Facts & Flukes

Dave
Adler
February 01, 2013 12:02 AM GMT
Billy Butler's power breakout in 2012 is sure to get the noticed—can he deliver a strong encore performance? Plus profiles of Rick Porcello, Jason Bay, Brian Matusz and Andy Dirks.
Jeffrey
Tomich
January 25, 2013 12:03 AM GMT
It's fair to say that Kris Medlen was the most dominant pitcher in the majors over the final two months of 2012. But with sky-high expectations, can he produce similar results over a full season? Plus Nick Hundley, Neil Walker, Justin Ruggiano and Mike Leake.
Matt
Gelfand
January 18, 2013 12:03 AM GMT
Though he missed most of 2012, Brett Gardner's most valuable asset—his legs—remain in perfect working condition. Also looks at Adrian Beltre, Joe Blanton, David Murphy and Hector Noesi.
Brent
Hershey
January 15, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
Andrew McCutchen has a rough road to repeat 2012. Plus Matt Cain, Ike Davis, Donovan Solano and Juan Nicasio.
Dave
Adler
January 04, 2013 12:04 AM GMT
Does Adam Jones (OF, BAL) still have a growth spurt in him? Plus Ricky Romero, Mike Moustakas, Blake Beavan and Coco Crisp.
Jeffrey
Tomich
December 21, 2012 12:05 AM GMT
Can Ryan Ludwick (OF, CIN) fulfill the expectations of his new contract? Plus Alvarez, Niese, Martin and Samardzija.
Matt
Gelfand
December 14, 2012 12:03 AM GMT
After Jose Bautista posted a .302 batting average in 2011, should we be worried about last season's 1H decline (.241 BA)? Plus Alcides Escobar, Felix Dubrount, Brandon Morrow and Chris Carter.
Brent
Hershey
December 07, 2012 12:06 AM GMT
Tim Lincecum's (RHP, SF) 2012 metamorphosis from elite ace to a struggling back-of-the-rotation starter torpedoed many a fanalytic season. It's easy to say his 2013 outlook is much better than his 5.00+ ERA, but can we expect a full rebound?
Jeffrey
Tomich
September 26, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Expectations were high for Michael Bourn (OF, ATL) after the speedster piled up 174 stolen bases from 2009-2011. But with just days left this season, his SB total stands at 39—a big drop-off from last season's 61. In fact, he has just one SB in September after posting no fewer than seven steals every other month this year.
Dave
Adler
September 25, 2012 11:04 PM GMT
Nice season, Mike Trout (OF, LAA)—so, what do you have planned for an encore? Trout will definitely be one of the first players picked in 2013 drafts; the question is what are the odds that he can deliver a repeat performance?
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