The Hit List

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

Clippard Needs Pop-Ups, Low Changeups to Thrive in Queens

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The New York Mets sought to upgrade a middling bullpen on Monday, shipping right-handed pitching prospect Casey Meisner to the Oakland A’s for Tyler Clippard. The 30-year-old Clippard is seemingly enjoying a nice platform season as he struts into free agency, compiling a 2.79 ERA and 17 saves. He should help a Mets relief corps […]

Jose Reyes Expanding His Strike Zone

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So, Jose Reyes is a Colorado Rockie — at least for the moment. Along with prospects Jeff Hoffman, Miguel Castro and an as yet-unnamed third minor leaguer, the 32-year-old switch-hitter is part of Colorado’s haul for trading franchise icon Troy Tulowitzki to the Blue Jays. It’s fair, however, to wonder whether Reyes will actually ever […]

Blue Jays Add Tulo, Try to Bludgeon Way into Playoffs

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The Toronto Blue Jays, featuring MLB’s best offense (5.28 runs per game) but few standouts on the mound (4.33 runs allowed per game, 10th-worst), have been connected to a plethora of starting pitchers who could be moved prior to Friday’s trade deadline. The Jays might still add an arm, but they decided to bolster their […]

Alex Rodriguez on his birthday

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Alex Rodriguez turns 40 today and we have not seen if he is in the lineup tonight as the Yankees face the Rangers in Texas. A-Rod has not played on his birthday since 2010 Rk Date Tm Opp Rslt PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO Pos 1 2010-07-27 NYY CLE L […]

Nine to Notes from the Bill Chuck Files

David Price is averaging 93.9 mph on his fastball this season after 93.1 last year and 93.4 in 2013.Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Nine to Know: Sunday July 26, 2015 The Yankees record for the most pitchers used in a season is 26, set in 2007 (where have you gone Colter Bean?); the Yanks have used 25 so far this season. Josh Donaldson leads all players in PA without hitting for a seasonal cycle; he’s had 429 PA […]

Nine to No-No: Notes from the Cole Hamels No-Hitter

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Cole Hamels, in what may be his last game as a member of the Phillies, tossed a complete game no-hitter blanking the Cubs, 5-0. Dexter Fowler walked twice for the Cubs. Nine to No: The Cole Hamels Masterpiece Cole Hamels threw 129 pitches, 83 for strikes, Hamels averaged 88.7 mph reaching a high of 95.9 […]

Tracking the Mets anemic scoring

Clayton Kershaw celebrates his three-hit shutout against the New York Mets with catcher Yasmani Grandal at Citi Field. The Dodgers defeated the Mets 3-0.  Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

After being shutout by Clayton Kershaw and the Dodgers last night, the Mets now have a 49-47 record which is pretty amazing considering how anemic their scoring has been this season Nine to Know: The Mets don’t score that frequently The Mets have now been shut out 11 times, the same as the Phillies, it’s […]

Nola Impresses, Gets Tough-Luck Loss in MLB Debut

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For all of the thrills that Phillies fans have enjoyed in the recent past — five straight division titles from 2007-11, a 2008 World Series trophy — it’s hard not to feel some sense of sympathy for Phightin’ loyalists who have watched their empire crumble. With a roster filled primarily by fading stars and C-plus […]

Yordano Ventura Doesn’t Look Broken

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In a few short months, Yordano Ventura has devolved from the opening day starter for the reigning AL pennant-winning Royals to the newest member of the Triple-A Omaha Storm Chasers. Kansas City signed the 24-year-old to a five-year, $23 million contract extension this past spring, with a pair of $12 million club options that could […]

Newberg: YOLO

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I stretched out, motionless, in the pool, having given up on Dallas Keuchel and Will Little’s masterpiece two runs shy of its final, and as I settled in towards the second nap of the day, I thought. I thought about advancing the ball in a couple of the cases I’m handling, and advancing the ball with our select baseball […]