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)”

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”

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”

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”

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”

Player of the Week (4/28 – 5/4): Joe Smith, Los Angeles Angels RP

Week Stats: 3 G, 3.0 IP, 3 SV, 10 TBF, 2 H, 0 BB, 0 R, 2 K What gives Angels relief pitcher Joe Smith such a serene comportment? Is it the knowledge that no one has or will ever get his name wrong? Is it a natural byproduct of… Read more“Player of the Week (4/28 – 5/4): Joe Smith, Los Angeles Angels RP”

Player of the Week (4/21 – 4/27): Kyle Seager, Seattle 3B

Week Stats: 6 G, 24 PA, 9 H, 5 HR, 8 R, 11 RBI, 2 BB, 5 K, .409/.458/1.091 Four of Seager’s five home runs came on two two-homer days, and in those games Seager’s final bombs were the deciding events. On the 23rd Seager took Josh Fields, the erstwhile… Read more“Player of the Week (4/21 – 4/27): Kyle Seager, Seattle 3B”