Matthew Leach has worked for MLB.com since 2001 and was the site's Cardinals beat reporter from 2002-11.
|If you're a Tigers fan who swears that your team has hit into some amazing bad luck this year, you're not wrong. By basically any measure, the Tigers have tattooed the ball this year. They just don't have the results to match. No team has hit into worse luck so far in 2017.
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|A year ago, Chris Sale reinvented himself. A great deal was made of it. He pitched to contact, prioritizing efficiency over dominance. And it worked. He reached a career high in innings and saw his pitches per plate appearance drop. It lasted all of a year. Sale is back to blowing hitters away, and he's better than ever at it.
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|It's nearly as common a Spring Training refrain as the ubiquitous "best shape of my life," though it usually starts being uttered a couple of weeks later.
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|Here's a look at 3 players enjoying early-season breakouts, and what Statcast™ says about the abilities, rather than just the numbers.
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|Mets general manager Sandy Alderson emphasized collaboration and communication as the keys for incorporating new ideas like defensive shifts and catcher framing at the annual Sloan Sports Analytics Conference on Saturday.