Meet the Mess

30 May

That might as well be the theme song for New York’s “other” team as the dominoes keep falling in their starting lineup, including pitcher Noah Syndergaard.  The Mets are a mess, having to rely on retreads and oldsters (A-Gon, Todd Frazier–who also is on the DL) in a division led by youngsters on the Phillies […]

What’s It All About, Albies?

23 May

The Athletic has a fine piece by Jason Stark on the 21-year-old Braves star Ozzie Albies who is leading the league in extra base hits.  The 5’8″ speedster  from Curacao has wowed everyone, including veteran teammates such as Braves pitcher Brandon McCarthy who said: “When you hear he’s leading the league in extra-base hits, you […]

The Windup and the Bitch

16 May

Veteran Atlanta Braves broadcasters Chip Caray and Joe Simpson went on a rant during last night’s telecast of the game versus the Cubs when MLB Instant Replay in New York took an inordinate amount of time to review a call and then ruled against the Braves. Caray (son of Skip and grandson of Harry) used […]

K Boom!

1 May

Summarizing the sloppy weather month of April in MLB, Jayson Stark of The Athletic made 10 observations about the season so far, the most striking of which, pun intended, is that MLB is en route to over 42,000 Ks this season, up by 10,000 over a decade ago.  What a way to beat the infield […]

Keep the Faith

28 Apr

Veteran infielder Neil Walker has not performed well since being signed by the Yankees late in Spring Training.  Some of that is due to his playing out of position (1B) and, as an unsigned free agent, sitting on the shelf.  Last night he hit what appeared to be a three-run HR, except that it was […]

Nut Up!

26 Apr

The Athletic writer T.J. Zuppe described how the Cleveland Indians bullpen had to scramble when reliever Andrew Miller felt his hamstring grab in Wednesday’s game versus the Cubs.  One of those relievers, Nick Goody, told his bullpen counterpart how to handle the situation: “It’s part of the game. Injuries happen. Accidents happen. You’ve just got to […]

154 vs 162

26 Apr

The Athletic writer Jayson Stark has a fine thought piece today on the merits of a 154-game schedule versus the current 162.  Among the possible changes:  Sunday day games, all Mondays off and night games Tuesday, a longer All-Star break and an earlier end to the season. “We sometimes forget the players actually are our game,” says former […]

April’s Fools

18 Apr

For the most part, April has been a cold awakening for MLB, with temperatures in the 40’s and snow-outs and ice-outs replacing field outs.  Perhaps MLB needs to revisit its 162-game schedule and limit the number of games so play begins in more moderate weather.  Here’s an uncomfortable stat from River Ave Blues, the NYY blog: As […]

Brandon’s Blurry

17 Apr

New NYY infielder Brandon Drury has been suffering from migraines and blurred vision that landed him on the DL.  Asked how often he’s plagued by this, he answered, “all the time.” It is hard to fathom how a MLB player could be productive under those circumstances–judging balls and strikes and batted balls–and why he never […]

The-e-e-e- Yankees Suck!

11 Apr

After a crushing loss to the Boston Red Sox that revealed major fault lines in the NYY lineup–batters, bullpen and botched balls–it’s hard to be enthusiastic about a team that looks lost.  Marc Carig, who covers the Yankees for The Athletic, captured it well: At various points, the crowd at at a frigid Fenway Park […]