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The Strange Trades Luis Castillo Has Been A Part Of

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By: Noah Wright   Luis Castillo broke into the league back in 2017 as a 24 year old with the Cincinnati Reds. He immediately looked like an ace in his first rookie year. In just 89 and a third innings, Castillo turned in a 3.12 ERA, 3.74 FIP, and 1.075 WHIP. That also came with a strong 9.9 K/9 rate, and 3.2 BB/9 rate. Although he suffered from a sophomore slump in 2019, Castillo looks to be back on track for that ace status. This season, Castillo has a 2.56 ERA, 3.71 FIP, and 1.172 WHIP through 91 and a...

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Who Should Be Replacing Some Of These All-Star Finalists

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By: Noah Wright   If you haven’t heard yet, the MLB has announced the finalists for the All-star balloting. As per usual, there are a ton of players that are on the ballot that are undeserving, but only in consideration because of popularity (I’m looking at you Almora and Judge). Here are the finalists for the final ballot: (AL first, NL second): C: Robinson Chirinos (HOU), Gary Sanchez (NYY), James McCann (CHW), Wilson Contreas (CHC), Brian McCann (ATL), Yasmani Grandal (MIL), 1B: Luke Voit (NYY), C.J. Cron (MIN), Carlos Santana (CLE), Josh Bell (PIT), Anthony Rizzo (CHC), Freddie Freeman (ATL)...

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Top Deadline Rentals

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By: Noah Wright   At the MLB trade deadline, there is obviously going to be tons of players moving back and forth. Some might be star players for top MLB prospects. But not every single trade is going to include a guy with multiple years of control remaining. These kind of players are called rentals. Most of the time, a team acquires them for the remainder of the season, and let's them walk in free agency, unless both sides are interested in a contract. This upcoming deadline will see some very good rental players on the move, so who are...

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How The Rays Can Go Deep Into The Playoffs

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By: Noah Wright   As of 6-18, the Rays are in the first Wild Card spot, and aren’t there by luck. They have built up a solid team. Brandon Lowe is leading the team with both the glove and bat. He has a .285/.341/.544 batting line with 15 home runs and a 136 wRC+ in 261 PA’s. On the defensive spectrum, he has a way above average 4 DRS .6 UZR, and .5 dWAR. Another large part of this team has been off season acquisition Yandy Diaz. Diaz has batted a healthy .286/.363/.502 line, 11 home runs, and a 130...

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Questions Answered: Why Did Sandy Koufax Retire At Such A Young Age

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By: Daniel Wilkins   Sandy Koufax, the southpaw hurler from Brooklyn, is often considered one of the greatest pitchers in Dodgers history. He was such a great pitcher, with nasty breaking balls and insane fastballs. He was on pace to have a three-thousand, maybe even four-thousand strikeout career. Then, suddenly, he retired at age 30 after playing from 1955 to 1966. Not only that, he was coming off a Cy Young-winning season, and he even led the NL in ERA for the past 5 years. The baseball world was absolutely shocked by Koufax’s retirement, and they always wondered why he...

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