The Hit List

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

My Kind of Town, Chicago Is – The June Report

Chicago Cubs left fielder Chris Coghlan hit .357 with runners in scoring position in June Credit: Caylor Arnold-USA TODAY Sports

This is my kind of town, Chicago is Nine to Know: the Cubs and White Sox in June The NL Central went 76-57 in June and each team played at least .500 baseball including the Cubs who went 14-14. The AL Central went 58-72 as only the Royals were over .500 with the White Sox […]

Newberg: The upside of moving Joey Gallo down

joey gallo texas rangers

When the season started, if you’d told me that in the last few days of June, Dez Bryant would rifle a one-hop shot off my glove at third base and the Texas Rangers would be optioning Joey Gallo to AAA Round Rock to make way for the re-activation of Josh Hamilton, I’m not sure which of three or […]

New York, New York in June

Yankees catcher Brian McCann hit .409 with runners in scoring position in June  Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

I like New York in June, how about you? Nine to Know for the Yankees and Mets in June In June, as the AL East went 81-57 with each team playing at least .500 baseball, the Yankees went 15-12. In the NL East, which went 57-77  and only the Nationals were over .500, the Mets were 12-15. […]

A Cardinal Transformation: How Randal Grichuk’s Power Has Blossomed with St. Louis

Randal Grichuk cardinals

The St. Louis Cardinals are, I think it’s fair to say at this point, the best team in baseball. Winners of six straight and owners of baseball’s best record (51-24), run differential (+98) and divisional lead (9 games) heading into this week, Mike Matheny and company are steamrolling their way toward another World Series appearance and doing […]

Nolan Arenado Striking Early, Striking Often

nolan arenado rockies

The Colorado Rockies are buried at the bottom of the NL West standings yet again in 2015, but they can at least take comfort in possessing a second full-fledged star on the left side of the infield. Much like shortstop Troy Tulowitzki, third baseman Nolan Arenado might just be the game’s best two-way talent at […]

Pedro Alvarez’s Career Has Ground to a Halt

pedro alvarez

In July of 2013, Pedro Alvarez earned what figured to be his first of many All-Star appearances. The second overall pick in the 2008 draft took part in the Home Run Derby at Citi Field, a fitting honor for a slugger who would go on to launch a National league-best 36 round-trippers while helping the […]

Matz a Two-Way Threat During MLB Debut

steven matz mets

The New York Mets, quickly falling behind the Washington Nationals in the NL East standings and plating the second-fewest runs per game (3.5) in the National League, gave their slumbering lineup an adrenaline needle to the heart by calling up the club’s top prospect on Sunday. The 24-year-old talent from Stony Brook, New York, batting […]

The Trouble with Triples

"The Trouble with Tribbles" from the original Star Trek series, season 2, episode 13

The biggest trouble with triples is that they are so infrequent that when they happen we feel obliged to talk about them. So far this season, there have been: 12,731 singles 3627 doubles 2071 home runs 395 triples That’s why when on Thursday the Giants defeated the Padres, 13-8, we don’t talk about the fact […]

The best and the worst 4th inning pitchers

Liriano Francisco

Even if you are pitching a perfect game, the 4th inning is when you get to face a batter for the second time and when you are imperfect, the 4th inning is often the turning point inning as the starter tries to head towards a Quality or Ultra Quality Start. So it is not mere […]

What’s Wrong with Chris Tillman?

chris tillman orioles

A few months ago, contract extension talks were hot and heavy between the Baltimore Orioles and Chris Tillman. The O’s wanted to lock up the 27-year-old long-term, viewing Tillman as an important mid-rotation arm who had proven durable by topping 200 innings pitched in both 2013 and 2014. Tillman, though, reportedly wanted a shorter Lance […]