As the season wears on, Chris Archer’s struggles are becoming a legitimate concern for the Tampa Bay Rays. They sit in last place in an offense-heavy AL East, and have seen Archer both baffle hitters with his stuff, and baffle coaches with his execution. The strikeout totals are still there, although the K% isn’t quite as impressive. Without a doubt, walks and home runs have … Continue reading Chris Archer is Still Struggling, but Better Days Lie Ahead
After a dismal 2015 with the Chicago White Sox, Jeff Samardzija signed with the San Francisco Giants looking for a bounce-back year. Contract details aside, Samardzija justifiably worried fans with his performance last season, but playing with an improved defense behind him in a much more pitcher friendly park made a turnaround look possible, if not probable. Through two months with the Giants, Samardzija has … Continue reading Jeff Samardzija’s “New” Cutter
The Texas Rangers took somewhat of a chance on Ian Desmond over the offseason, inking him to a 1-year, $8 million deal to learn LF. Expectations were low after Desmond floundered in his contract year with the Washington Nationals, but obviously, he is now a key piece of a Rangers’ lineup with a lot of talent. We can talk about how good Ian Desmond has been … Continue reading Ian Desmond’s Offensive Resurgence Allows Rangers to Pursue Padres’ Tyson Ross
Under the tutelage of Seattle Mariners’ legend/hitting coach, Edgar Martinez, Leonys Martin has revamped his approach at the plate, showing confidence in his swing after a disappointing 2015; however, Martin has still struggled to overcome what has always been seen as limited offensive upside. With the Mariners’ front office championing a “control the strike zone” movement, Martin has found himself walking at a league average … Continue reading New Team, New Leonys Martin
Chicago Cubs’ closer Hector Rondon is off to an incredible start in 2016, even though he has been called upon somewhat infrequently for a surging Cubs squad. Rondon has improved each year since coming over to Chicago as a Rule 5 draft pick in 2013, and with some changes to his approach, Rondon is making 2016 look like a career year. After posting a 1.67 … Continue reading Hector Rondon is On His Way to a Career Year
Though 2016 has been disappointing so far for the Houston Astros as a club, continued contributions from the core of their offense is promising. Although the bats of some veterans like Carlos Gomez and Luis Valbuena have fallen completely flat, the performance of Colby Rasmus in particular, has been been one of a handful of bright spots. Rasmus, who has matched Jose Altuve’s .311 AVG, … Continue reading Who’s Afraid of Colby Rasmus?
With the first full week of baseball in the books, it seems like a good time to dish out some educated guesses, and look at this year’s crop of award-worthy talent. Note: Italics denotes first-time recipient AL MVP 1. Carlos Correa, SS (Houston Astros) 2. Mike Trout, CF (Los Angeles Angels) 3. Robinson Cano, 2B (Seattle Mariners) In spring training, we saw Robinson Cano turn back … Continue reading Correa and Harper headline 2016 MLB Awards Predictions