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Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Imperfect Game

Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphsDetails

The fastest pitch Mark Buehrle threw Wednesday was just shy of 84 miles per hour. For Buehrle, in early April, that’s not out of the ordinary, and he’s long been a guy who’s managed to make it work in the low- to mid-80s. What was a little more out of the ordinary was everything else. […]

Apr 3, 2014, 2:45 pm EDT via

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Blue Jays Make Small Addition, Big Upgrade

Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphsDetails

J.P. Arencibia was the kind of bad that finds you. A year ago, the Blue Jays looked like competitor darlings, primarily because of a host of additions. Arencibia was hardly one of the guys to watch, and then before long it became apparent the Blue Jays were hardly one of the teams to watch. It […]

Dec 2, 2013, 4:54 pm EST via

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Dec 2, 2013, 4:54 pm

Domonic Brown and Exploring the Reality of Breakouts

Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphsDetails

It was my initial intent to write something about Tuesday’s trade rumor that involved Domonic Brown and Jose Bautista. The rumor, presented straight-up, was absolutely fascinating for the implied processes and implications. But, two things: Firstly, Dave wrote a couple thousand words on the rumor, touching on a lot of what needed to be touched on. […]

Nov 14, 2013, 11:00 am EST via

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Nov 14, 2013, 11:00 am

Buehrle and Dickey: an Update on the Pace Race

Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphsDetails

So much of what we do is try to separate the signal from the noise. That is, a lot of what we do is investigate whether what we’re looking at, statistically, is real. We’re always chasing evaluations of a player’s true talent because we want to know what that player’s going to do. We want [...]

Aug 7, 2013, 11:00 am EDT via

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Aug 7, 2013, 11:00 am

The Blue Jays and a History of Streakers

Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphsDetails

I don’t know what the top story in baseball actually is, because we don’t have a measurement for that. I guess it could be anything. What it should be, though, is the fact that the Toronto Blue Jays have won 11 consecutive games. If this were a simple 11-game winning streak, it’d be newsworthy, just [...]

Jun 24, 2013, 10:00 am EDT via

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Jun 24, 2013, 10:00 am

What to Do After a J.A. Happ-like Accident

Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphsDetails

J.A. Happ got hit in the head by a line-drive comebacker. When the same thing happened to Doug Fister, he got lucky; when the same thing happened to Brandon McCarthy, he also got lucky, if you understand that “luck” can go both ways, like “accelerate.” Happ is fortunate in that he seems to be doing [...]

May 8, 2013, 5:21 pm EDT via

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May 8, 2013, 5:21 pm

There’s Going to be a Colby Rasmus Change

Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphsDetails

Colby Rasmus is amazing. Still just 26, and an elite-level talent, Rasmus is presently slugging .536. He’s a center fielder who clubs like a DH, and his slugging percentage is beating those of Albert Pujols and Anthony Rizzo. Rasmus owns a 135 wRC+, which was Joe Morgan‘s career wRC+. It’s a better wRC+ than those [...]

Apr 22, 2013, 6:01 pm EDT via

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Apr 22, 2013, 6:01 pm

Is Mark Buehrle Going to Lose to a Teammate?

Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphsDetails

I’m probably always going to remember Ryan Franklin for three on-field performances. One, as a starter in the minors, Franklin was involved in two consecutive no-hitters — the first one combined, the second one done by Franklin all on his own. Two, in April 2005, Franklin went head-to-head against Mark Buehrle in Chicago in a [...]

Apr 10, 2013, 11:00 am EDT via

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Apr 10, 2013, 11:00 am

R.A. Dickey and Facing the Enemy

Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphsDetails

Not all that long ago, I wrote about Gio Gonzalez striking out a ton of opposing pitchers. Though Gonzalez set a modern-day record, the achievement itself was not entirely surprising: Gonzalez is a durable pitcher who gets a lot of strikeouts, and pitchers strike out a lot as batters. This is because pitchers are by [...]

Mar 27, 2013, 11:00 am EDT via

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Mar 27, 2013, 11:00 am

Ricky Romero Sinking and Not Sinking

Jeff Sullivan | FanGraphsDetails

A preface: (1) The Blue Jays are of tremendous interest this year, after having spent the offseason adding R.A. Dickey and the Marlins. Many expect that the Jays will win their division for the first time since 1993. At the very least, if they’re not favorites, they’re close to it. (2) Ricky Romero is of [...]

Feb 27, 2013, 2:07 pm EST via

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