The Hit List

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

With Cole Pitching Wild Card Game, Bucs Aren’t Merely Arrieta’s Next Prey

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With the Pirates no longer in the running for the NL Central crown, a pall has seemingly been cast over PNC Park. Sure, the Bucs are playoff-bound for a third straight season — a once-unfathomable prospect for a team that set a record for the most consecutive losing seasons in North American sports history from […]

Newberg: 162+

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There were just seven weeks left in the season, and the Rangers, who two weeks earlier sat eight games out in the West, had won 12 of 17 since a 21-5 disaster at the hands of the Yankees. There were seven weeks left, and someone asked Jon Daniels during the Q&A portion of our Newberg […]

AAAA journeyman Rich Hill finds his stuff in Boston

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A few months ago, Rich Hill‘s ambitions for the 2015 season had to be pretty modest. The 35-year-old lefty, cut loose from affiliated ball when the Washington Nationals released him in June, latched on with the Long Island Ducks. Maybe he’d perform well enough to get another look at the Triple-A level, in hopes of […]

Video: Peter Gammons on postseason-bound Blue Jays, Royals, Tigers and Sonny Gray

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Peter Gammons joined The Rundown to talk about the issues facing the Blue Jays heading into the postseason, the Royals bullpen, and the positive outlook for the Tigers entering next season. He also touches on whether the Athletics would consider trading their youthful ace Sonny Gray. Your browser does not support iframes.

Newberg: Tight

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Back home for the duration, facing the second-worst team in the American League, your warrior-beast on the mound, and that happens. Meanwhile, the Astros win by one run and the Angels win by one run and, hell, even the Twins won, though by a cushiony two-run margin. It’s a bad movie script. Tip of the cap […]

Dissecting Michael Wacha’s September Struggles

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Mike Matheny’s starting rotation defied the lofty odds inherent with losing Adam Wainwright to the disabled list earlier this season, effectively utilizing the “next man up” mentality to collect baseball’s lowest rotational ERA since the beginning of May (2.99) — en route to MLB’s best record — sans the presence of a perennial Cy Young talent. Yet, as anyone […]

Sunday Nine to Notes for September 27, 2015

Anatomy of an MVP season: In April, Bryce  Harper hit .286; in May, he hit .360; in June, he hit .370; in July, he hit .300; in August, he hit .327; and so far this month, he's hitting .390.

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files, 9/27/15 The Cardinals have allowed opponents one run or less in an MLB-leading 47 games this season going 45-2 in those games, the Mets are next going 34-4 in 38 games. Chris Sale leads the majors with 13 double-digit strikeout games, which included a streak of eight […]

2015 HR Split Leaders

Edwin  Encarnacion and Mark  Teixeira lead the majors with 31 homers from the clean-up slot. Credit: Peter Llewellyn-USA TODAY Sports

Nine to Know: Home Run Split Leaders Josh Donaldson leads the majors hitting 21 homers when the score is tied, Mike Trout is next with 18. Nelson Cruz and Giancarlo Stanton lead the majors hitting 16 homers in a losing cause. Nelson Cruz has hit 18 homers in the 7th inning or later to lead […]

Christian Yelich, Adjustment, and the Ingredients of a 2016 Breakout

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On both a team and individual level, the last 30 days in Major League Baseball have encompassed a flurry of intriguing storylines. Heading into many teams’ final stretch-run toward the postseason (and others’ plight toward playoff obscurity), we’ve seen Bryce Harper arguably at his best. We’ve seen Yoenis Cespedes stake his claim as a potential NL MVP candidate. […]

Newberg: 3.0

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Some of you have asked why I haven’t started up with the Magic Number countdown. I suppose it’s because of the way this season has gone.  It’s been an incredible six-month battle, starting with the news that Yu Darvish would be lost for the season and leading to a second straight year in which the Rangers have lost — by far — the most games to […]