- Is Jake Lamb's value still in question?
When Torey Lovullo was hired as manager of the Arizona Diamondbacks, one of the early remarks that was made centered around Jake Lamb. In that, Lovullo stated that Lamb would be the team's everyday
- Bucking the Trends
- The Small Things Do Matter: Lack of Hustle by the Cubs
- The Cubs’ Season Depends on Jake Arrieta's Slider
It says something when a pitcher wins 18 games, records a 3.10 ERA, and people are still left wondering what went wrong. Nevertheless, that's the case for Jake Arrieta and his 2016 season. Because
- Fact-Checking Jake Arrieta
, and of his 87 pitches, just 53 were strikes. Jake Arrieta started for Chicago, and of his 98 pitches, just 55 were strikes.
Tough game to watch, all around. So, rather than dissect the game, let's
- What Separates Jake Arrieta From Trevor Bauer?
If you attempted to characterize the starters for Game Two of the World Series merely by arsenal alone, you might end up somewhere you didn't expect: the same place. Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta
- Pinpointing the Moment Jake Lamb's Season Changed
and finish last in the NL West.
You'd think that Jake Lamb offensive exploits would be among the club's few points of pride this season. In 2015, Lamb recorded a 91 wRC+; he's raised that figure
- Jake Lamb's Ugly Second Half
I'm a big fan of Jake Lamb. This is likely well known throughout the land at this point. And in the first half of the season, boy, did Lamb justify every bit of praise that was showered upon him. He
- The Sleeper and the Bust Episode: 385 – If Only His Name Was Jake
- Jake Arrieta Has Developed a Problem
Any Cubs fan could tell you Jake Arrieta just doesn't seem quite right. This has been the case for a number of weeks, or months, and we've touched on it before. It's funny to think about the hand
- Scouting Jake Thompson and Other Phillies Prospects
I'll be in California for the next few days at the Area Codes and some Cal League stuff, but below are some thoughts on three Phillies prospects I've seen recently, including Jake Thompson, who
- Greg Garcia & Jake Smolinski: Deep League Wire
is that he's set for some additional playing time in the wake of the Peralta injury and he's a classic "won't hurt you" type of acquisition.
Jake Smolinski | OF OAK | 1% Owned
Unless you're a hardcore
- Jake Lamb's Revamped Swing Made Him an All-Star (Snub)
It's important to note, considering the title of this post, that Jake Lamb is presently not a member of the National League All-Star team. It's certainly not for lack of production. Lamb's played
- Jake Arrieta's Been Off for Several Weeks
people start to worry. Over his last...I don't know, eight starts, Jake Arrieta has a 3.77 ERA. He's allowed a slugging percentage of .331. This is Jake Arrieta in a rut. I mean, this really is Jake
- Jake Arrieta's Elevated Walk Rate
When looking at Jake Arrieta’s season thus far, it’s really hard to complain. His 1.74 ERA and 0.98 WHIP are virtually indistinguishable from his 2015 combo of 1.77/0.86. Expanding out further
- Jake Fishman On His Draft Process, Gaining Velocity, and Spin vs. Location
name like football star Russell Wilson for some good publicity. The selection might lead you to believe that Jake Fishman is a little crafty lefty who tosses batting-practice fastballs.
- Jake Lamb vs. Chip Hale & Left-Handed Pitching
in the Southwest has had more success accompany it than that of Jake Lamb, who we've already discussed among the third base group on one occasion earlier this season. In that post, I listed Lamb
- Jake Arrieta's Dominant, Dreadful Start
CHICAGO -- Cubs ace Jake Arrieta continued his year-long run of brilliance on Sunday afternoon, striking out 12 batters with one walk in a 3-2 home loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks.
- The Tampa Bay Rays and the Advantages of Pulling the Ball
- Colin Moran & Jake Marisnick: Deep League Wire
Jake Marisnick | OF HOU | 1% Owned
Carlos Gomez's placement on the disabled list opens up the center field job and Marisnick figures to be the primary beneficiary. You might remember him
- The Case For Jake Arrieta as the Most Dominant Pitcher of All Time
focusing on because it's the number we saw in Mr. Sullivan's article. I could not find a better or equal stretch of dominance, based on ERA-, over 22 games, than Pedro's going back to 1969...until Jake
- How Defensive Metrics Might've Saved Jake Arrieta's No-Hitter
in and out, too, and thanks to new Statcast data, this is the kind of thing we're starting to see measured and quantified.
