The Key(s) to Unlocking Andrelton Simmons’s Power in L.A.

On Thursday, while some of us were looking for excuses to watch televised baseball, the first major roster shakeup of the off-season emerged when the Angles acquired Andrelton Simmons from the Braves in exchange for Erick Aybar and a duo of touted prospect arms in Sean Newcomb and Chris Ellis. The move did not come as a complete shock, as the Braves are looking to […]

Let’s Talk About Paul Goldschmidt

I want to talk a little bit about Paul Goldschmidt. You probably don’t want to talk about Paul Goldschmidt, and your friends and relatives probably don’t walk to talk about him over a beer or dinner or Republican presidential debate. If that turns out to be the case, I won’t blame you. There are more newsworthy things to talk […]

Acknowledging the Royals’ Extraordinary Late-Game Postseason Production

If someone in your peer group attempts to justify that this year’s World Series doesn’t (and/or won’t) feature a flurry of intriguing story-lines, nail-biting matchups or thought-provoking Harold Reynolds quotes from beginning to end, don’t listen. That person is factually wrong. The Royals and Mets arrived at this point through distinct avenues; avenues, it just so happens, […]

Late Movement Key to Ventura’s Efforts Against Blue Jays

At 24 years young, and with less than three years of service time under his belt, Yordano Ventura is far from what most would consider a matured major-league starter. But in some ways he already is. Last October, as you might recall, he was one of the key reasons the Royals faced a late uphill battle against […]

Edinson Volquez, Sinker Command, and the Key to Kansas City’s World Series Berth

Later this afternoon at Rogers Center, the Royals will receive an opportunity to advance to their second consecutive World Series appearance with a victory over the Blue Jays. There’s really no limit to the amount of words one could write on that potential subject given recent history — Kansas City was pushed to the brink of […]

Matt Harvey Ditches the Fastball, Somehow Gets Filthier

Remember when innings limits were in vogue and Matt Harvey‘s season appeared over? Yeah, me neither. Just a few weeks after we’d thought his campaign would wrap in Strasburg-esque fashion, New York’s Dark Knight on Saturday scripted the latest episode to his gripping 2015 saga with a gem of an outing against the Kyle Schwarber-led Cubs in game one […]

Exploring the Data, Effects of Defensive Shifts in 2015 Postseason

Jose Bautista‘s bat flip. Colby Rasmus‘ moonshot. Chase Utley‘s slide-tackle. Kyle Schwarber‘s…Schwarb-bomb. These four things, among countless others, have captivated those who’ve watched Major League Baseball’s 2015 postseason tournament. But for as much attention that’s been deservedly paid to these things as we round the bases toward the NLCS and ALCS, another story-line has swiftly emerged from the depths of playoff […]

Jorge Soler Succeeding with Sudden Onset Plate Discipline

If quality postseason baseball tickles your fancy, then Monday was sort of like your Christmas in October. In the first game of yesterday’s dramatic quadruple-header, Ned Yost’s Royals forced a game five with the Astros by way of a late comeback reminiscent of 2014’s improbable AL Wild Card Game. In game two, Josh Donaldson and company flexed their way to […]

The Anomaly of Gerrit Cole’s Wild Card Mishap

Wednesday night’s NL wild card matchup between the Cubs and Pirates was supposed to be an epic duel between  Jake Arrieta and Gerrit Cole, two starters seemingly entrenched in the peak of their respective careers, with do-or-die implications literally on the line. Instead, that didn’t happen. While Arrieta held up his end of the bargain by logging nine scoreless innings […]

Noah Syndergaard’s Most Important Postseason Pitch

Game one the highly anticipated NLDS series between the Mets and Dodgers, as you may have heard, is scheduled for this Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET at Chavez Ravine. Related to that topic, as you also may have heard, have been these words uttered by one young, confident New York baseball thrower a few days ago. “I […]