He Invigorates Life

27 Apr

Describing Ryan Zimmerman’s contribution to the latest Washington Nationals’ steamroller win over the Colorado Rockies, skipper Dusty “Toothpick” Baker said this, reports ESPN.com: He invigorates a lot of life in the team.

Trend, Shmend

23 Apr

Yankees’ TV broadcaster Michael “Mikehog” Kay was musing on the poor record so far that the Pinstripes have on the road.  That was while they were being no-hit by Pittsburgh starter Jameson Taillon.  The NYY then erupted for 11 runs, including another big blast from Aaron Judge.  Meanwhile, Kay had this to say in the […]

He Kind Of Killed That Ball

20 Apr

Aaron Judge, the 6-7 Yankee righfielder, smashed a blast deep into the bleachers at Yankee Stadium last night.  Here’s what White Sox starter Dylan Covey said about how he’d pitched the slugger: “I kind of left it over the middle of the plate. He kind of got a hold of it.”

Hit and Miss

18 Apr

The Pittsburgh Pirates lost a close game to the St. Louis Cardinals, in which the Bucs’ starter, Ivan Nova, had a 78-pitch complete game, but took the loss. Here is how infielder Josh Bell described it in today’s Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: The cul­prit, ac­cord­ing to Bell, was “un­timely hit­ting.” The Pirates hit some balls hard, but […]

Nailing It

16 Apr

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times nailed a lede in his story about Mariners’ pitcher James Paxton’s fine efforts so far this season: It took a little time, some tribulation, a few disabled-list stints, the use of a fake nail and fingernail hardener, a modification of his arm slot, the harnessing of a blistering high-90s fastball, […]

Look On the Bright Side

13 Apr

Max Scherzer of the Washington Nationals lost a well-pitched game to the St. Louis Cardinals’ starter Mike Leake.  Here’s how Scherzer described his mixed outing, in which he struck out 10 and hit 3 batters: “At the end of the day, even when you get punched in the face, you still do some things well.”

Big Mike’s Big Day

11 Apr

Michael Pineda, an ace wrapped up in an enigma, had a special opening day at Yankee Stadium yesterday with electric stuff, command and–most important–focus versus the Tampa Bay Rays.  He is enigmatic because he self destructs suddenly in games despite having superior stuff. Here’s how baseball writer Bob Klapisch described his outing: The Rays were […]

Horsing Around

10 Apr

Chad Jennings, who recently joined the Boston Herald as a Bosox beat writer, has a crafty lede today about CF Jackie Bradley Jr.’s knee sprain: On Saturday afternoon, Jackie Bradley Jr. declared himself built like Secretariat. It seems he woke up Sunday morning feeling a little more like Barbaro.

No Loss for Words

10 Apr

SF Giants’ closer Mark Melancon earned his first save of the season after blowing a game against the D’backs last week.  Here’s how Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle described how it must have felt: If one human week is seven in dog weeks, it can feel like half a season to a closer, […]

Bird Comes Down to Earth

8 Apr

New Yankee first baseman Greg Bird is one of the Baby Bombers the organization hopes will become the foundation of a winning young team.  But so far, Bird is a bust.  After a sparkling spring training, he is not getting the hits. Here’s how Bird describes his poor takeoff in today’s New York Daily News: “I feel […]