Mookie showing off MVP form for Dodgers
The Dodgers are finally experiencing peak Mookie Betts. In his first two seasons in Los Angeles, Betts was certainly good, hitting .273 and slugging .511 from 2020-21. He had a stellar run as the Dodgers won it all in ‘20, hit .319 in the playoffs in '21 and played his...
Why Red Sox have 'never seen' J.D. like this
J.D. Martinez is in the Goldilocks zone of hitting. He's squaring up the ball just right.
With Rafael Devers, Trevor Story and the rest of the Red Sox offense firing around him -- Boston has been the best hitting team in baseball in May -- Martinez is hitting like vintage...
The book is out on Vlad Jr. Can he adjust?
The book is out on Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
Last year, Guerrero hit 48 home runs and finished second in the AL MVP balloting. He had one of the best hitting years in Blue Jays history, although that’s even too limiting; he had one of the best years by any 22-year-old...
Vladimir Guerrero Jr.
'We can't keep doing it': Phils fall after Harper's HR
ATLANTA -- It cannot keep happening. But it keeps happening.
Bryce Harper almost single-handedly carried the Phillies to victory on Tuesday night, but they blew a one-run lead on 10 pitches in the ninth for a 6-5 loss to the Braves at Truist Park.
Harper’s two-run home run to right...
3 years later, this trade has flipped in a BIG way
Sometimes, it becomes clear very quickly which team won a trade. Other times, it takes years to declare a winner. Then there are the rare deals where one team looks like the obvious victor, only for the script to flip.
The latter scenario describes this November 2019 trade between the...
Phils get rolling after Quinn's 99.9 mph assist
ATLANTA -- Roman Quinn won a game Sunday because he is one of the fastest players in baseball.
He helped the Phillies win on Monday night because he has one of the strongest arms in baseball.
The Phillies beat the Braves, 7-3, at Truist Park. It is their second consecutive...
How Goldschmidt has gotten even better in '22
When you've been in the Major Leagues as long as Paul Goldschmidt, you hit your way through a lot of trends in the game. And when you're as good a hitter as Paul Goldschmidt, you adjust to those trends and keep raking.
This time, the trend is one of the...
Breaking down Josh Bell's strong start to 2022
In his second season in D.C., Josh Bell has gotten off to a strong start, and it’s tough not to think back to his 2019 All-Star season, when he hit .302 in the first half.
After a big first half that also included 27 home runs that year, Bell went...
Stanton does this better than anyone, by a lot
The ball Giancarlo Stanton crushed at 114 mph in the top of the first inning on Thursday afternoon in Baltimore was unusual, at least in one respect.
Per Statcast’s calculations, the lined shot to left field would have been a home run in 29 of the 30 Major League ballparks....
Max Muncy's strange start is ... Bondsian?
Some strange, lopsided batting lines appear in the early going every season. This season is no exception, but even in that context, Max Muncy's is a doozy.
Just take a look at what the Dodgers infielder was slashing through his first 33 games of 2022: .163/.341/.298. That’s obviously not good,...