Enter Dexter Fowler. Fowler was the center fielder behind Jake Arrieta
- Effectively Wild Episode 868: Jake Arrieta is Reaganing
Ben and Sam banter about this spring's Tommy John toll, tanking, Barry Bonds, closer erosion, and a replay wrinkle, then discuss the dominance of Cubs starter Jake Arrieta.
- Jake Arrieta: King of Weak Contact
, he also happens to throw 95.
Of course, we're talking about Jake Arrieta, who threw another no-hitter last night, this one coming just 14 starts after his first no-hitter, back on August 30th
- Jake Lamb: A Viable Option in the Desert
following since before the season started is Jake Lamb. Perhaps more than anyone else, Lamb has emerged as that guy behind Goldschmidt, and is suddenly becoming a viable fantasy option at the hot corner
- Jake Odorizzi's Search for a Third Pitch
Useless and true: Jake Odorizzi is currently the major league's pitching WAR leader. He's made one start! Danny Salazar has made zero starts. All this means is that Odorizzi's first start was a good
- Jake Lamb on Being a Gap-to-Gap Diamondback
Jake Lamb is off to a solid start in the production department. The left-handed-hitting third baseman homered in Arizona’s opener, and he doubled in game two. There’s more where that came from. Lamb
- Lefty Jake DeVries Gives Air Force a High Draft Follow
the program is entering unchartered territory thanks to two pitchers in junior left-hander Jake DeVries and junior right-hander Griffin Jax, each of whom will command more scouting attention this spring than
- The Sleeper and the Bust Episode 303 – Corey Dickerson/Jake McGee Trade
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- Jake Odorizzi: A Budding Craftsman on his Development
Jake Odorizzi is a wanted man. The 25-year-old right-hander is reportedly a trade target for multiple teams this offseason. It’s easy to see why. Last year, in his second full season with the Tampa
- Jake Arrieta Is Probably Okay
Last night, the Cubs saw their ace, Jake Arrieta, give up four runs in five innings in their Game Two loss to the Mets. Given how recently he seemed completely impossible to hit, it was bit jarring
- Jake Arrieta: NL Contact Manager Of The Year
them past the Pirates in the wild card game, ace starter Jake Arrieta.
These Cubs have been built quickly, and have excelled in many talent procurement areas. Hitting on high-end position player
- Jake Arrieta Stole a Base
, and the release was violent, paroxysmic. Rodriguez thought of nothing other than resolution through his fists.
Wednesday night, at nearly the exact same time, Jake Arrieta's anger was provoked. That which
- Air Force Lefty Jake DeVries Flying Under the Radar
Few teams have had the opportunity to evaluate Jake DeVries, but industry folks who are familiar with the Air Force junior left-hander tell me why Four Corners scouts will want to put eyes on him
- Jake Arrieta's Sweet... Sinker?
Jake Arrieta's multi-faceted single-grip slider is sweet, but he's had that for a while. There has to be something he changed to get better this year. There is something he's changed, actually. He's
- Jake Arrieta's Argument for the Best Season Half Ever
Sunday night, Jake Arrieta came within sniffing distance of doing the almost unthinkable. By which I mean, Arrieta made a serious bid to hit two home runs. He also, at the same time, flirted
- Jake Arrieta and the Rarity of a Pitcher Going Oppo
What the video here depicts is Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta -- not unlike an illusionist who's been hired to participate in orientation week at an area liberal arts college -- is Jake Arrieta
- Jake Arrieta Gets His Celebration
the reality that said pitcher is an ace. Jake Arrieta spun a no-hitter on Sunday, after having made several earlier attempts. Arrieta was a No. 1 before the weekend, but now he's more widely recognized as part
- NERD Game Scores: Jake Arrieta Awareness for America
some kind of regularity, about Cubs right-hander Jake Arrieta -- it's possible that the reason for this absence in their lives is because they don't particularly care for the sport of baseball
- Jake Arrieta's Mechanics: Learning from the Past
When we took a look at Jake Arrieta's multi-faceted slider on Wednesday, the pitcher gave credit to 'old-timers' for the idea to use his legs to deaden the pitch. It turns out, there's more old
- Jake Arrieta's One-Grip Multi-Slider
It has one grip, and one sign, but Jake Arrieta's slider has many shapes. Ask him if it's a slider or a cutter, and he says it's both, and more. As much as anything was the secret to his breakout
- Mock Battle: Zack Greinke vs Jake Arrieta ('s ADP)
- Steve Pearce, Jake Arrieta, And Information Gaps
years - without ever understanding why they were hitting well.
