The Hit List

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

Inferior Starts leaders

Justin Masterson is the majors Inferior Start leader

I like to group things in order to better understand and compare performances. It is particularly helpful when it comes to looking at the consistency of pitchers. We have had two groups of pitching performances to help us understand the efficacy of starters: Quality Starts and Ultra Quality Starts, but we have not had a […]

Are 10 strikeout, 0 walk games increasing? You bet.

Ervin Santana was brilliant for the Braves yesterday vs. the Padres

Stat from the crypt: The folks at Elias tell us that yesterday, the Padres tied the major league record by having their sixth game in which the opposing starter had 10+ strikeouts without walking anyone, tying the record set by the 1998 Pirates. In a game more memorable for the outstanding performance of the Padres […]

33 three-triple games since 1914

Yasiel Puig slides safely into third after hitting a triple in the 1st inning Friday night. Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

Friday night, in the first game of the Dodgers’ three-game sweep of the Giants, Yasiel Puig made his first start of the season in center field memorable by tying a franchise record with three triples. Brooklyn Dodger Jimmy Sheckard hit three in 1901. There have been 33 three-triple games since 1914 Puig is the third […]

Standings Room Only – July 28

Brandon Moss is greeted by Coco Crisp, Josh Donaldson and Eric Sogard after his grand slam home run in A's 13-1 victory. Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports.

This is our weekly look under the standings to help understand the standings. Nine to Know The Brewers and the Dodgers are 59-47. The Nationals and Tigers are 57-45. The Braves and the Giants are 57-48. The Reds (52-52) are the only team at .500 this week. The Reds most recently were at .500 when […]

Are Lefty Hitters Getting Squeezed Less Often?

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In some respects, lefty batters live a charmed life. They frequently benefit from the platoon advantage, considering that about 73% of MLB pitches have been thrown by right-handers this season. If a player hits with authority from the left side and plays a premium position on the diamond, he can pretty much write his own […]

Strike, Ball…Trout Hits ‘Em All

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Mike Trout is 22 years old — the same age as the average High-A California League prospect — yet we’ve already run out of ways to describe the Angel center fielder’s preternatural gifts. By now you probably know that Trout has passed Ty Cobb for the most career Wins Above Replacement through age 22 (26.1) […]

I Believe in Stephen Vogt (And You Should, Too)

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As if there weren’t enough reasons to believe Billy Bean has been baseball’s best front-office executive this season, the Oakland Athletics’ general manager is yet again reaping the benefits of an under-the-radar deal — this time coming from the one made April 6 of 2013 when he acquired Stephen Vogt from Tampa Bay as part of […]

Can Chase Headley Rise From Offensive Depths?

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A few years ago, Chase Headley looked like a franchise player for the Padres — or at least a coveted trade chip to acquire a fleet of prospects fitting that description. The switch-hitter busted out at the plate in 2012, complementing his already stellar glove work by posting the best park-and-league-adjusted OPS (45 percent above […]

The outstanding MLB Network HOF Intro (VIDEO)

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In case you didn’t see the memorable intro to its Hall of Fame coverage, here is the great production work of the MLB Network

Scott Van Slyke finds success despite splits

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Stuart Wallace is an associate managing editor and writer at Beyond The Box Score. You can follow him on Twitter at @TClippardsSpecs. It has been a disappointing season thus far for the Big Four of the Los Angeles Dodgers outfield. The All-Star level of play from Yasiel Puig notwithstanding, the lack of production from Carl Crawford, Andre […]