The Hit List

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

Cliff Lee loses a complete game

Cliff Lee

There were three times as many complete games yesterday as there had been all season combined and in one of the games, both pitchers went the distance. Julio Teheran pitched a three-hitter as his Atlanta Braves beat Cliff Lee and the Philadelphia Phillies, 1-0. It was the first 1-0 game that featured two complete games […]

A.J. Pierzynski prevents the Sox from breaking a team record

A.J. Pierzynski not drawing a walk last night

The Red Sox scored twice in the 14th inning last night (early this morning) defeating the White Sox, 6-4, and avoiding a four-game losing losing streak for the first time since 2012. While Jackie Bradley Jr.’s two-out double drove home the winning runs, it wasn’t their hitting that made the difference in this game, Boston […]

Horns of a dilemma – a hit a game or a cluster of hits?

paul goldschmidt

Okay, here’s your question to consider: You’ve got two batters with five hits in six games – Which would you rather have, the batter who in the six-game stretch had a four-hit game, or the batter who went one-fer in five of the games? That’s a question should keep you busy for awhile. 2014 – […]

Michael Pineda (Finally) Delivering in New York

michael pineda

Pine tar? Spit? Dirt? Whatever substance Yankees starter Michael Pineda is sporting on his right hand these days, he’s dealing. Pineda, acquired from the Mariners for Jesus Montero in a swap of potential franchise cornerstones-turned-fan-piñatas, is finally healthy and fooling hitters like he did as an All-Star rookie in 2011. His labrum now healed and […]

The 5-9 Red Sox and Reds both miss their leadoff batters

Where have you gone, Jacoby Ellsbury?

The 2013 World Champion Boston Red Sox and the perennially competitive Cincinnati Reds are both off to miserable 2014 starts, each at 5-9. There are numerous reasons why each of these teams are struggling but let’s not minimize the absence of last season’s leadoff batters Jacoby Ellsbury and Shin-Soo Choo. Neither team opted to pay […]

Ervin Santana Owning Lower Half with Deception

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Ervin Santana is making a lot of front office executives look silly this spring. Through two starts, the veteran right hander who turned down a qualifying offer from the Royals and signed an identical deal to join the Braves roughly a month ago boasts a 0.86 ERA that tops all qualified National League starters, and owns […]

42 to Know: In honor of Jackie Robinson Day


Today is the 67th anniversary of Jackie Robinson’s first game for the Brooklyn Dodgers. A day that changed more than professional baseball, it changed more than just professional sports, it changed America and changed the world. The event will be celebrated throughout baseball where we will see players of all colors and backgrounds wearing Jackie’s iconic […]

The cutter that saved Jesse Chavez’s career

jesse chavez

With Jarrod Parker undergoing Tommy John Surgery and A.J. Griffin rehabbing while hoping to avoid the same fate, the Oakland A’s were forced to slot Jesse Chavez into the rotation. The same Jesse Chavez who bounced from Pittsburgh to Atlanta to Kansas City to Toronto and finally the Bay Area, serving up bombs (1.4 home […]

It’s Tax Day and IRS will get you

Fernando Salas may be with the Angels, but he's the devil in disguise. Oh yes, he is.

Here in America April 15 is the day that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) wants to tax you. Let’s for a moment look at the meaning of the word “tax.” Tax defined a compulsory contribution to state revenue, levied by the government on workers’ income and business profits or added to the cost of some […]

Chase Utley is Aging Gracefully

Chase Utley is multi-tasking this season

Kevin Ruprecht is a Featured Writer of Beyond the Box Score. He also writes at Royal Stats for Everyone. You can follow him on Twitter at @KevinRuprecht. Chase Utley is having a hell of a start to the year. As of the dawn of tax day, Utley actually led the league in fWAR for position players. It’s […]