Articles by Mike Petriello

Mike Petriello

Mike writes about lots of baseball in lots of places, and right now that place is MLB.com.


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Maybe Howie Kendrick’s Dodger Career Isn’t Over Yet

News this morning from Ken Rosenthal: Sources: #Dodgers considering Kendrick. Not ideal fit with Kiké, Utley at 2B. Greater need for depth at 3B; Turner coming off knee surgery. — Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 29, 2016 Dodger fans, at least the ones I’ve heard from, have wanted Howie Kendrick back for months. (Some because they…

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Yimi Garcia Is King Of Fastball Spin

You probably know that I write for MLB.com and specifically about Statcast, and so earlier this month I put together some visuals about how spin and velocity correlate. For the most part, they don’t; Chris Young & Dellin Betances have the same spin rate on their fastballs, but there’s a velocity difference of about a…

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The Dodgers Rank Highly In The 2016 Projections

You may have noticed that FanGraphs’ initial 2016 projections came out, and… whoa: Cubs, 95-67 Red Sox, 92-70 Dodgers, 90-72 The Dodgers, the third-best team in baseball! This should come along with about a million different caveats including “sequencing and dumb-ass luck matter,” and “the projections don’t really handle relievers very well,” and “just because…

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How Much Do The Dodgers Regret Andrew Heaney?

With so little actually happening for the Dodgers this winter, it’s only natural to look back on the moves that were made last winter. With the team short in the rotation and at second, the trade(s) that involved Dee Gordon & Andrew Heaney and left the Dodgers with neither one are an obvious focal point….