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‚Äôs 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”

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”

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.)”

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””

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”