The Hit List

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

David Ortiz delivers in Toronto like it’s Ocho Rios, Jamaica

David Ortiz homers

David Ortiz exclaimed on Sunday that he was “about to get hotter than Jamaica in the middle of August,” and Big Papi delivered with two home runs against the wilting Toronto Blue Jays as Boston clobbered the Jays, 14-1. The Sox have now won eight-of-nine and five straight. They slammed four homers and set season […]

Clayton Kershaw, Jon Lester and magnificent pitching


The keepers of the crypt, the Elias Sports Bureau, tweeted that Clayton Kershaw has a 1.99 ERA in his last 99 starts. To understand the enormity of that, check out the rest of the tweet: Clayton Kershaw: 1.99 ERA in his last 99 starts. Since 1920, only Newhouser, Koufax, Gibson, Maddux had an ERA < […]

Last Call: The Backend of Brewers’ Pen

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Tommy Rancel is a writer for ESPN Sweetspot Network and He has also written for Bloomberg Sports, FanGraphs, and ESPN Florida. You can follow him on Twitter @TRancel. The Milwaukee Brewers have been one of the biggest surprises in baseball this season. After finishing a disappointing 74-88 in 2013, most predicted the brew crew to land […]

Doubles Vision

Evan Longoria

In honor of Evan Longoria passing Carl Crawford as the all-time doubles leaders for the Rays: Each Franchise’s Doubles Leader A’s – Jimmy Dykes – 365 Angels – Garret Anderson – 489 Astros – Craig Biggio – 668 Blue Jays – Carlos Delgado – 343 Braves – Hank Aaron – 600 Brewers – Robin Yount […]

Standings Room Only – July 21

Josh Hamilton & Mike Trout celebrating on their way to another victory at home

A look under the standings to help understand the standings. Nine to Know Since June 19, the Angels are 21-5, the Rays are 18-8, the Tigers are 17-9, Texas 4-22, the Astros and Royals are 9-16, the Brewers and Toronto 10-15, and the Giants 11-15. On June 19, the Royals were in first by a […]

At the break – Every 10 years from 1914 – 2014

The 1914 World Champion Boston Braves

Honestly, I think I will lose my mind if the All-Star break is stretched out any further. Please let the games begin! Here is a fun way I killed some time. At the break Here are some stats from what is regarded as the first half of the baseball season. Obviously, before the All-Star Game […]

Situational Hitting

Troy Tulowitzki slides past Alexei Ramirez for a double in the 5th inning during the 2014 MLB All Star Game. Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Nine to Know: Situational hitting stats through the All-Star break The MLB is hitting .252 – the AL is hitting .255, the NL .249. There are 2526 homers hit: 1315 in the AL, 1211 in the NL. MLB teams are hitting .276 at home. The best hitters are Troy Tulowitzki (.417) and Adrian Beltre (.373). The […]

Devin Mesoraco: Pull-Hitter Extraordinaire

Devin Mesoraco

Shuffling through 10 different catchers since the start the 2008 season, the Cincinnati Reds have patiently waited for Devin Mesoraco‘s touted bat to blossom at the major league level, and their patience has been rewarded this season. The organization’s first-rounder back in 2007 struts a .304/.375/.609 batting line and 2.9 fWAR (second-highest among catchers with at least […]

The Washington Nationals, the Best Team in Baseball

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Chris Moran is a second-year law student at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also an assistant coach with the baseball team at Washington University. He graduated from Wheaton College, where he wore the tools of ignorance for the baseball team. Follow him on twitter @hangingslurves. Yes, the title of this post is somewhat provocative. […]

Too much quality pitching means too many Quality Starts

With Felix Hernandez, Adam Wainwright was an Ultra Quality All-Star starter

There are many fans who are not fans of Quality Starts, simply because they do the math. A Quality Start (QS) is defined as a game in which the starting pitcher completes at least six innings and permits no more than three earned runs. The math in question is that if a pitcher meets the […]