On the other side of the fence, I have Jake Arrieta penciled in as the 16th starting pitcher. The bullish pick is based off his strong
- Let's Look at Jake Arrieta and Collin McHugh and Then Let's Look at Their Elbows
First you establish that Jake Arrieta and Collin McHugh both soared to new heights due to throwing their breaking balls much more than they ever had before. Then you worry about their elbows.
- Jake Odorizzi: from Breakthrough to Breakout?
This past spring, Jake Odorizzi had an opportunity, but not much in the way of expectations from fantasy baseball players. He hadn’t yet been exceptional at anything. There had existed a decent
- Jake Peavy and the Third Time Through the Order
When Game Six of the World Series kicks of tonight, Jake Peavy will be on the mound for the Giants. Perhaps the biggest question of the night, however, will be how long he stays out there. Because
- Two Jake Peavys
Two different guys named Jake Peavy pitched in the Major Leagues in 2014. One made 20 lacklustre starts for the Boston Red Sox. He was hit hard and hit often and, strangely a little wild. His walk
- Building Jake Arrieta
Let's go back to 1920. Let's look at starting pitchers who threw at least 75 innings in consecutive big-league seasons. Relative to last year, Jake Arrieta's K-BB% has improved by 14 percentage
- Jake Peavy On Keeping Them Guessing
When Jake Peavy came into the league, almost 85% of his pitches were either a fastball or slider. Now? "I throw just about every pitch in the book at this point," the 33-year-old pitcher said
- Is This the True Jake Arrieta?
So far this season Jake Arrieta has looked like an ace, pitching to a 2.53 ERA which is over 2 points better than his career average. His K/9 is at a career high and his BB/9 are at a career low
- Jake Odorizzi and Alex Cobb: Two Pitches, One Grip
Jake Odorizzi arrived in the Tampa Bay organization with a slew of breaking balls, a decent fastball, and questions about his changeup. After more struggle with the change, he reached out to teammate
- Who is Jake Marisnick?
I've heard of Jake Marisnick. But when I read Mike Podhorzer's article this morning about speedsters available for the stretch run, I realized I had absolutely no idea what Jake Marisnick looks like
- Kevin Kiermaier is Jake Odorizzi’s Best Friend
. August Fagerstrom and Ben Duronio said it all in their recent real baseball and fantasy articles, respectively. This article is about Jake Odorizzi.
Odorizzi is owned in just 38 percent of Yahoo
- Jake Peavy Trades Clam Chowder for Garlic Fries
It's been a disappointing season for Jake Peavy, as he posted a 4.72 ERA with the Red Sox and although meaningless on its own, sported a rather hilarious 1-9 record. And it's not even like he
- Jake Odorizzi and the 2014 Value of the Trade
. And Jake Odorizzi, well..
- The Jake Peavy Deal: Giants and Red Sox Make Win-Win Trade
The Red Sox and Giants struck a Saturday morning near-trading deadline special, with Jake Peavy headed west in exchange for pitching prospects Edwin Escobar and Heath Hembree, with the clubs
- Jake Arrieta's Eight Worst Pitches from Monday
About a week ago, Jake Arrieta tried to throw a perfect game against the Cincinnati Reds. I mean, every pitcher is always trying to throw a perfect game, but Arrieta actually made a lot of progress
- Is Jake Arrieta the New Jesse Chavez?
Corey Kluber gave us Kluberization: the ditching of a bad four-seam for a better two-seamer. Dallas Keuchel gave us The Keuchel Excercise: the turfing of a bad curve for a better slider. Is Jake
- Should You Be Buying Jake Odorizzi?
Entering spring training, Jake Odorizzi did not have a starting rotation spot in hand. But then an elbow injury to Jeremy Hellickson opened up a spot and Odorizzi won out over Erik Bedard and Cesar
- Jake Marisnick & Anthony DeSclafani: Deep League Wire
aggressive about promoting prospects, which is great for fantasy leaguers in that they keep on providing us with a new shiny toy to analyze.
Jake Marisnick | OF MIA | CBS 8% Owned
- Jake Peavy Is Living on the Edge
Generally, when you think of Jake Peavy, you often think "Cy Young winner." But that was a long time ago. These days, Peavy lives on the edge between "effective enough" and "not fooling anybody." He
- Q&A: Jake Odorizzi, Tampa Bay Rays Pitching Prospect
Jake Odorizzi doesn’t have a signature offering. The 23-year-old right-hander doesn’t need one. He’s the top prospect in the Tampa Bay Rays organization thanks to solid command of a four-pitch mix
- Can Diamondback Jake Lamb Survive?
