Facts & Flukes

Matt
Gelfand
December 14, 2012 1:03 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 1:06 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 27, 2012 12:04 AM 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 26, 2012 12:04 AM 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?
Brent
Hershey
September 25, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
After repeating his 2011 narrative of showing up for spring training in 2012 not really ready to play due to knee discomfort, Chase Utley's (2B, PHI) was a big question mark. He looked sluggish and a far cry from one of the best second basemen in the game in 2011, but once he took the field in late June of 2012, he showed he still had some juice left.
Dan
Becker
September 24, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
For years now, owners could rely on CC Sabathia (LHP, NYY) as a workhorse for 230+ innings of elite performance every season. Sabathia has struggled at times this year, though...
Jeffrey
Tomich
September 20, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Since his 2008 breakout, Ricky Nolasco (RHP, MIA) has teased fanalytic owners with his big arm and stellar command only to disappoint when the final results were in. This season has largely been more of the same. But Nolasco has turned it on over the past month with a 2.61 ERA and a pair of complete game shutouts.
Dave
Adler
September 19, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
Practice excruciating patience. If you weathered the storm of Max Scherzer’s (RHP, DET) horrid April (7.77 ERA in five starts), you’ve been repaid for your virtue; he’s been lights-out since mid-June.
Brent
Hershey
September 18, 2012 12:04 AM GMT
While Washington's surprising season has been filled with headlines of Strasburg, Harper and a deep and talented pitching staff, one player has had a big contribution without much fanfare. But does anyone other than his owners know that the team leader in HR and RBI—by far—is one Adam LaRoche (1B, WAS)?
Dan
Becker
September 17, 2012 12:05 AM 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.
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