The Hit List

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

Category Leaders for batters hitting under .200

Houston Astros third baseman Luis Valbuena is hitting .194 but has hit six homers  Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

OBP leaders for batters hitting under .200 Rk Player OBP BA Tm G PA AB H BB HBP 1 Russell Martin .323 .173 TOR 16 65 52 9 10 2 2 Jose Bautista .322 .149 TOR 14 59 47 7 11 1 3 Andrew McCutchen .315 .186 PIT 18 73 59 11 9 3 4 […]

Wins/losses by runs

The Milwaukee Brewers are 0-6 when scoring two runs

This is very simple investigation, which teams do best and worst based on the runs their team scores. The teams listed are the leaders. 0 Runs The Giants, Pirates, Twins, and Brewers have been shut out three times each. 1 Run The Phils (1-4) and Diamondbacks (0-5) have scored one run five times each. The […]

Newberg: Josh Hamilton and the accountability partnership

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This contribution was provided by Jamey Newberg of The Newberg Report. The Newberg Report provides daily coverage of the Texas Rangers. Dear Josh: Apologize. Wear it. Come clean. This is the perfect fit for you, even though you may not be the perfect fit for them.  This is the one place that might — might — work for you in […]

DeSclafani’s Strike Zone Boldness is Paying Dividends

Anthony DeSclafani

In a rotation featuring $105 million man Homer Bailey and soon-to-be $200 million free agent prize Johnny Cueto, who would have thought that the Reds’ best starter so far would be a twice-traded rookie who didn’t crack some prospect evaluators’ top-five list for the franchise before the 2015 season? Anthony DeSclafani, acquired this past December […]

Eleven to know about the Mets eleven in a row

The New York Mets outfield of Curtis Granderson (3), Kirk Nieuwenhuis (9) and Juan Lagares (12) celebrate another win  Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

From April 12 to April 23, 2015, the Mets have won 11 straight games, tying the longest winning streak in their 54-year franchise history. They also had 11-game winning streaks in 1969, 1972, 1986, and 1990. Eleven on Eleven Four players have appeared in all 11 games: Lucas Duda, Juan Lagares, Curtis Granderson, and Daniel […]

Chris Archer Baffles Hitters with Refined Slider Command

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While the Tampa Bay Rays attempt to tread water in the AL East sans Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Alex Colome in what looked to be a formidable starting rotation a few months back, Chris Archer has embraced his role as staff ace early in 2015 and continues to build a strong Cy Young portfolio. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old tabbed his third consecutive start […]

Newberg: Big Picture

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This contribution was provided by Jamey Newberg of The Newberg Report. The Newberg Report provides daily coverage of the Texas Rangers. I’m not really a pack rat, but I do tend to hang onto remnants of my insanities.  Stuff I’ve written.  A fractured aluminum Easton 33” from high school.  The sports pages the day after the Herschel Trade. […]

Where’s the Whiffs for Bumgarner?

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Madison Bumgarner enters tonight’s showdown against Clayton Kershaw with something to prove. Sure, Bumgarner is the reigning World Series MVP and a postseason demi-god (2.14 career ERA in October, including an all-time low 0.25 mark in the Fall Classic). He’s a horse, having tossed 270 innings between the regular and postseason in 2014, and he […]

Nine Zeros so far this season

Jacoby Ellsbury is still looking for his first RBI of 2015

Nine to Know: Zeros Nori Aoki leads the majors with 71 PA and zero homers. Desmond Jennings leads the majors with 57 PA and zero extra-base hits. Craig Gentry leads the majors with 25 PA and zero hits. Elvis Andrus leads the majors with 63 PA and zero walks. Ruben Tejada leads the majors with 14 PA and zero whiffs. Jacoby Ellsbury leads the […]

A-Rod Riding Three True Outcomes to Redemption

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Alex Rodriguez is 39 years old, playing with a pair of surgically repaired hips, and entered the 2015 season having last taken a swing in a major league game in September of 2013. Truth be told, the Yankees probably hoped he’d never taking another one, which would have saved them some of the $64 million […]