Peter Gammons: The lost game of pepper, Astros’ analytical approach, chess, and more

Ted Williams used to play pepper almost every day, for what he said was the feel of manipulating the bat and getting the daily feel of exacting the barrel of the bat to the ball. Yet, for a number of reasons like complaints by ground crews that players dug up the grass with their games, […]

Why Aren’t Teams Shifting Daniel Murphy?

Daniel Murphy is one of the best hitters in baseball this season. You know it. I know it. Murphy knows it. The Nationals, who signed him to what now looks like a historic bargain of a three-year, $37.5 million contact this winter, certainly know it. If you somehow don’t know it, though, allow me to give a quick […]

The Rays Rotation has a New Philosophy

Organizationally, the Rays always seem to have a knack for doing things a bit differently. Some of it might boil down to necessity, given Tampa’s small market size and comparably small payroll to the rest of the league, but there’s something admirable about how the Rays — perhaps largely due to Joe Maddon — constantly appear […]

Previewing 2016’s Best Fastballs with Saber-Scout Pitch f/x

Around this time last season, I wrote about the most untouchable pitches in baseball throughout 2014. I don’t usually like to toot my own horn around these parts, but I will today, because I had a dandy of a time writing it, and I feel like it’s one of the best pieces of work I’ve […]

MLB’s oldest current players

Baseball has always been the sport for aging men with decreasing speed and mobility. Satchel Paige finished his career in 1965 with the Kansas City Athletics, pitching a single game against the Boston Red Sox at the age of 59. In 1934, shortstop Charley O’Leary was called out of retirement at the age of 58 […]

Understanding, Appreciating Dallas Keuchel’s Defensive Prowess

For the next five seconds, I want you to close your eyes and think about Dallas Keuchel. Seriously. I mean, really think. Now, what things, specifically, came to mind? Physically, perhaps you envisioned the one thing that makes him most recognizable amongst his peers: The Beard! If not his physical attributes, then perhaps you envisioned some of his esteemed […]

Adam Eaton: Bucking the Short-Dude Power Conundrum

It’s a question I’ve asked myself a lot recently: Are we ready to live in a world where Adam Eaton hits dingers? Everything we’ve known to be true about Eaton says that, while he certainly has a bevy of skills at his disposal, like hitting for average or stealing bases or manning a respectable center field, he shouldn’t hit for […]

Collin McHugh and the Value of Fastball Elevation

Collin McHugh, by the standards he set in 2014, did not have a particularly good campaign in 2015. Though he eclipsed the 200-inning plateau for the first time in his career and came but one winning decision shy of becoming just the second 20-game winner in the last decade of Astros baseball, his baseline and peripheral statistics […]

2015 MLB Cost Per Win

Looking back at the 2015 regular season, it is important to make some league wide evaluations. Here is one of the most crucial stats for any front office: Cost Per Win. The following information has been gathered by a simple equation: Each team’s payroll (including luxury taxes) at seasons end divided by the number of wins that […]

The 20 pitchers who threw 3300+ pitches in 2015

There are 85 days until Opening Day, 2016. There are only about 35 days until pitchers and catchers report. There is no question that there are plenty of pitchers who are wondering when their arm will feel ready after their work loads of last season. Pressure innings, postseason pitching, accumulation of pitches, types of pitches, […]