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Author: Matt Musico

Is Mike Moustakas That Much Better Than Travis Shaw?

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Is Mike Moustakas That Much Better Than Travis Shaw? Having so many big-name MLB free agents still available with Spring Training approaching can create a little chaos. It makes things interesting because teams are presented with opportunities they didn’t anticipate on getting, but it also causes some front offices to start overthinking things. The Milwaukee Brewers are doing a little bit of both. They haven’t made any major moves yet this winter, but Jim Bowden of The Athletic hints there’s a chance for not one, but two splashes by a squad that surprised...

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Five Starting Pitchers With A Lot to Prove in 2018

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Five Starting Pitchers With A Lot to Prove in 2018 With Spring Training about a month away from starting in earnest, everyone around baseball is focusing squarely on the 2018 season. That doesn’t mean certain players aren’t still using their 2017 performance as motivation, though. Whether last year was a strong one or a disappointing one on an individual basis, there are plenty of starting pitchers with plenty to prove once April rolls around. The following five hurlers are each at different stages of their respective careers, but they all have one thing...

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Gerrit Cole Gives the Astros a Rotation as Deep as Their Lineup

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Gerrit Cole Gives the Astros a Rotation as Deep as Their Lineup Fresh off the franchise’s first World Series victory, the Houston Astros didn’t have any major holes that needed filling this offseason. The thought of having multiple titles is way better than just one, though, which is why they’re continuing to put the proverbial pedal to the floor. Tim Brown of Yahoo! Sports was the first to report on Houston landing the front-end starter they desired by acquiring right-hander Gerrit Cole in a trade with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Cole is still trying...

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The Single-Season Home Run King for Each MLB Team

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball The Single-Season Home Run King for Each MLB Team In case you missed it, there were a lot of home runs hit during the 2017 MLB regular season. Like, more than we’ve ever seen in baseball history. The 5,693 homers hit during the 2000 began this century off with a bang and remained the model when it came to slugging balls over the wall. Until this year, that is. That record fell with nearly two weeks remaining in the regular season when Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon hit the 5,694th bomb on...

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Ranking Yu Darvish’s Top Five Potential Landing Spots

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Ranking Yu Darvish’s Top Five Potential Landing Spots You wanna know how slow this offseason has been? It’s so slow that we don’t even wait for a player to sign to consider it newsworthy — just them narrowing down their list of potential suitors is enough. That’s what happened with starting pitcher Yu Darvish Wednesday night, as Jeff Wilson of the Star Telegram reported the right-hander has just five teams left in his sights: the Chicago Cubs, Texas Rangers, Minnesota Twins, New York Yankees and Houston Astros. There isn’t a team that wouldn’t want Darvish...

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Does George Springer Need Strikeouts to Be Successful?

The Sports Daily > Chin Music Baseball Does George Springer Need Strikeouts to Be Successful? Houston Astros outfielder George Springer has plenty going for him right now. The 28-year-old is fresh off a year in which he went to his first All-Star game, won a Silver Slugger for the first time and also set new single-season career highs in most offensive categories. He set the tone at the top of Houston’s order by slashing .283/.367/.522 with 34 home runs, 85 RBI and 112 runs scored, which enabled him to post a .376 wOBA, 140 wRC+ and 4.5 fWAR in 629...

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