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Meet Dexter Fowler: best player in baseball.
Fowler has demonstrated a top notch approach. He's seeing 4.11 pitches per plate appearance and has one of the league's lowest swing rates (that 35.5 percent mark is the seventh lowest among players that currently qualify). Because he's being so selective at the plate, even more so than what was already considered a quality approach demonstrated by him in the past, he's able to make quality contact at a higher rate than we've become accustomed to seeing from him.
It remains to be seen how long Fowler can keep up his "reign" as the best player in baseball, at least is far as fWAR is concerned. Regardless of when someone like Manny Machado does eclipse him in the fWAR department, it's quite possible that we're seeing Fowler as good as we've ever seen him. And the already offensively loaded Chicago Cubs are reaping the rewards.
Here is a roundup of the latest news surrounding the AL Central.
The injury bug is making its way around the baseball world, and here is the update on all the injuries.
Here is the MLB Week-in-Review. And the Blog review as well.
Nolan Arenado might be up to something, says Owen Watson of FanGraphs.
Of course an interpretation of a player’s changes after a mere 15 games is fraught with potential ruin. Do we believe in Arenado’s better nature after 15 games, or do we choose to put most of our stock in the past two seasons? This is the question we face in every article in which we delineate beginning and end points to perceived trends, and never more so than in articles at the start of a season. Is Arenado showing signs that he could becoming a more patient, productive hitter? Absolutely. Does that mean this early trend will continue? The fun part is the finding out.
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