Dan Nachtigal

Growing up I loved Sammy Sosa and the Chicago Cubs. The 1998 Home Run duel between Sosa and Mark McGwire was a highlight of my childhood and was ultimately where my infatuation with baseball and statistics began. That infatuation then grew exponentially a few year later when my father took me to my first Major League game between the Cubs and Rockies at Coors Field. We sat a few rows up behind home plate where I witnessed Slammin' Sammy hit three, 3-run Home Runs, in three consecutive innings. I was elated, it was as if the game was scripted for me. I've personally witnessed a lot of great sports games since then, from Brett Favre at Lambeau to LeBron James in the finals, but nothing compares to the show that my favorite player put on for me at my first baseball game.

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    NL Analysis - September 28, 2019

    Kevin Newman, SS, PIT Newman hit a pair of dingers and drove in five of the Pirates six runs on Friday against the Reds. The rookie shortstop has contributed across the board this season in his 522 plate appearances. He...

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    AL Analysis - September 27, 2019

    Danny Santana, OF, TEX Santana hit a Grand Slam for his 27th homer of the season on Thursday afternoon. It was his only hit in the game, but it was a big one. To say Santana is having a career...

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    NL Player Analysis - September 19, 2019

    Mike Soroka, SP, ATL Soroka won his 13th decision of the season yesterday, limiting the Phillies to just two runs and five hits in 5.0 innings of work. Soroka has been the best rookie starting pitcher this season by miles....

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    NL Analysis - September 16, 2019

    Mike Foltynewicz, SP, ATL Foltynewicz won his third straight decision with 6.0 innings of one-run ball in Washington. The 27-year-old has been pitching very well as of late; he boasts a miniscule 1.84 ERA over his last six starts (34.1...

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    AL Analysis - September 12, 2019

    Jorge Soler, OF, KC Soler hit his 44th homer of the season on Thursday afternoon off of White Sox ace Lucas Giolito. He has now gone deep three times in the past two days and six times over the past...

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    NL Analysis - August 22nd, 2019

    Howie Kendrick, 1B, 2B, 3B, WSH Kendrick went 3 for 5 and hit his 14th homer of the season on Thursday night. The three hits brought his average up to a stellar .323 on the season and the 14 homers...

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    NL Player Analysis - August 18, 2019

    Jon Lester, SP, CHC Lester tossed 6.0 shutout innings on Saturday afternoon in Pittsburgh. The southpaw didn't surrender a run but he was under duress for most of the contest. He gave up four hits and walked a season high...

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    AL Player Analysis - August 10, 2019

    Bo Bichette, SS, TOR For the first time in his young career, Bo Bichette failed to record a hit. He started his career with an 11-game hitting streak and had hit a double in each of the last nine games....

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    NL Player Analysis - August 4th, 2019

    Jason Heyward, OF, CHC Heyward went 2 for 5 with a triple and a home run on Sunday afternoon. He now has 17 homers and has his average up to .276 on the season. The addition of Nicholas Castellanos figures...

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    AL Player Analysis - August 1st, 2019

    Michael Pineda, SP, MIN Pineda threw 7.0 innings of one-run ball on Thursday night in Miami, but was ultimately denied his 8th win of the season as the Twins bullpen blew a 4-1 lead in the 9th inning. Pineda has...

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    NL Player Analysis - July, 29th, 2019

    Ketel Marte, 2B, ARI Marte continued his breakout campaign on Monday evening with his 23rd home run of the season. He finished the night 2 for 4 and tallied three RBI, which gives him 65 for the year. Marte has...

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    AL Analysis - July 25, 2019

    Nelson Cruz, DH, MIN Cruz exploded for three home runs on Thursday evening against the White Sox. He has now homered in four consecutive games--and five out of the last six--giving him 25 total on the season. Additionally, Cruz is...

