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It doesn't appear to be ending anytime soon. And by "it" we mean PED suspensions. A new report indicates that more suspensions are all but certain.
Tim Lincecum will have his showcase on Friday, and his former home will be in attendance. The Giants interest in "The Freak" has grown over the last month.
David Price's rocky start to 2016 is probably nothing to worry about.
All of his offerings have dropped an average of at least 1 mph, and to this point in the season, his hardest thrown fastball is over 2.5 mph slower than his hardest thrown fastball of 2015. That said, Price is still throwing at a harder rate than the average starting pitcher, so it isn't even too much of an immediate problem. Some have cited the cold temperatures Price has pitched as a possible explanation, but either way, he is in his age-30 season and velocity decline is expected. It is something to keep an eye on if the location problem problems persist.
David Price is a perennial All-Star and Cy Young contender for reason - he has one of the best repertoires in baseball. His secondary pitches are performing as well or better than they always have, and and his fastball still features standard movement and above average velocity. He has had fastball command issues during his first six starts, but this atypical blip seems to have a lot to do with bad luck, and chances are that everyone will have forgotten it by the end of the 2016 season.
For the second time in his career, shortstop Erisbel Arruebarrena has been suspended by the Dodgers for the remainder of the season.
The Braves are debating whether or not to fire Fredi Gonzalez. Despite that, talks about who will manage them in 2017 is raging on. The favorite? Former Padres manager Bud Black.
Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs says that Aaron Nola has baseball's best curve.
It’s important to note Nola hasn’t been sending these signals all along. Even in the minors, he struck out just 21% of opponents. He wasn’t supposed to become a strikeout pitcher — he was supposed to become a stable pitcher, a low-walk pitcher. What he looks like today is indeed a stable pitcher, and a low-walk pitcher, but now he’s mixing in third strikes on top of all that. With tighter command of his pitches and a different angle to the plate, Nola is starting to look like a legitimate ace. We’ll see if time allows the league to figure him out, once everyone grows more accustomed to what he has, but if anything the trend is going in the opposite direction. The evaluators were right: As a prospect, Aaron Nola was safe. It’s the upside they underestimated.
Alex Rodriguez is having an MRI on his right hamstring.
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