The Hit List

The Hit List is a compilation of analysis from writers that have been selected by Peter Gammons.

Alex Gordon Putting it All Together in August

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If at any point over the past two or so months you’ve checked FanGraphs’ wins above replacement leader-board for position players and asked yourself: ‘Who is Alex Gordon and how on earth did he become so valuable?’, you’re certainly not alone. The answer to that question for those who asked — this writer included — from Opening Day […]

Ron Roenicke’s least favorite ump is right on 89.2% of his calls

Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is not always this happy

Milwaukee Brewers manager Ron Roenicke is waiting to see how much he will be fined and/or suspended. After Wednesday’s 10-inning, 3-2 Brewers loss to the San Diego Padres, Roenicke was quite frank in his assessment of plate umpire Mark Ripperger, who he said, “we’ve had before, and he is terrible behind home plate.” “He calls […]

Slop-Baller Petit Sets Consecutive Outs Record

Yusmeiro Petit

In this Through the Looking Glass 2014 season, Yusmeiro Petit — a guy with a career 4.79 ERA whom the Giants designated for assignment twice last year — has replaced two-time Cy Young Award winner Tim Lincecum in San Francisco’s rotation. Things kept getting curiouser and curiouser yesterday, as Petit set a new MLB record […]

Reds steal away from the Cubs

Reds center fielder Billy Hamilton steals third in the 4th.  Credit: David Kohl-USA TODAY Sports

The Cubs lost yesterday. That is a phrase that I anticipate writing much less frequently in the years ahead. But what made their 7-2 loss to the Reds interesting, were the six stolen bases by the Cincy thieves. Zack Cozart and Todd Frazier each had a pair of thefts, while Kristopher Negron and Billy Hamilton […]

Michael Brantley Crushes Fastballs, Breaks Out

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On October 3, 2008, the Cleveland Indians finally completed the CC Sabathia trade with the Milwaukee Brewers by selecting the “player to be named later” from the early July swap.  That PTBNL — Michael Brantley — was still pretty anonymous, though. The former seventh-round pick possessed good contact ability and speed, but questionable power and defensive instincts. Short […]

Aroldis Chapman Throws Fewer Fastballs, Becomes Harder to Hit

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Aroldis Chapman has the best fastball in baseball. That’s not a controversial statement. This season Chapman’s heater is averaging 100.3 miles per hour, easily the best mark in the Pitch f/x era. The Cincinnati Reds flamethrower is known primarily for his fastball, and hitters are forced to look for the pitch. There’s no catching up […]

Felix is tired

Felix Hernandez, the tired AL Cy Young Award winner in-waiting

If you are a fantasy baseball player and you looked in dismay because you saw that the Texas Rangers buried the Seattle Mariners 12-4 and you thought that your ace, Felix Hernandez, had gotten roughed up, rest easy. Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon let his starter rest easy and gave him an extra day between […]

Double playing around

Rick Porcello has induced more double plays than any other pitcher

The double play is a dual-edged sword, if your pitcher throws one, you love the DP, but if your batter hits one, you loath it. Let’s look at both. Pitchers who produce double plays Nine to Know: Defensive Double Plays by teams G PA 1. Colorado Rockies 85 136 2. Chicago White Sox 83 136 […]

Madison Bumgarner and other near perfectos

Madison Bumgarner's perfect game was denied by Justin Morneau-no

The Giants’ pitcher Madison Bumgarner retired the first 21 Colorado batters before Rockies cleanup hitter Justin Morneau doubled down the right-field line as the Giants beat the Rockies, 3-0. Morneau, who leads the NL with a .317 BA ended up being the only baserunner Bumgarner allowed. Bumgarner tied his career high of 13 strikeouts throwing […]

Only 15 teams have a .300 hitter this season; six teams don’t have a .285 hitter

Jose Altuve is baseball's leading hitter

At this point in the MLB season we have 20 .300 hitters on 15 different clubs. .300 hitters through 8/25 G PA AB H AVG 1. Jose Altuve (HOU) 128 576 537 179 .333 2. Victor Martinez (DET) 118 505 445 146 .328 3. Robinson Cano (SEA) 125 537 479 156 .326 4. Adrian Beltre […]