How much has Kyle Schwarber improved on defense?

BY MARK SIMON Kyle Schwarber had a rough re-acclimation to left field for the Chicago Cubs last year. He finished 2017 costing his team 9 runs defensively, which ranked fourth-worst among all left fielders. But in 2018, after a rough Opening Day, he’s flipped the script. His 5 Defensive Runs…

Mark Simon 05.25.2018
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Why not shift José Altuve?

By ANDREW ZENNER I was looking through our data to determine whether there were any hitters that may be strong “shift candidates” that are shifted against infrequently. One name stood out in my findings: Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. Let’s look at whether other elements of our data support…

Mark Simon 05.23.2018
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Johan Camargo’s improvements net him everyday role

By WILL HOEFER Braves’ Executive Vice President and General Manager Alex Anthopoulos called somewhat of a harried press conference on Sunday morning, in which he informed the media present at SunTrust Park that Jose Bautista had been released. The impetus for that decision, Anthopoulos noted, was to give Johan Camargo…

Mark Simon 05.21.2018
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The numbers behind Sean Manaea’s hot start

BY SPENCER HARRISON Sean Manaea is the owner of MLB’s only no-hitter this season. He is also the owner of the league’s second-lowest ERA (1.03), trailing only Johnny Cueto (0.84). Manaea is far from a slouch, but his current statline places him in company that most would consider aces. Sports…

Mark Simon 05.03.2018
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