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”

In San Diego, The Jazz Clubs Play “The Jedd Gyorko Blues”

And it goes a little something like this… *wah-wahhhh-wah-wah (aka blues harmonica)* They pitch me low wah-wah, wah-wah Low and away wah-wah, wah-wah I can’t hit that wah-wah, wah-wah What can I say? wah-wah, wah-wah I prefer not to overtax my lyrical abilities. Those four lines took me 68 hours… Read more“In San Diego, The Jazz Clubs Play “The Jedd Gyorko Blues””

George Springer Has Modest Hitting Streak, Writer Has Excuse to Talk about George Spinger

Earlier today, rookie outfielder George Springer belted a two-run shot to put Houston up 2-0 over Kansas City in the top of the first. Springer thus extended his hitting streak to 10 games in his first opportunity, and every day he further cements himself as a good-to-great major league hitter…. Read more“George Springer Has Modest Hitting Streak, Writer Has Excuse to Talk about George Spinger”

The Coors Field Effect on This Year’s Colorado Rockies

It is true almost every year, but especially in this young 2014 season, that the Colorado Rockies have an offense that no other team in the major leagues can hope to match, thanks to the obscene run environment of their home park Coors Field. I say obscene because in the… Read more“The Coors Field Effect on This Year’s Colorado Rockies”

Bullpen Report on All 10 Teams

Note: All statistics in the table below are from games up to and including May 13. Which team in either the AL or NL West has the best bullpen this season? There is no other place to start. Already we learn some things: the Astros bullpen is almost definitely bad… Read more“Bullpen Report on All 10 Teams”

Player of the Week (5/5 – 5/11): Seth Smith, San Diego LF

Week Stats: 7 G, 33 PA, 14 H, 5 2B, 3 3B, 1 HR, 4 R, 7 RBI, 5 BB, 6 K, .500/.576/1.000 Since Seth Smith’s Platoon Smash on the first day of San Diego’s season, it’s been the same story: Seth Smith comes up against righties, Seth Smith smash…. Read more“Player of the Week (5/5 – 5/11): Seth Smith, San Diego LF”

Umpire Realizes He is Piece of Advertising

In the late innings of a Friday contest between two Major League Baseball teams, a home plate umpire who shall remain nameless understood in a flash that, as far as television viewers were concerned, his very own head served interchangeably with the “o” on the “Mobile Bank” sign behind him…. Read more“Umpire Realizes He is Piece of Advertising”

Weekend Preview, May 9 – 11

All these teams except the Giants and the Dodgers, who play each other, will travel to or receive teams from the Central and East divisions. That means there are nine series to rank on intrigue. 9. Arizona Diamondbacks (13-24) at Chicago White Sox (18-18) Fri – Brandon McCarthy (1-5, 4.67… Read more“Weekend Preview, May 9 – 11”