The Hit List

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

McCutchen Finds MVP Form in May

Andrew McCutchen Pirates

Apparently, Andrew McCutchen‘s dreadlocks didn’t hold some Samson-like quality. The 2013 NL MVP created panic in Pittsburgh this spring, shedding his trademark locks, suffering from lingering left knee soreness, and then getting off to his worst career start in April. In 86 plate appearances, McCutchen batted just .194/.302/.333 while cracking two home runs. Some began […]

Mike Bolsinger Thrives in L.A. with Effective Two-Pitch Mix

Mike Bolsinger Dodgers

While the mid to back-end of the Dodgers’ rotation has been largely an impromptu affair up to this point with Hyun Jin Ryu and Brandon McCarthy on the disabled list, Don Mattingly and the rest of Los Angeles’ front office have been pleasantly surprised by the production of one Mike Bolsinger, who seems to have hit his stride as a fill-in […]

From the Bill Chuck Files…

What a difference a year makes for Tim Lincecum

Nine to Know New York has won 18 games in May: nine by the Mets and nine by the Yankees. They each have lost 13. In Tim Lincecum‘s first eight starts last season he had a 4.78 ERA and a WHIP of 1.569. In eight starts this season, his ERA is 2.08 and his WHIP […]

Keuchel Historically Stingy with Homers

Dallas Keuchel Astros

When Dallas Keuchel debuted for the Houston Astros back in 2012, he looked like more of a hazard to bleacher-dwelling fans and the train beyond left field at Minute Maid Park than opposing hitters. The lefty coughed up 1.5 home runs per nine frames that season, and posted the fourth-worst park-adjusted ERA among 28 rookies […]

Kang Making KBO Hitters Proud in Pittsburgh

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When the Pirates made a four-year, $16 million commitment (posting fee included) to sign Jung-Ho Kang, they acquired more than an intriguing source of infield power — they landed a baseball pioneer of sorts. Kang was the Korean Baseball Organization’s answer to Troy Tulowitzki, blasting 40 homers and posting a 1.198 OPS in 2014 that […]

How Bryce Harper Became an Offensive Beast

Bryce Harper is only hitting .143 with 2 outs and runners in scoring position

Bryce Harper doesn’t have the World Series ring he clamored for during spring training — not yet, anyway — but he’s laying waste to pitchers in 2015 at a level that would make him a worthy clean-up hitter for the All-Millennium team. Harper, whose early-career brilliance has mostly been obscured by Mike Trout‘s all-time best […]

Earl Averill, Jr., the batter who reached base 17 straight times

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According to the Seattle Times, Earl Averill Jr., a seven-year major league veteran, died last Wednesday in Tacoma. He was 83. Unlike Jackie Bradley, Averill’s “Junior” is well deserved to be noted when speaking about him in a major league environment. Averill, the senior, was a Hall of Fame centerfielder who was inducted into the […]

Pineda Adapts, Dominates in the Bronx

Michael Pineda yankees

Back in January of 2012, the Michael Pineda-Jesus Montero deal between the Yankees and Mariners was billed as a challenge trade of a potential Cy Young Award winner for a future middle-of-the-lineup force. Then, for a couple of years, the swap looked like a mutual bust. Montero slapped singles and crept up near 300 pounds […]

The Inner Workings of Eric Hosmer’s Sweltering Spring

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The Eric Hosmer we once knew is gone. That’s not to say he’s physically left us in any capacity, of course, nor does it imply that the ‘old’ Eric Hosmer might not ever return. But, for the moment at least, it’s true: He’s gone. Now in his age 25 season, Hosmer has all but made a mockery of big-league pitching, […]

Kluber Channels Rapid Robert, Big Unit vs. Cards

corey kluber indians

Wednesday night, Corey Kluber took the mound against the St. Louis Cardinals looking to avoid becoming the first pitcher to follow up a Cy Young Award season with eight straight winless outings to begin the next year. Kluber did indeed make history, but for all the right reasons. He punched out 18 Cardinals and walked none in […]