The Hit List

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

This season’s pitchers with 10+ losses

Shelby Miller has a record of 5-11 this season despite a 2.62 ERA

Repeat after me: ‘WON-LOST RECORDS DO NOT MATTER. THEY DO NOT MATTER.” Just ask Shelby Miller and Max Scherzer. But they might matter to the rest of these guys. Pitchers with at least 10 losses this season Check out the ERA of Miller and Scherzer. Rk Player L Tm G GS CG SHO W W-L% […]

This season’s starters with at least 10 no-decisions

Toronto Blue Jays' Drew Hutchinson is one lucky pitcher with a 9.80 ERA in his no-decisions   Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

“If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” is a philosophical thought experiment that raises questions regarding observation and knowledge of reality. “If Won-Lost records don’t matter for starters, do No Decisions make an impact?” is a philosophical baseball thought experiment that raises […]

Have you noticed how many 10-spots the Jays have posted?

DH Edwin Encarnacion (10) watches his team defeat the Rangers 12-4.  Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Wednesday night, Edwin Encarnacion hit a grand slam to extend his hitting streak to 21 games, David Price‘s celebrated his 30th birthday (is he now too old for the Red Sox?) and the Blue Jays clobbered the postseason wannabe Texas Rangers, 12-4. It was the 20th time the Blue Jays have scored 10+ in a […]

Gregory Polanco Has Lift Off

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During the first three months of the 2015 season, Gregory Polanco was the world’s most physically imposing banjo hitter. The 6-foot-5, 230 pound Polanco beefed up over the winter and worked on his swing mechanics with David Ortiz, lending hope to Pirates fans who expected the former top-10 prospect to unleash his power stroke following […]

Medlen Strong in 1st Post-Tommy John Start

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The Kansas City Royals enter play on Thursday with a 12-game division lead and the majors’ second-best winning percentage (.611), thanks to a blend of stellar defense (an MLB-best +58 Defensive Runs Saved), a deep lineup (99 OPS+, 8th in MLB) and a shutdown bullpen (4.8 Wins Above Replacement, 3rd). Yet, for a club that’s […]

Mo-Town Renaissance: How Ian Kinsler Turned Back the Clock for Rejuvenated Second-Half

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Big-league hitters, unlike fine wine, typically don’t get better with age. We know this because we can physically see it on the field, when joints, bat speed and reaction times begin to progressively deteriorate over time. But we also know this because we can prove it in hard data. Declines in production carry levels of variance from player to […]

Francisco Lindor Handles Heat, Breaks Out for Tribe in Second Half

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Glove? Check. Arm? You bet. Speed? Duh. Bat? We’ll see. The words you have just read form the basis for what many considered an accurate — albeit unfairly brief — scouting report on Cleveland Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor prior to his June 13 callup from Triple-A Columbus. And, for the most part, this evaluation has proved an […]

Nine to Notes: Sunday, August 23, 2015

David Price is 8-0 vs. the AL Central this season, Nathan Eovaldi is 7-0.Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files The Brewers’ Khris Davis has four multi-homer games this season and five in his career. The Orioles’ Chris Davis has four multi-homer games this season and 11 in his career. Will the Blue Jays be haunted by their 12-24 record in one-run games? Only the A’s at […]

Mike Fiers’ No-Hitter Heat Map

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With Nolan Ryan in attendance, Mike Fiers threw the first no-history in Minute Maid Park history with his career-high 134 pitches to beat the Dodgers 3-0. It was the Astros’ first no-hitter since the Roy Oswalt, Peter Munro, Kirk Saarloos, Brad Lidge, Octavio Dotel, and Billy Wagner combo on June 11, 2003, against the Yankees […]

Sheehan: The NL East is Awful

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From the desk of Joe Sheehan. Joe Sheehan (@joe_sheehan) writes for Sports Illustrated and publishes the Joe Sheehan Baseball Newsletter. If you’ve read any of my writing on college basketball over the years, you’ve seen me wrestle with the issue of measuring conference strength given limited inter-conference data. It’s an even bigger problem in college football, […]