Facts & Flukes

Dave
Adler
June 20, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Back in the halcyon days of 2010, it was often noted that if Curtis Granderson (OF, NYY) could only hit left-handed pitching, he would break out with a banner campaign. That happened in 2011, and Granderson’s power onslaught continues this year.
Brent
Hershey
June 19, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Hard to believe that the midpoint of June has passed and Cliff Lee (LHP, PHI) still sports a zero in the win column. Unlike some of his Phillies teammates, there are no concerns about Lee from a skills perspective.
Dan
Becker
June 18, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
After a career year that finally paired his superior skills with terrific results, James Shields (RHP, TAM) entered 2012 with high expectations. And while he's been effective, Shields hasn't performed as many expected...
Jeffrey
Tomich
June 14, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
In 2010, little-heard-of Andres Torres (OF, NYM) took over the CF job at AT&T Park and provided some surprising offensive punch for San Francisco's playoff run. Two years later, Gregor Blanco (OF, SF) is trying to come from nowhere and fill the same role. And so far he's doing a good Torres impersonation.
Dave
Adler
June 13, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
When Andy Pettitte (LHP, NYY) walked into the sunset after the 2010 season, it looked like he had ended his career with 240 wins. But retirement apparently didn’t set well with Pettitte, who returned to the mound this spring. Even with a year off, he hasn’t skipped a beat.
Brent
Hershey
June 12, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Jay Bruce (OF, CIN) entered the season with high expectations—coming off his first 30-HR season, good xBA trend, still just 25—but a .229 May BA raised some questions. But he's back to his old stroke in the first 10 days of June.
Dan
Becker
June 11, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
In parts of the past three seasons, Michael Brantley (OF, CLE) gave the impression that he is most effective in a platoon role. This season, however, Brantley is showing he may have been shortchanged by this assessment and has taken advantage of fulltime duties...
Jeffrey
Tomich
June 07, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
There are many reasons for the Mets surprising start. On the surface, Dillon Gee (RHP, NYM) isn't one of them. With a 4-3 record and 4.69 ERA, he seems to be charting a similar course to last year. Look deeper, though, and good things are happening.
Dan
Becker
June 06, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Whether it was an early slump or a product of the brisk weather of early Spring, it took Dayan Viciedo (OF, CWS) a while to get going. But starting around mid-May, Viciedo has not only been productive, he's been tearing the cover off the ball...
Brent
Hershey
June 05, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
Johan Santana (LHP, NYM) secured his place in Mets history with his no-hitter on Friday night. But even before his stellar outing, Santana had looked fully recovered from the shoulder concerns that kept him out of action in 2011.
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