While this article became a study of a the California League's population, the concept began when I was thinking about Jake Lamb's prospect status. Lamb signed with the Diamondbacks last June and I
- Jake Peavy and Having to Throw a Strike
in, as six Tigers reached base and five Tigers scored. Jake Peavy walked three of 17 batters in his start, but they all came in the span of four batters, following a single. The first run the Tigers
- Q&A: Jake Peavy, Red Sox Pitcher
Jake Peavy has had a rollercoaster career. The 32-year-old righthander won the National League Cy Young award in 2007 while pitching for the San Diego Padres. A three-time all-star, he twice led
- Against the Grain, with Jake McGee
out and a fly out. Up came Ryan Raburn, and out came Joe Maddon, to replace Peralta with Jake McGee. Raburn is right-handed. Peralta is right-handed, and had thrown 16 pitches. McGee is left-handed
- Establishing The Inside With Jake McGee
About half-way through May, something strange was going on in Jake McGee's world. The 27-year-old reliever was giving up hits and home runs to left-handed hitters. For a lefty with 96 mph gas
- Q&A: Jake Thompson, Tigers Pitching Prospect
That his pitching coach considered limiting the number of breaking pitches he could throw in a recent outing says a lot about Jake Thompson. It isn’t because the highly-regarded Detroit Tigers
- Jake Peavy Lands in Boston
After weeks of speculation, Jake Peavy has finally been traded. He departs the windy city for the land of clam chowder and from a team going nowhere to one right in the thick of the AL East race
- The New Jake Peavy
Jake Peavy is about to join another team. Given Peavy's status as the best pitcher on the market, the move makes sense for the Chicago White Sox. Peavy's time with the franchise has been mixed. Early
- Jake Peavy Is Not Matt Garza, Might Be Better
pitching will likely now turn their attention to Jake Peavy.
Peavy doesn't have quite same reputation as Garza does, and he probably won't command the same kind of return. But if we actually
- American League Outfield Player Watch: Jake Elmore
Two things stand out while highlighting Jake Elmore as the American League outfielder this week. First, it should be noted that Elmore does not yet have outfield eligibility. That is in the works
- Daily Notes: In Which Andy Marte and Jake Fox Are Invoked
/ @SOMPatriots' Jake Fox/@BlueCrabs' Cyle Hankerd. Monster day #YorkRevs— Paul Braverman (@PaulBraverman) July 15, 2013
The discerning reader will recognize this tweet immediately as one which
- Jake Peavy’s Quiet Comeback
It has been 40 starts for Jake Peavy since the start of 2012 and his ERA is right at 3.35. While that is a far cry away from his Cy Young caliber seasons in the mid-2000’s, his consistency
- Jake McGee Drops Arm Slot, Elevates Game
After Aroldis Chapman, it's easy to argue Tampa Bay's Jake McGee was the league's best left-handed relief pitcher last season. He recorded a 1.95 ERA (third behind Chapman and Eric O'Flaherty
- Jake Peavy Loves His Defense
Drafting Jake Peavy last year was basically an after thought. Not much demand existed for a 31-year-old pitcher coming off a season with a near 5.00 ERA and shoulder issues. He was able to come back
- Q&A: Jake Marisnick, Marlins OF Prospect
The Miami Marlins acquired a lot of young talent in last night’s reported multi-player trade with Toronto. The most intriguing prospect heading south is 21-year-old centerfielder Jake Marisnick
- White Sox Re-Sign Jake Peavy for 2/$29M
Faced with a $22 million team option for 2013 or paying Jake Peavy a $4 million buyout and letting him hit free agency, the White Sox went with Door #3; re-sign him to an extension that lowers his
- It's a Jake Sale! AL Fantasy Cy Young
the staff votes, we have a tie between Chris Sale and Jake Peavy, thus the regrettable title of this piece. And it's not hard to see why we're divided.
Sale was perhaps less the known commodity
- Is Jake Peavy A Keeper?
Jake Peavy has been one of fantasy's biggest surprises this season. While Peavy had been an ace with the San Diego Padres, his time with the Chicago White Sox left quite a bit to be desired. Though
- Jake Odorizzi Has Arrived
-tiered starters with their low-5.00 ERA and grab yourself something young; something fresh and exciting. Get yourself some Jake Odorizzi.
