A Governor on His Swing?

22 Sep

Really perplexing usage in an article in The Athletic on Carlos Correa’s struggles with the bat and his benching this weekend to help clear his mind, quoting Astros manager A.J. Hinch thusly: It’s looked like he’s had a little bit of a governor on his swing when he’s been up to bat. I haven’t seen […]

A Pitcher, Not a Prius

18 Sep

Bernie Micklasz, writing today in The Athletic, notes that the St. Louis Cardinals have zeroed in on 22-year-old Jack Flaherty as their main starter for meaningful games.  Never mind that Adam Wainwright pitched a vintage Waino game on Sunday night, or that Miles Mikolas or Daniel Poncedeleon have had outstanding seasons.  Here’s what skipper Shildt […]

White Flag, Not Pennant?

7 Sep

Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post wonders whether the Nationals would have been better positioned to be contenders had they not traded Daniel Murphy and Matt Adams on Aug. 21. As Atlanta and Philadelphia endure September swoons, he muses: It’s also a perfect illustration of the hard lessons that baseball loves to teach. A premature white […]

They’re Kraken Up

6 Sep

Gary Sanchez and Luis Severino teamed up for a comedy of errors in the first inning of the A’s-Yankees contest in Oakland, leading to a quick 4-0 lead for the A’s.  Sanchez has as many passed balls as his counterpart in Houston, who has played 300 innings, compared to a small number for the injury-plagued […]

Camden Yards: Yankees Fans’ Summer Getaway

25 Aug

Marc Carig, who covers the New York Yankees for The Athletic, has some fine writing here observing the Pinstripes playing at Camden Yards; Yankees fans have historically treated Camden Yards like a summer cottage, their home away from the city. The effect has only been amplified now that the Orioles are a stripped-down skeleton of what […]

Deep Didi

21 Aug

That was the New York Post sports desk’s lede today when it was announced that NYY SS Didi Gregorius would go on the 10-day DL with a heel bruise.   That is some clever wordplay!

The Nats Are Not Contenders

21 Aug

So wrote Tom Boswell, the fine Washington Post sportswriter, reviewing a disappointing season full of injuries (Stephen Strasburg) and poor performances (Bryce Harper, Gio Gonzalez).  The August 19 column includes this well-crafted sentence: In the universe of arithmetic, the Nats are still alive, but there is no baseball played there.

A Week of Misspeak

20 Jul

First it was the double negative in Helsinki, now it’s former NYY 1B Mark Teixiera interviewed on the Michael Kay radio show in New York who intoned that there is no doubt that Brian Cashman would leave a stone unturned to find a quality starting pitcher.    

Shout Out to Trout

16 Jul

Washington Post baseball writer Adam Kilgore has a fine profile of Mike Trout today in which he muses on why this superstar isn’t as well known as his counterparts in the NBA or the NFL. Trout is the ideal player to emulate, a complete constellation of skills in an athletic package nearly impossible to duplicate. […]

Now Pitching…The Shortstop?

13 Jul

Jayson Stark of The Athletic has a fine piece today on the sudden “fad” of position players pitching. If​ your favorite​ shortstop​ hasn’t​ pitched​ for​ your​ favorite team​ lately, they​ clearly​ didn’t get​ the​ memo – because​​ position players on the mound is now, officially, the coolest baseball fad ever. We’ve had 30 of them pitch […]