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 years 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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    Player Commentary - September 30th, 2022

    Triston Casas, 1B, BOS Casas went 2 for 3 with a double, an RBI, and a walk on Thursday night. After starting his big league career off rather slowly, the youngster has vastly improved at the plate over the past...

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    Player Analysis - September 25th, 2022

    Sandy Alcantara, SP, MIA Alcantara tossed 8.0 innings of one-run ball against the Nationals on Saturday night. He gave up three hits, walked one, and struck out 11 in the contest. The impressive 27-year-old has rebounded after a couple of...

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    A Lance Lynn Renaissance Down the Stretch? - August 31st, 2022

    Lance Lynn, SP, CHW Lynn surrendered one run across 7.0 innings in Kansas City on Wednesday night. The surging right-hander gave up four hits and walked none while striking out eight in the contest. After a putrid start to the...

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    The Woes of Castellanos - August 6th, 2022

    Nick Castellanos, OF, PHI Castellanos went 1 for 4 with a two-run homer in the Phillies' win over the Nats on Friday night. The struggling vet now has two homers in his past three contests and seven hits in his...

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    Clase is Class - July 28th, 2022

    Emmanuel Clase, RP, CLE Clase collected his 21st save of the season with a three up three down 9th inning in Boston. The 24-year-old hasn't given up a hit or a run in his last seven outings and has been...

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    Mancini's Due - July 9th, 2022

    Trey Mancini, OF, BAL Mancini hit a walk-off single to complete the Orioles' comeback against the Angels on Friday night. He finished the night 2 for 5 and is now riding a seven-game hitting streak. After a down 2021 season,...

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    Verlander's Still a Stud - June 30th, 2022

    Justin Verlander, SP, HOU Verlander twirled a gem against the NL East-leading Mets on Wednesday night. He didn't surrender a run while striking out six and giving up two hits and one walk. Despite missing virtually all of the 2020...

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    Polar Bear Sighting-June 25th, 2022

    Pete Alonso, 1B, NYM Alonso hit a pair of solo homers in Miami on Sunday evening. The Polar Bear currently leads the majors with 68 RBI, and his two-homer night gives him 22 on the season, which is tied for...

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    Cortes and his Cutter - June 16th, 2022

    Nestor Cortes, SP, NYY Coming off his worst outing of the season (4.1 IP, 7H, 4ER), Cortes bounced back with a solid effort against the Rays. Across 5.1 innings, he gave up just one run on three hits and three...

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    Gary Getting Hot - May 19th, 2022

    Gary Sanchez, C, MIN On Wednesday night in Oakland, Sanchez went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI. The veteran backstop's tenure in Minnesota didn't start with a bang as he batted .195 with one homer and 25...

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    Whit Finally Starting to Hit? - May 15th, 2022

    Whit Merrifield, 2B/OF, KC Merrifield collected a hit in his fifth consecutive game on Saturday night in Colorado. He finished the night 1 for 4 with a single, an RBI, a run scored, and a stolen base. This isn't a...

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    Grandal and Patience, they go hand in hand - April 21, 2022

    Yamani Grandal, C, CHW Grandal went 0 for 8 between the two games in Cleveland on Wednesday. That makes him 0 for his last 12 and just 4 for 33 (.121) on the season. A low average and high walk...

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    Lindor Has Life - April 16th, 2022

    Fransisco Lindor, SS, NYM Lindor went 2 for 3 with a pair of homers and walks against the Diamondbacks on Friday afternoon. He is now riding a six-game hitting streak, and he has reached base in each of the Mets'...

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    Preseason Prep, March 24th, 2022

    What to make of the Cincinnati Reds' new-look offense With Nick Castellanos, Eugenio Suarez, Jesse Winker, and Tucker Barnhart all finding new teams this offseason, the Reds have 2,032 plate appearances to replace in their lineup. So, who's to benefit?...

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    Preseason Prep, March 19th, 2022

    Justin Verlander, SP, HOU 39-year-old Justin Verlander hurled two hitless innings in his first Big League game since July of 2020. The two-time Cy Young winner has been recovering from Tommy John surgery but is on track to start the...

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    Preseason Prep, March 16th, 2022

    Kyle Schwarber, OF, PHI On Wednesday, Schwarber agreed to a four-year, 79 million dollar deal with the Phillies. After a putrid 2020 campaign (.188/.308/.393), the powerful outfielder bounced back in a big way last season. Across 471 plate appearances with...

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    NL Analysis - September 25th, 2021

    Mike Yastrzemski, OF, SF Yastrzemski went 1 for 4 with a three-run homer on Friday night in Colorado. It was his second homer in as many nights and his 25th on the season. Yastrzemski's power numbers have been alright this...

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    No Safer Bet Than Bogaerts; September 22nd, 2021

    Xander Bogaerts, SS, BOS Bogaerts went 2 for 3 with a homer and four RBI on Monday night against the Mets. The talented shortstop hit a two-run homer to give the Sox the lead in the 5th and then added...

