Perspective on the Giants’ Power Woes

The Giants’ record is one thing, some operatic tragedy that has the gentle people of San Francisco seriously worried the team won’t win the World Series this year. I could talk about that, but I’ll throw maybe three extra views Grant Bisbee’s way over at McCovey Chronicles: he covered their… Read more“Perspective on the Giants’ Power Woes”

Hot Sports Take: Puig Won’t Mess With Someone Bigger

Yasiel Puig showed us something today, showed all of us something. The Dodgers and the Giants squared off for control of the division now that the last week of the season has begun. After being struck by pitcher Peavy yesterday, Puig was plunked in the first inning of today’s game… Read more“Hot Sports Take: Puig Won’t Mess With Someone Bigger”

Shades of Blue: Comparing the Dodgers with the Best of the National League

In the West, Los Angeles leads San Francisco by 4.5 games; in the East, Washington has opened up a six-game lead on Atlanta; in the Central, Milwaukee sits three games above its closest competitor. It is likely that all three of the current division leaders will make the playoffs, most… Read more“Shades of Blue: Comparing the Dodgers with the Best of the National League”

Robinson Cano Powers Mariners Without Power (July Player of the Month)

Cano in July: 24 G, 108 PA, 34 H, 1 HR, 8 R, 11 RBI, 11 BB, 11 K, 3 SB, .354/.426/.490 Robinson Cano lost out on a lot of home runs when he moved from Yankee Stadium to Safeco. He has only nine so far in 2014, and the… Read more“Robinson Cano Powers Mariners Without Power (July Player of the Month)”

Mike Trout Across Junes (Mike Trout is June’s Player of the Month)

Trout in June: 23 G, 102 PA, 30 H, 7 HR, 20 R, 21 RBI, 18 BB, 17 K, .361/.471/.759 So Mike Trout finally wins one of these meaningless honors, and he receives it a month late at that. And while Trout’s July was by his standards underwhelming, his June… Read more“Mike Trout Across Junes (Mike Trout is June’s Player of the Month)”

Tyson Ross and Measuring Whiffs

Right now, if you want good news about the San Diego Padres, you look at their pitching staff. San Diego sits 9.5 games out of first place in the NL West but has allowed the third-fewest runs in the National League. Huston Street remains one of the most reliable closers… Read more“Tyson Ross and Measuring Whiffs”

A Superficial Look at Arizona’s Superficial Home/Road Split

We wouldn’t expect the Arizona Diamondbacks to be good anywhere; even so, their futility at home is something of anomaly. Through 40 home games, the Dbacks are 13-27, whereas on the road they are a .500 ballclub at 18-18. What gives? Below I’ve provided some basic hitting and pitching splits… Read more“A Superficial Look at Arizona’s Superficial Home/Road Split”

A Piece of Evidence for the Offensive Supremacy of the Pacific Coast League

The Pacific Coast League inherited its name from an old independent minor league from the 1930s. Joe DiMaggio played some for the now-defunct San Francisco Seals, and remains probably the most famous PCL player of all time. It’s safe to say that the league will never reclaim its former relevance,… Read more“A Piece of Evidence for the Offensive Supremacy of the Pacific Coast League”

Yasiel Puig is Great, Period. (And May’s Player of the Month.)

Here’s a graphic showing my players of the month so far this season: Tulowitzki and Puig are two of the five or so most talented batters in the game (along with Trout, Cabrera, and uhh maybe Cutch or Edwin or Chris Davis). That said, their best months give us a… Read more“Yasiel Puig is Great, Period. (And May’s Player of the Month.)”

Matt Shoemaker Gives the Angels 5 Good Starters

In the American League there are only two starting rotations in which all five players have an ERA under 4.00. The Oakland A’s have a 2.87 ERA from their starting rotation, and at present the starting five goes Drew Pomeranz (0.95 ERA as a starter, 1.38 overall), Tommy Milone (3.50),… Read more“Matt Shoemaker Gives the Angels 5 Good Starters”