The Hit List

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

Cole, Fernandez Getting Outs, If Not Whiffs, With Blazing Fastballs

Catchers on both clubs will ice sore hands this afternoon, as Pittsburgh’s Gerrit Cole squares off against Miami’s Jose Fernandez. Cole is tied with the Mets’ Matt Harvey for the highest average fastball velocity (95.4 MPH) among starting pitchers, while Fernandez (94.6 MPH) also ranks in the top 10. You might think such premium gas would lead to lots of swings and […]

Why The Yankees Have Gone 23-28 Since May 26

This is not a look at the injuries, turmoil, or the budgetary restrictions of the 2013 New York Yankees. To quote Dragnet’s Joe Friday, “Just the facts, ma’am.” Since May 26 After play on May 26, the Yankees were 30-19 (.612) and basically tied with the Red Sox who were 31-20 (.608) for first place. […]

Moore Love

Let it be soon, don’t hesitate Make it now, don’t wait Open your heart & let my love come in I want the moment to start when I can fill your heart with…  I’m not sure whether it was Tampa Raytion or Matt Moore, but I could have sworn I heard someone singing the greatSmokey Robinson hit, More […]

Matt Harvey Was Marvy Yesterday

Marvy Met Matt Harvey With all that goes on each day in baseball, we may not take appropriate notice of someone from whom we already expect brilliance. Don’t do that. Appreciate great performances. Appreciate the Mets wunderkind, Matt Harvey. Look at Some Harvey Numbers Yesterday, Harvey, who appears potentially no-hittable in each start, pitched seven shutout […]

Max Scherzer Platoon-Proof In 2013

With apologies to Justin Verlander, Detroit has a new ace. Max Scherzer has taken the great leap forward that both scouts and statheads have long prophesized, establishing new full-season bests in ERA+ (133) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (4.90). The 28-year-old righty with one blue eye and one green eye had been a totally different pitcher depending upon which side […]

R.A. Dickey Loses Zip On His Knuckler

During the offseason, the Blue Jays parted with top prospects Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard and ponied up a two-year, $25 million contract extension to pry 2012 NL Cy Young Award winner R.A. Dickey from the Mets. But the knuckleballer hasn’t been the top-of-the rotation arm the Jays expected, with his ERA climbing by nearly two runs per nine innings pitched […]

Will Middlebrooks Learn? Will The Red Sox?

When I was a kid, I felt like my dad was always teaching me something new about baseball. One of the things he had to keep reminding me of is to contain my excitement about rookies when they first come up to the bigs. There were no such things like the sabermetrics and in-depth analysis […]

What Has Adam Jones Been Doing Since He’s Not Walking?

“What has Adam Jones been doing since he’s not walking?” Sounds more like a David Letterman sketch than a baseball analytic article. On May 18, Jones Was Facing the Tampa Bay Rays at Camden Yards He homered his first time up. He grounded out his second and third times up. But in the bottom of the 6th, he walked […]

Oswalt’s Fastball: Feast-Or-Famine

During his halcyon days with the Astros and Phillies, Roy Oswalt generated impressive velocity by hurling every bit of his 6-foot, 190 pound frame toward home plate with a drop-and-drive delivery. As Oswalt aged and his body betrayed him — he’s got a degenerative disc condition in his back — those 93s and 94s on the radar gun […]

Boston Should Be Worried About Their Pitching

As I pointed out yesterday, the Red Sox revival this season has more to do with John Farrell‘s magic with getting the most out of timely hitting and good clubhouse chemistry than with his presumed talents with a pitching staff. The Red Sox are seventh in the league with a team ERA of 3.84. Their starters […]