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    NL Analysis - September 21, 2021

    Avisail Garcia, OF, MIL Garcia went 1 for 3 with his 28th home run of the season on Monday night. The 30-year-old is enjoying a breakout campaign in 2021 and has been swinging a hot bat recently, with three homers...

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    NL Analysis - September 17th, 2021

    Tyler Mahle, SP, CIN Mahle hurled 6.0 innings of shutout ball on Thursday afternoon in Pittsburgh. He surrendered five hits, walked one, and struck out four on the day. At 12-5 with a 3.59 ERA and 10.45 K/9, the 26-year-old...

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    AL Player Analysis - September 16th, 2021

    Robbie Ray, SP, TOR On Wednesday afternoon, Ray struck out 13 and surrendered one run en route to his 12th victory of the season. The big southpaw is enjoying his best major league season here in 2021. Ray's hefty 11.87...

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    Typical Goldschmidt, August 25th, 2021

    Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, STL Goldschmidt went 2 for 4 with a pair of solo homers on Wednesday afternoon against the Tigers. He later walked, stole a base, and scored the game-winning run for the Cardinals in the bottom of the...

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    NL Analysis - August 19th, 2021

    C.J. Cron, 1B, COL Cron went 2 for 4 with a double and three RBI on Wednesday afternoon. Cron has been in the zone recently. Since August 3rd, the 31-year-old is batting .449 (22-49) with seven homers and 25 RBI....

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    AL Player Analysis - August 18th, 2021

    Nelson Cruz, DH, TB Cruz went 2 for 4 with a pair of homers and five RBI on Tuesday night. Since coming over to the Rays, the ageless wonder has struggled, hitting a paltry .198 with a 29.9% K%. However,...

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    NL Player Analysis - August 12th, 2021

    Adam Wainwright, SP, STL Wainwright threw a complete game shutout on Wednesday in Pittsburgh. He allowed just two baserunners (two Colin Moran singles) and struck out seven while throwing a tidy 88 pitches. It was the 39-year-old's third complete game...

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    AL Player Analysis - August 4th, 2021

    Kenta Maeda, SP, MIN Maeda surrendered five runs across 5.0 innings of work on Tuesday night in Cincinnati. He allowed seven hits and walked one while striking out nine in the contest. Ultimately Maeda was undone by the long ball...

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    NL Analysis - July 28th, 2021

    Harrison Bader, OF, STL Bader went 3 for 4 with a pair of doubles and a home run on Tuesday night in Cleveland. The 27-year-old center fielder is red-hot right now. This was his second consecutive three-hit game, and he...

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    Brandon Lowe is Back - July 24th, 2021

    Brandon Lowe, 2B/OF, TB Lowe has struggled for much of the 2021 campaign but has caught fire as of late. Since June 23rd, he is hitting .300 with eight homers and is leading the league with a 1.228 OPS. Lowe...

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    AL Player Analysis - July 21st, 2021

    Gary Sanchez, C, NYY Sanchez went 2 for 3 with a homer and a walk on Tuesday night against the Phillies. The 28-year-old backstop now has three homers over the past five contests and his 17th on the season. The...

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    AL Player Analysis - July 10th, 2021

    Jake Odorizzi, SP, HOU Odorizzi turned in another solid performance, giving up two runs on seven hits across 6.0 innings of work on Friday night against the Yankees. The oft-injured Odorizzi seems to be fit again and is starting to...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 22nd, 2021

    Kyle Gibson, SP, TEX Gibson gave up two runs across 5.2 innings and improved his record to a perfect 5-0 on the season. The veteran righty is enjoying a career year so far in 2021. He currently owns a 2.17...

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    NL Player Analysis - June 18th, 2021

    Kevin Gausman, SP, SF Gausman gave up two runs in eight innings of work against the Diamondbacks on Thursday afternoon. The 30-year-old gave up four hits and struck out six on his way to improving his record to 8-1 on...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 17th, 2021

    Shohei Ohtani, SP/DH, LAA Ohtani hit his 19th homer and stole his 10th base of the season in Oakland on Wednesday night. The versatile 26-year-old has taken his offensive game to another level so far in 2021. He is just...

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    AL Player Analysis - June 3rd, 2021

    Austin Meadows, OF, TB Meadows went 2 for 5 with a homer and five RBI on Thursday afternoon. The Rays' outfielder has been red-hot recently and is now riding a seven-game hitting streak. Meadows is 11-25 with five home runs...

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    NL Player Analysis - May 26th, 2021

    Craig Kimbrel, RP, CHC Kimbrel collected his 10th save of the season against the Pirates on Tuesday night. He gave up a leadoff double but was able to get the next three hitters to protect the Cubs' one-run lead successfully....

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    NL Analysis - May 23rd, 2021

    Ozzie Albies, 2B, ATL Albies went 2 for 4 with a pair of home runs on Saturday evening against Pittsburgh. Since enduring four consecutive 0-4 games, Albies has come alive the past couple of days. Over his past two games,...