distinguished himself with his strong speed and defense. Yet in 2012, Andrus is impacting games in Texas at the plate as well. Can Andrus stay hot all summer?
Jeffrey
Tomich
June 21, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
It appeared in mid-May that the wheels had finally fallen off for Alfonso Soriano (OF, CHC). The former All-Star was batting .230 with nary a home run. But something apparently clicked, and he has been among the NL's hottest bats since then with 12 HRs and a near-.300 average.
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