The Hit List

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

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 […]

Hisashi Iwakuma’s Logic-Defying Fastball

Who would have thought that arguably the leading candidate for the 2013 AL Cy Young Award would be a Seattle Mariner not named Felix Hernandez? As good as King Felix has been, rotation mate Hisashi Iwakuma has been even better. In his second season stateside, Iwakuma ranks second among qualified major league starters in ERA+ (204) and strikeout-to-walk ratio […]

Chris Sale On His Game, Still Gets The Loss

There are tough losses, and then there’s what White Sox starter Chris Sale suffered Friday night against the Houston Astros. The string bean, sidearm-throwing lefty tortured the ‘Stros, striking out 14 hitters and walking one but also giving up two unearned runs, thanks to a rough night in the field for shortstop Alexi Ramirez. How dominant was Sale? Consider: Houston batters […]

Matt Moore Is Getting Hit. Hard. What Gives?

The Tampa Bay Rays are that team that every other team wants to be. OK, maybe not this year judging by their spot in the standings (Which shouldn’t matter anyway because who knows what kind of tricks wacky Joe Maddon has up his sleeve. What? No one calls him that? So noted), but no other team in […]

NL Best & Worst Hitters Home & Away

I know it is not a revelation, but there is no National League hitting equivalent of Miguel Cabrera.   NL Home and Away Stars The closest we can find in terms of home and away hitting in the NL, is the Brewers Carlos Gomez who is hitting .362 in Milwaukee and .378 away from home. Next among the […]

Chasing Halladay Out of Games

Batters Stop Chasing Halladay’s Stuff, Chase Him Out Of Games Roy Halladay is headed to the disabled list due to right shoulder inflammation, following seven brutal starts in which the two-time Cy Young Award winner surrendered nearly an earned run per inning pitched (8.65 ERA) and posted a walk rate (4.5 BB/9) approaching two and a […]