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The six foot four, 240 pound southpaw Clayton Richard appears as the prototypical big league hurler. A scout’s dream fresh off the assembly line. A veteran of nine on again-off again injury-interrupted MLB seasons mostly with the Padres, he has only surpassed the 200-inning threshold twice (2010 & 2012) and has suffered season ending shoulder surgeries in 2011 and 2013. 1,117 more words

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The All-Adjustment Team: Outfield

Typically, when you hear the phrase, “Good eye!” on a baseball field, it means the batter has correctly made the split-second decision to not swing at a ball outside the strike zone. 707 more words

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The Decline of Jonathon Lucroy

Coming off a career season in which he led all MLB catchers in WAR with 4.6 wins above replacement and paced backstops with a .362 wOBA, all Lucroy just needed an average season to bring home a contract in the ilk of the 3 year, 60 million dollar deal that Yadier Molina signed this April. 2,119 more words

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Zach Davies Is an Anchor

Zach Davies has never made a top 100 prospects list. He has never topped 92 mph on the radar gun. Yet, when he was traded from the Baltimore Orioles to the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for Gerardo Parra, it turned out to be a deal that Orioles GM Dan Duquette would always regret. 821 more words

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Sabermetrics: FIP

In honor of last week’s almost perfect game by Dodgers lefty Rich Hill, I decided to dedicate this week’s sabermetrics post to FIP (Fielding Independent Pitching), which was created in order to predict the ability of a pitcher to prevent runs independent of the actuality of his team’s fielding. 479 more words

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Sorry, Rougned Odor. You're Just Not That Good.

I fully understand why some people might believe that Rougned Odor is franchise corner piece type player. Surely, his own team think as much as the Rangers gave the then 22 year-old second baseman a 6 year, 49.5 million dollar contract extension this spring. 1,141 more words

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