Found April 18, 2013 on The Flagrant Fan:
Most of us notice when a Major League Baseball player gets off to a fast start. Just about everyone is aware of the fast starts by Justin Upton and Bryce Harper. Their exploits are all over the highlight shows. But unless they are sucking the wind out of your fantasy baseball team or watch your team every night and see the numbers, players off to a really poor start get little notice. One of the reasons this is so is because these players are not making the highlight reels. Secondly, slow starts are more apt to be excused as small sample size blips that will correct upward over time. And generally, that is just as true in that Upton will not hit eighty home runs. We are only fifteen to sixteen games into the season. And we are talking about fifty to sixty plate appearances for these players. That is hardly a sample size to worry about. But when looked at it another way, nine percent of the season is now completed. While still a small sample, we are not talking insignificant ...

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It was a battle of long balls on Thursday night at PNC Park, and even though the Pirates got two big blasts they’d been waiting a while for, the Braves still managed to come out on top. Russell Martin and Pedro Alvarez both got on the board in 2013, each pounding a solo homer in the second and fourth innings respectively. They were absolute BOMBS too–Pedro’s hit at least halfway...

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