The Hit List

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

The “More Than” Game

Mike Trout is on his way to his first season with more strikeouts than hits

More Than Questions Questions are for qualified batters or pitchers, unless otherwise noted. Answers are below Who are the only two batters this season with more walks than strikeouts? There are seven players, with at least 30 homers, who have more homers than doubles. Who are they? Who are the six players with more than […]

A fast look at the fastball 2008-2014

Aroldis Chapmans'  fastball averages 100.3 mph this season

There was a terrifically interesting article in the Wall St. Journal of September 19 by Brian Costa on the neurological training and experimenting that a number of baseball teams are doing to see if hitters’ brains can be “rewired” to react to pitches better. Costa writes, “Several years ago, the Boston Red Sox began working […]

King Felix’s Changeup Now His Go-To Pitch

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When a player’s primary pitch is his changeup, should we really even call it a changeup? Ponder that question next time Felix Hernandez embarrasses someone with a fastball-velocity offering that suddenly plummets toward the ground like a wasp smacked with a Sunday newspaper. While chasing his first career playoff appearance and his second Cy Young […]

Corey Kluber and the Strikeout Report

The Cleveland Indians 14+14 = #28 Corey Kluber .  Credit: Brad Rempel-USA TODAY Sports

For the second straight start, Corey Kluber of the Indians struck out 14 in the Tribe’s 7-2 victory over the Twins yesterday, keeping their slim chances alive in the AL postseason race. Kluber (17-9) struck out 14 Astros in seven innings in his previous start on Tuesday. Nine to Know: MLB Strikeout leaders Rk Player […]

Josh Donaldson and the Walkoff Homer Report

Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson takes the "Walkoff Challenge"   Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

At this point in the season you can’t minimize the importance of every Oakland win, which means you can’t minimize the importance of the three walkoff homers of Josh Donaldson. Donaldson’s 10th inning two-run homer gave the A’s to an 8-6 victory over the Phillies on Sunday. 2014 Walkoff HR leaders 66 batters – 33 by […]

Marte Bashing Bucs to October

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Starling Marte is a baseball magnet the likes of which we’ve rarely seen. The Pirates left fielder has been plunked by a pitch an average of every 28.4 plate appearances during his career, the highest rate in the majors since he debuted in 2012 (minimum 1,000 PA). The scariest of those beanings happened on July […]

MLB says: “Thanks, Derek” (VIDEO)

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Understanding the standings redux

Los Angeles Angels players Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Erick Aybar, and Howie Kendrick celebrate after winning the American League West Division title   Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Nine to Know: 1. Since July 5, the Nationals have the best record in the National League at 41-25 (.621) but that’s not nearly as interesting as the Braves and the Brewers each having a 27-38 (.415) record. 2. After you are done appreciating the Orioles and Angels, look at the A’s and the Brewers […]

Seven beautiful innings = One no-decision

Cole Hamels is Mr. ND

This season there have been 370 games in which a starter threw seven innings and ended up with a no-decision or as I call it a “Don Sutton“ Four pitchers pitched great games last night only to get four no-decisions and to of the pitchers watched their team end up on losing side of the […]

Steve Pearce Destroying Heat for Buck Showalter

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The Baltimore Orioles have both literally and figuratively run away with the American League East this season, wrapping up the division with a convincing and efficient 8-2 victory Tuesday night over Toronto. One of the main reasons Buck Showalter and company have managed to accomplish that impressive feat has been the production of its offense […]