Video: Peter Gammons talks Hanley Ramirez, Masahiro Tanaka, and the NL Cy Young

Peter Gammons joins Kelly Nash and The Rundown on MLB Network to discuss Hanley Ramirez, Rick Porcello, Kenta Maeda, Masahiro Tanaka, and Kyle Hendricks and the NL Cy Young race…

Coffee and Clippings: Prince pulls Rangers closer to the top

T. R. Sullivan (@Sullivan_Ranger) and Brian McTaggart (@brianmctaggart) of MLB.com talk about Prince Fielder’s big game for the Rangers as Texas moves within a half game of the Astros… Prince Fielder hit a two-run home run in the eighth inning, giving the Rangers a 5-3 victory over the Astros in the opener of their four-game […]

Chris Archer’s Waging a Ground War

The Tampa Bay Rays, picked by some to bring up the rear in the AL East standings, are squarely in contention thanks in large part to a dominant rotation. Entering play Thursday, Rays starters have the second-best ERA (3.49) among AL clubs, and have punched out the third-most batters per nine frames (8.4 K/9). While […]

Breaking Down Lincecum’s 1st Inning Woes

The San Francisco Giants’ rotation, once a beacon of strength, is in shambles. Sure, the defending World Series champs still boast Madison Bumgarner, but the lefty’s renowned endurance and dominance can’t cover for all of the Giants’ other question marks. Former ace Matt Cain‘s back on the DL with a flexor strain, a year after […]

Big Unit: An All-Time Late Bloomer

2015 Hall of Fame inductee Randy Johnson has nearly unparalleled Cooperstown credentials. The Big Unit earned five Cy Young Awards during his career, second-most all time behind Roger Clemens (seven). He boasts the all-time highest K rate (10.6 per nine innings) among pitchers throwing 1,000+ innings, and his career Wins Above Replacement total (104.3) trails […]

King Felix’s Changeup Now His Go-To Pitch

When a player’s primary pitch is his changeup, should we really even call it a changeup? Ponder that question next time Felix Hernandez embarrasses someone with a fastball-velocity offering that suddenly plummets toward the ground like a wasp smacked with a Sunday newspaper. While chasing his first career playoff appearance and his second Cy Young […]

Odorizzi’s Splitter Makes his Fastball Lethal, Too

Over the past year, Jake Odorizzi has progressed from “the other dude in the Wil Myers trade” to arguably Tampa’s best pitcher in a post-David Price landscape. The former Royals farmhand has punched out 10.2 batters per nine innings this season, the fifth-highest rate among qualified starters and better than Price himself (10 K/9). Odorizzi […]

Legends of the Game: Decade by decade RSAA leaders

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @ATMreports. Today’s Legends of the Game are […]

Kershaw’s Slider Gets Even Nastier

OK, now Clayton Kershaw‘s just being vindictive. The 26-year-old lefty, fresh off earning his second career Cy Young Award and signing the richest pitching deal in MLB history (seven years, $215 million), has brushed off an early-season back ailment and is inflicting nearly unprecedented pain on opposing batters. He recently reeled off a 41 inning scoreless streak, the longest in […]