While the Royals have long been out of playoff contention
- O's Sweep Rays, Jake McGee Sweeps O's
Rays reliever Jake McGee has, at this writing, struck out seven consecutive batters. McGee has not, as I was led to believe by a certain other distinguished FanGraphs author, struck out nine
- Jake Westbrook Extended
The St. Louis Cardinals and Jake Westbrook have agreed to an extension. The new contract is reportedly a one-year, $8.75 million contract for 2013 with a superfluous mutual option worth $9.5 million
- ottoneu Hot Right Now: Ryan Ludwick and Jake Westbrook
are few and far between. Instead, using the sortable fantasy leader boards, we'll look at two of the hottest players in the last 30 days.
Since July 20, Jake Westbrook has been the 20th most
- Can't Shake Jake (Arrieta)
they had a trio of young studs who were supposed to carry the franchise to new heights? Brian Matusz, Chris Tillman and Jake Arrieta were supposed to be The Future. Unfortunately, so were
- Jake Arrieta and Other AL SP Musings
that eventually the ERA will match it. Now for some American League starting pitcher talk...
I first talked about Jake Arrieta in early April when I noted his increased fastball velocity. I
- Jake Peavy: Buy or Sell?
Jake Peavy is back. After scuffling for nearly three season with the Chicago White Sox, it looks like Peavy may have finally returned to form. His performance has been so impressive that Peavy
- Three to Hold: Michael Cuddyer, Josh Willingham, Jake Peavy
. If he has 15 or so home runs by mid-June, that may be a better time to sell high on him to a team looking for power. For now, ride out the late-round draft choice as he builds his value.
- Discovery: Jake Peavy Is Remarkably Pleasant
video from last week of Chicago White Sox right-hander Jake Peavy discussing with equal parts enthusiasm and modesty a recent minor-league outing he made, which video reveals to anyone who cares to watch
- Jose Altuve, Jake McGee, Tyler Flowers: Mining the Minors
an immediate add in NL leagues, but I'm not ready yet to endorse him for shallower play, although I'd certainly keep my eye on him if I were in, say, a 14-team mixed.
Jake McGee, Rays RP
Talent Rating: 7
- Jake Arrieta's Breakout Year?
Jake Arrieta was drafted in the 5th round of the 2007 draft and moved up through the minors relatively quickly, making his Orioles debut in 2010. With sub-3.00 ERAs at three of his four stops down
- Jake McGee's Impending Debut
date. Keep an eye out in particular for Jake McGee to fill that vacancy.
The team set a precedent in 2008 using the disabled list trick to eventually place David Price on the playoff roster. He
- Cardinals Add Jake Westbrook, Lose Ryan Ludwick
heard that the Reds probably won't make a deal, which leaves the window open for St. Louis. Adding Jake Westbrook could be a move that helps propel them to the Central crown.
The Cardinals have
- Jake Fox to the O's
Baltimore Orioles acquired DH/1B?/3B?/OF?/C? Jake Fox from the Oakland Athletics for RHP Ross Wolf and cash.
In the article linked to above, Baltimore president of baseball operations Andy
- Jake Fox and the As' Roster Crunch
[Author's note: slightly modified to correct my bad arithmetic]
I recently wrote about Oakland's roster, but there is one thing I didn't get to: the fate of Jake Fox. Assuming that the As go
- Jake Fox to the A's
As a Chicago Cub, Jake Fox was a swing-from-the-heels slugger without a defensive home.
The 6-0, 210 pound Fox roamed around the diamond in the minors, logging time at catcher, first base
- Projecting Jake Peavy
-plagued looking for a fresh start. Petco wishes to help you (sorry, Mark Prior: even the Happiest Pitching Place On Earth has its limitations).
Until July of 2009, right-hander Jake Peavy enjoyed
- Free Jake Fox
For the sake of Pacific Coast League pitchers, can the Cubs call up Jake Fox already? The 26-year-old first baseman is hitting .429/.513/.968 through 150 plate appearances for Iowa, which
- Can Jake Peavy Bounce Back?
Jake Peavy has an ADP of 45 and is the sixth-highest rated starting pitcher by this ranking. On first glance, that seems a tad optimistic for a guy who saw his win total drop by nine and his ERA
- Jake Peavy Ks 16 Batters in Loss
Last night Jake Peavy struck out 16 batters in the Padres 3-1 loss to the Braves. The last time anyone struck out 16 or more was way back in September of 2004 when Mark Prior mowed down 16 Reds