On-Base Perception

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Yoenis Cespedes makes two must-see throws

Oakland Athletics' Coco Crisp, right, congratulates Yoenis Cespedes

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If the U.S. ever needs to launch men back to the moon, it's good to know we could just use Yoenis Cespedes' rocket arm.

The Athletics leftfielder made tremendous -- and that might be underselling it -- throws on back-to-back nights to cut down Angels baserunners at home and third, respectively.

Of course, Cespedes didn't play the balls in play all that well, which is why he had to uncork...

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The case of Jonathan Lucroy and how it applies to Travis d'Arnaud

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets looks on during

(Credit: Jim McIsaac)

Four years ago, before he matured into one of the best catchers in baseball, Jonathan Lucroy was languishing as a rookie with the Milwaukee Brewers.

At age 24, he had been promoted on his reputation as a hit­-first catching prospect. But he quickly fell into a familiar trap. He threw himself into learning the nuances of handling a pitching staff, a catcher’s most important job, even at the...

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Chase Headley could be the answer to the Yankees offensive issues

Padres third baseman Chase Headley, center, walks to

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Despite committing $197 million in salary to their 2014 roster, the Yankees are missing something on offense.

The Yankees are below average offensively at multiple spots in the order, notably designated hitter, where they rank 14th in the American League in OPS, beating the Mariners by just a single point, .601 to .600. Even a position of strength such as first base, however, is a weakness,...

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Wheeler calls talk of hitting Pence on purpose 'just dumb'

Zack Wheeler delivers a pitch during a spring

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Giants manager Bruce Bochy told KNBR radio he thought that Zack Wheeler’s plunking of Hunter Pence on Sunday appeared to be a “cheap shot.” But the Mets righthander called the notion of any intent behind the pitch “just dumb.”“They were up 3-2 in the third and I obviously didn't have my stuff,” Wheeler told Newsday. “That's the last thing I would want to do is hit him right there and put him on...

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Mets vs. Brewers series preview

Carlos Gomez, left, and Lucas Duda will face

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The Mets begin a three-game set with the Brewers on Tuesday at Citi Field. The Brewers lead the AL Central by five games over the Cardinals and have the second-best record in the National League. The Mets enter play five and a half games back of Atlanta and Washington, which are tied for the NL East lead.

Here’s what to watch for in this series:

OPPOSING PITCHER SCOUTING REPORT

GAME...

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Yankees have worst DH production in the American League

Alfonso Soriano of the Yankees reacts after striking

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Not much is expected from a designated hitter. No fielding prowess is necessary. Speed is not a requirement. The only thing the position demands that you do is produce at the plate.

DHs are hitting .248 with a .325 on-base percentage and .430 slugging percentage across MLB this season. The .756 on-base plus slugging percentage ranks DH as the second-most productive “defensive” position in...

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d'Arnaud: 'This is unacceptable'

Travis d'Arnaud of the Mets walks back to

(Credit: Mike Stobe)

SAN FRANCISCO -- The whole of the contribution made Friday night by Travis d’Arnaud served as a perfect reflection of what has been a dismal season.In the Mets’ 4-2 loss to the Giants, d’Arnaud popped up and hit into a pair of double plays, an 0-for-3 performance that dropped his average to .180. Behind the plate, he failed to block a wild pitch that helped the Giants score the game-tying run.D’Arnaud,...

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A look at the Mets' picks on Day 2 of the MLB draft

SAN FRANCISCO -- The Mets highlighted their second day of the amateur draft on Friday by choosing Milton Ramos, a defensive wizard at shortstop, and Eudor Garcia-Pacheco, a power-hitting third baseman.

“We had a really productive day today,” said Mets scouting director Tommy Tanous, who addressed reporters on Friday along with Paul DePodesta, the Mets’ vice president of scouting and player...

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Mets shortstops performing better than Yankees shortstops

Mets shortstops are offensively outperforming the group fielded

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One club has a soon-to-be-retired, soon-to-be-Hall-of-Famer manning shortstop. He's a perennial All-Star and five-time World Series champion with a plethora of awards and distinctions. We can all quote Derek Jeter's resume at this point.

The other team? A collection of players who have spent time shuttling between the minors and majors or have been teetering on the periphery of release (or...

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Jacob Lindgren, Yankees' newest draft pick, could help big club

Jacob Lindgren was selected by the Yankees in

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Jacob Lindgren isn’t listed among the top lefthanded pitchers in Baseball America’s preview of Thursday’s amateur draft.

All the same, the junior southpaw out of Mississippi State could be a real find for the Yankees. The team selected Lindgren in the second round with the 55th overall pick. Lindgren was the Yankees’ first pick in the 2014 draft as the team forfeited its first round slots...

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