Vic Black was supposed to be in the mix for saves by now, but he got demoted in March after struggling with his control in spring training. In an interview with the MetsMinors blog, Black explains how he's been tinkering with his mechanics in an effort to get back to the big leagues.
Anthony DiComo offers an inside look at the Mets' organizational hitting philosophy. Very cool stuff here, but it probably won't change anyone's mind about Sandy Alderson.
The Hardball Times explains how linear weights are used to make wOBA one of the most precise measures of offensive value.
Strikeouts continues to be on the rise in Major League Baseball, and fastball velocity is a big reason why, says Beyond the Box Score. Some skilled young catchers are also making it tougher for hitters to put the ball in play.
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