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Doo Less?

19 Aug

Thomas Boswell of the Washington Post, one of baseball’s best scribes, has a tough piece today on the overuse of Nats’ closer Sean Doolittle in recent games in which he coughed up leads and cost important games. Now Doolittle is on the IL for a knee ailment. Boswell wrote: In baseball, relying on cliches is […]

New York, New York?

14 Aug

After battering Baltimore, the New York Yankees face a serious test vs Cleveland, Oakland and LA. These games will be very telling about their chances in the ALCS and beyond as they cobble together a group of SP/Openers and wait for the return of Dellin Betances and Luis Severino–and, maybe, Giancarlo Stanton (whose presence hasn’t […]

The Citi That Never Sleeps

10 Aug

Citi Field was louder than it has been in years last night as the Metropolitans beat the Nationals with some late-inning dramatics, including a 3-run jolt from Todd Frazier. The Athletic writer Tim Britton captured the excitement well as in this finely crafted image: The Mets, as a franchise rule, do not cruise. They do […]

Major League Blahball

1 Aug

Ken Rosenthal has a sharp summary of Trade Deadline Day in today’s The Athletic: The game on the field in 2019 — from defensive shifts to platoon-based lineups to third-time-through-the-order removals of starting pitchers — is all about playing the odds. The game off the field, with risk-averse, value-obsessed clubs all using the same analytically […]

Big League Fatigue

26 Jul

I am getting really tired of watching/reading about high-scoring slugfests and ineffective pitching that are more the rule this year than the exception. If MLB believes that shots of balls leaving the yard or striking the wall will increase attendance/interest, it is a miscalculation. And I sympathize with many pitchers whose stuff is suddenly as […]

Target Practice

24 Jul

The slugfest between the Twins and the Yankees was one for the books, but even better is the lede The Athletic Yankees beat writer Lindsey Adler had today: A newcomer to the NYY beat, she consistently writes great stuff. Aaron Hicks probably didn’t mind the feeling of his face sliding through the dirt on the […]

Only Carp’s Salsa Is Hot

17 Jul

The Athletic has a story about Matt Carpenter’s struggles to keep healthy and hit productively for the Cardinals. The author, Mark Saxon, has a really clever lede to open his piece. When you buy a jar of Matt Carpenter Mojo Salsa at a St. Louis grocery store chain, you can tell how fresh it is […]

Vlad is Junior No More

9 Jul

Jayson Stark of The Athletic has an appreciation of Vlad Guerrero Jr.’s monster Home Run Derby performance that will be remembered as the night he was Junior no more. In his entire professional career, Guerrero had hit exactly 52 home runs — in more than 1,500 trips to the plate. And then he hit 91 […]

Luv Le Machine

6 Jul

In a season filled with eyebrow-raising, unusually strong stats from hitters across baseball (yes, we mean you, Eric Sogard), DJ LeMahieu has outperformed expectations and taught his fellow Pinstripes the value of hits, not just HRs. The quiet confidence he brings to the field, and to the team, also has added some grit and game […]

CC the Entertainer

25 Jun

After throwing over 100 pitches as the Yankees defeated the Blue Jays last night, a reporter asked Yankee hurler CC Sabathia how he felt facing “youngsters” like Cavan Biggio and Vlad Guerrero, Jr. CC’s response: Yeah, when I start facing people like that, it’s time for me to go home.