Price Is Right

19 Oct

Alex Cora, the Red Sox skipper, has invested in his players’ success and they’ve rewarded him with an all-around winning performance, even from the bullpen, the least reliable component in the team’s record wins.. Chad Jennings of The Athletic has a great lede about one of those whom Cora believed in, pitcher David Price. With​ […]

Verlander No Fan of Bullpenning

6 Oct

Jayson Stark in The Athletic has insights into why Justin Verlander is in very select company in his post-season pitching success, straight from Verlander himself. “I’m a believer in starting pitching,” Verlander said Friday, on the day he won the 12th postseason game of his Hall of Fame career, tying him with Roger Clemens for fourth-most […]

Fen For Themselves

6 Oct

The Yankees had a golden opportunity–or opportunities–to take Game 1 in the late innings, including forcing Boston to call upon starter Rick Porcello to be a bridge to closer Craig Kimbrel, but they didn’t get it done. Marc Carig, the New York Yankees beat writer for The Athletic had a great lede to start his […]

No Dicking Around for Lester

3 Oct

In a surprising outcome considering the quick turnaround time and travel the Rockies faced, the Cubs succumbed in a marathon 13-inning game Tuesday in Chicago.  Will hitting coach Chili Davis get fired?  Will manager Maddon? In The Athletic,  Cubs starter Jon Lester muses oddly about what transpired: “Like I said, sometimes you need to get, […]

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!