Seth Smith Platoon Smash

What happens when a player up in the count against an opposite-handed pitcher gets an 87-mph mistake that starts on the outside and breaks in toward the middle of the plate. Smith’s home run captured the attention of about 70 percent of the people behind home plate, but no one… Read more“Seth Smith Platoon Smash”

A.J. Ellis Leads Dodgers in Patience

Not only does Los Angeles Dodgers catcher A.J. Ellis put up with Yasiel Puig’s frequent hijinks, he demonstrates superb patience in the batter’s box as well. Six Dodgers have at least 13 Plate Appearances, and Ellis leads the group with 57 pitches seen. These are the kind of stats you… Read more“A.J. Ellis Leads Dodgers in Patience”

“Fantasy” Baseball Fiction: Goldschmidt the Giant

Goldschmidt awoke too soon from a difficult night of sleep in the hillside. The townspeople had gathered round him. Dawn had already crept over the crest of the hillside and lit their faces for him. “We need your help,” said the mayor. Goldschmidt wiped the sleep from his eye and… Read more““Fantasy” Baseball Fiction: Goldschmidt the Giant”

MVP Watch!

Unlike the previous “watches,” our MVP Watch will not include one player from each team in the west. Instead we single out the seven players—three from the National League and four from the American—who have the talent, and who, with a good season under the right set of circumstances, can… Read more“MVP Watch!”

Comeback Watch

Jerome Williams, Astros SP We begin with your archetypal journeyman. Such is Jerome’s drifter mystique that we can’t even be sure about his real name. As a 21-year-old rookie in 2003, Williams tossed 130 dependable innings in service of a Giants division championship. Batters didn’t go yard on him the… Read more“Comeback Watch”

Rookie Watch

Jonathan Singleton, Astros 1B Believe it or not, first base is a crowded position for the Astros. Besides the lefty-hitting Singleton, you have right-handed Chris Carter, who is Pedro Cerrano without the voodoo, and righty Jesus Guzman, acquired this offseason in a trade with San Diego. Thanks to the DH,… Read more“Rookie Watch”

2014 NL West Preview

The Los Angeles Dodgers are the best team in the National League and the other four teams in the division are no slouches themselves. The cellar of this division is miles above the cellars of the Central and East. The Rockies are just a couple of arms away from having… Read more“2014 NL West Preview”

2014 AL West Preview

Spring training is almost over and it’s finally time to do season previews. The two west divisions figure to be the best in baseball, with 9 of the 10 teams commonly projected to finish above .500 or right around it. Today, in the AL West Preview, you’ll learn about that… Read more“2014 AL West Preview”