The Hit List

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

MLB says: “Thanks, Derek” (VIDEO)

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Understanding the standings redux

Los Angeles Angels players Mike Trout, Albert Pujols, Erick Aybar, and Howie Kendrick celebrate after winning the American League West Division title   Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Nine to Know: 1. Since July 5, the Nationals have the best record in the National League at 41-25 (.621) but that’s not nearly as interesting as the Braves and the Brewers each having a 27-38 (.415) record. 2. After you are done appreciating the Orioles and Angels, look at the A’s and the Brewers […]

Seven beautiful innings = One no-decision

Cole Hamels is Mr. ND

This season there have been 370 games in which a starter threw seven innings and ended up with a no-decision or as I call it a “Don Sutton“ Four pitchers pitched great games last night only to get four no-decisions and to of the pitchers watched their team end up on losing side of the […]

Steve Pearce Destroying Heat for Buck Showalter

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The Baltimore Orioles have both literally and figuratively run away with the American League East this season, wrapping up the division with a convincing and efficient 8-2 victory Tuesday night over Toronto. One of the main reasons Buck Showalter and company have managed to accomplish that impressive feat has been the production of its offense […]

Cruz, Stanton, Abreu, Trout, and the amazing VMart are 30/30 guys

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Nelson Cruz picked up his 30th double of the season last night in the AL East champion Orioles 6-1 win over the Blue Jays. With that double he joins four other great hitters who this season have 30 homers and 30 doubles. The 2014 30-30 club Player HR 2B Age Tm Lg AB R H […]

Runs scored/Runs allowed in the first three innings

Giancarlo  Stanton leads the majors with an OPS of 1.074 in innings one-through-three. I look forward to smile returning next season.

A game, like the season, is more of a marathon than a sprint. You need to be competitive in the beginning, middle, and, of course, the end. On the other hand, a game is also like a dash, you have to start strong Here’s  what I’m referring to: The Tigers have scored the most runs […]

Take 90-seconds to appreciate this Gatorade tribute to Derek Jeter (Updated w/print ad)

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Gatorade saluting Derek Jeter, who always did it his way. According to Adweek, Jeter wrote some of the copy here and even suggested the Frank Sinatra song that serves as soundtrack for the ad, by TBWA\Chiat\Day in Los Angeles. Gatorade, the official sports drink of Major League Baseball since 1990, roped off a few blocks before […]

Jose Altuve is a 2014 rarity

Fans hold signs after Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve (gets his 211th hit of the season at Minute Maid Park.  Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Last night, the Indians’ Corey Kluber faced the Astros and struck out a career-high 14 in seven innings allowing one run and seven hits and lowered his his ERA to a sparkling 2.54. In a league filled with great pitchers, Kluber is in the top 10 ranking seventh. The Astros ended up with nine hits […]

Home is where the…Commonalities of ballparks

The Baltimore Orioles clinch the AL East championship  at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

We all know the teams that remain in contention for the postseason, so there is no need for me to rehash their stats at this team as their will be plenty of time to slice, dice, and julienne those numbers in the next couple of weeks. But now that Baltimore, Washington, and the Angels have […]

Three more 1-0 wins yesterday

Cubs celebrate like it's 2015: Anthony Rizzo (second from right) is hit with water thrown by teammates after hitting a walkoff HR for a 1-0 win against the Cincinnati Reds.  Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

There were three 1-0 games last night in the 11 games played Ben Zobrist picked up a walkoff single with two outs in the bottom of the 9th to give the Tampa Bay Rays a 1-0 win over the Yankees to eliminate the New Yorkers from the AL East title race. The Rays, like the […]