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The emergence of the sinker for Carlos Martinez

Six days ago, ESPN's Buster Olney published a piece titled, "Vote: Nastiest pitch in baseball?" Surprisingly, no pitch from Carlos Martinez's repertoire was included in Olney's poll. For those unwilling to click on the link, eight pitches were included, one of each being thrown by Carlos Carrasco (slider), Yu Darvish

Tyler Lyons has been one of MLB’s best relievers

Since my tweet declaring that Tyler Lyons wasn't good, the 29-year-old lefty has been one of the league's very best relievers. Beginning on July 7th, Lyons has faced a total of 33 batters, striking out 15 of them (45.45%; for perspective, Trevor Rosenthal has posted a 45.6% strikeout rate during this same

How the fastball powers Lance Lynn

The non-waiver trade deadline has passed, and Lance Lynn is still a member of the St. Louis Cardinals. Since 2012, Lynn has proven to be a valuable pitcher, but as a rental, his trade value was limited. Sure, Yu Darvish -- also a rental -- yielded a potentially underrated return for the

Good Michael Wacha is back?

On Tuesday, in his 99th career start, Michael Wacha threw his first career complete game shutout. Due to a pitch count nearing 100 through eight, some questioned leaving the injury-plagued 26-year-old in to finish out the ballgame. I was not one of them. Complete game shutouts (CGSOs) are a big deal

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