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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​ […]

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 […]

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.

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. […]

Must CC TV

30 Jun

Since last season, C.C. Sabathia has won a string of a dozen games following a Yankees loss with diminished stuff and a balky right knee that carries his 300-pound frame.  Yet he pitched a masterpiece last night against the hit machine Red Sox.  Here is how Marc Carig of The Athletic leads his story: A […]

Today’s Starting Pitcher Is…Anybody

27 Jun

Jayson Stark of The Athletic has an excellent analysis piece on whether the pitching staff by committee approach being employed by the Tampa Bay Rays is a harbinger of a future in which there is no ace and no focus on the matchup of the day.  It certainly is cheaper to have a starting rotation […]