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”

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”

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”

Quickly Going Through Jonathan Villar’s Quick At-Bats

The Houston Astros did not play their first game until today. Major League Baseball tried to slip their debut by us the way a teenager past curfew tries to slip past the parents’ bedroom. That’s my working hypothesis, anyway. I can’t see any other reason for there to be, in… Read more“Quickly Going Through Jonathan Villar’s Quick At-Bats”

Hunter Pence and Throwing Like You Don’t Have an Elbow

San Francisco outfielder Hunter Pence nailed a possibly inebriate Mark Trumbo at third early in the Giants’ Opening Day victory against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Look at the ball just shoot out of his hand. That’s a throwing form unlike anyone else’s. Luckily for you, the aspiring big leaguer, Pence, for… Read more“Hunter Pence and Throwing Like You Don’t Have an Elbow”

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”