In 2015, there were the fewest complete games ever

There were 104 complete games thrown in 2015, the fewest ever thrown. Is it any wonder that there is so much interest in bullpen pitchers this Hot Stove season? The last season in which at least 300 complete games were thrown was 1998 when there were 302. Here are the 21 seasons with the fewest […]

How about a little CK for the holidays?

Here’s a great product placement for CK cologne, don’t you think? And, don’t you think it would be nice if the folks at Calvin Klein should reward my generosity with a nice gift pack of CK? While they ponder that, have you noticed that three of the best pitchers in baseball have the initials “CK”? […]

Rationalizing David Price’s Contract

Committing seven years and $217-million to someone who has never been considered the best pitcher in baseball is a risky proposition that leaves a lot of people questioning the landscape of free agency in the MLB. David Price is far from mediocre, he’s a tremendous starter and down the stretch of the year, for the […]

2015 IP Leaders by Team

There were 28 pitchers who threw 200.0+ innings in 2015 with the White Sox having three and the Braves, Cubs, Astros, Dodgers, and Nationals having two each. The 28 was the lowest total for a full season since the 25 in 1947. There a dozen teams that did not have a pitcher reach 200 innings pitched. […]

The Bard of Wrigley

I know, I know. If you had your choice you’d like to take all three in your rotation and vote all three the Cy Young, baseball’s award for the best pitcher in baseball for the season that was. But Jake Arreita didn’t win the award because  Los Angeles Dodgers teammates Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke knocked each other […]

Coffee and Clippings: Rich Hill signs with A’s for one year, $6m

Peter Abraham (@PeteAbe) of the Boston Globe on the A’s signing of Rich Hill for the 2016 season… Without other options, Hill signed with the independent Long Island Ducks and returned to starting for the first time since 2009. Hill struck out 21 in 11 innings for the Ducks and was signed to a minor […]

Postseason innings count! The ten pitchers with 225+ IP in 2015

The 2015 season is officially over but for some pitchers the ache in their arms from throwing a lot of innings remains. In some cases, it’s not the number of innings pitched, number of pitches thrown, or the number of stressful pitches thrown, for many pitchers, young or old, in 2015 they simply threw more […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: November 1, 2015

As the Sports Illustrated cover curse hits the Mets’ Daniel Murphy, here’s the latest from the Files… Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Files – November 1, 2015 Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland is the only pitcher to allow a homer to the first batter he faced and homer in his first at bat. […]

Coffee and Clippings: Rangers turn to Hamels for ALDS Game 5, who’s in an unfamiliar position

Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) of the Dallas Morning News discusses Game 5 of the ALDS as Cole Hamels takes the mound for Texas… He has clinched playoff spots. He has clinched postseason series. He has won a World Series. And, for crying out loud, he was the World Series MVP. One thing Cole Hamels has never […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: October 11, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 10/11/15 The Nationals only hit three triples at home all season. Of the 20 batters with 30+ homers, Paul Goldschmidt led with 29 intentional walks, while Josh Donaldson was the only one with one IBB. Matt Harvey pitched four games against the AL East and had […]