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    AL Player Analysis - July 20, 2019

    Mike Leake, SP, SEA Leake came within three outs of completing the first perfect game in the MLB since August 15, 2012 (Thrown by his teammate Felix Hernadez). LAA's Luis Rengifo served a base-hit to right field to break up...

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    NL Player Analysis - June 21, 2019

    Ketel Marte, SS, ARI Marte went 4 for 6, with a pair of doubles, on Thursday afternoon against the Rockies. The hot-hitting Marte now has four consecutive games with three or more hits, and it's his fifth game in a...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 16, 2019

    Taylor Rogers, RP, MIN Rogers recorded his second save in as many days against the Royals on Saturday night. A minor back issue kept Rogers from action for a few days this past week, but he is clearly past that...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 14, 2019

    Shohei Ohtani, DH, LAA Ohtani hit for the cycle against the Rays on Thursday evening. He would finish the night 4 for 4 with three RBI and a pair of runs. Ohtani was basically the Angels' only offense on the...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 7, 2019

    Alex Gordon, OF, KC Gordon went 3 for 5, with a home run, on Thursday afternoon against the Red Sox. Gordon now has 10 dingers and his average has climbed up to .285 on the season. The 35-year-old is enjoying...

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    NL Player Analysis - June 3, 2019

    Chris Iannetta, C, COL Iannetta went 2 for 4 with a home run and a double in the Rockies win over the Blue Jays on Sunday afternoon. Iannetta has been hitting the ball very well since coming off of the...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 19, 2019

    Carlos Santana, 1B, CLE Santana went 2 for 3 with a home run and a double against Baltimore yesterday afternoon. The veteran first baseman has been enjoying his first season back in in Cleveland and is now batting .281 with...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 17, 2019

    Trey Mancini, OF/1B, BAL Mancini went 2 for 4 and hit his 9th homer of the season yesterday against the Indians. He also walked, scored two runs, and drove in three runs in the contest. After a little slump, and...

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    AL Player Analysis - May 8th, 2019

    David Fletcher, 2B/3B, LAA David Fletcher recorded his fourth consecutive two-hit game as the Angels leadoff hitter yesterday afternoon. He has four extra base hits in that span (2 HR, 1 3B, 1 2B) and is now hitting .310 with...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 3rd

    Kyle Hendricks, SP, CHC Hendricks dazzled the Wrigley Field faithful with a complete game shutout on Friday afternoon. He only struck out three batters and allowed just four base runners in the contest. What's more impressive is that it took...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 26, 2019

    Vladimir Guerrero Jr., 3B, TOR In the bottom of the 9th inning, with the Blue Jays down a run, Vladimir Guerrero Jr. stepped up to the plate and slapped a double down the right field line for the first hit...

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    NL Player Analysis - April 25, 2019

    Caleb Smith, SP, MIA Smith continued his surprisingly impressive 2019 campaign Thursday night as he tossed 6.0 innings and gave up just one run against the Phillies. He ended with eight strikeouts and only allowed four baserunners (3 H, 1...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 20, 2019

    Eddie Rosario, OF, MIN Rosario took advantage of Saturday's double header against Baltimore by smacking three home runs, a double, and a single (which hit off the wall on the fly). He finished the day 5 for 9 with 4...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 18th

    Jose Abreu, 1B, CWS Abreu went 0 for 5 on Thursday against the Tigers and his season average now sits well below the Mendoza line at .174. Those who drafted the First Baseman hoping last year was an anomaly are...

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    AL Player Analysis - April 11th, 2019

    Whit Merrifield, 2B, KC Whit didn't get a hit! For the first time in 31 games Whit Merrifield failed to register a base knock. The extra inning affair against the Mariners gave him plenty of opportunities to do so but...

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    NL Player Analysis - March 29th

    Germain Marquez, SP, Rockies Marquez allowed just 2 hits and 1 earned run across 6.0 frames on Friday against the punch less Marlins. He struck out 7 and walked 3 before he was pulled after 93 pitches. This was an...