Peter Gammons: Spotlight on the 2017 Royals

SURPRISE, ARIZONA—This is one of those springs where the Royals needed to get out and play. Raul Mondesi, who annually roomed with Yordano Ventura, needs to play and concentrate on showing Ned Yost he is ready to play second base in the big leagues. “We all need to play,” says Salvador Perez. “Focus on baseball.” […]

Peter Gammons: Reflections and notes from the Winter Meetings

NATIONAL HARBOR, Md.—Slowly, sometimes reluctantly, major league baseball executives are trickling into the Gaylord Hotel—which they will find is larger than Newfoundland– here on the Potomac River. There is a strong sense of relief that Commissioner Rob Manfred reached a deal with Tony Clark and the Players Association, yet most are in freeze-frame because until […]

Medlen Strong in 1st Post-Tommy John Start

The Kansas City Royals enter play on Thursday with a 12-game division lead and the majors’ second-best winning percentage (.611), thanks to a blend of stellar defense (an MLB-best +58 Defensive Runs Saved), a deep lineup (99 OPS+, 8th in MLB) and a shutdown bullpen (4.8 Wins Above Replacement, 3rd). Yet, for a club that’s […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) DODGERS 5, NATIONALS 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Dodgers 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) ANGELS 7, MARINERS 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Angels 0 0 3 1 0 2 1 […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) ANGELS 12, RANGERS 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Angels 3 2 2 1 4 0 0 […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The A’s activated utilityman Ben Zobrist from the DL and sent OF Craig Gentry to the minors. ZOBRIST YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP RC/G AVG HR RBI SB G TEAM 2013 32 […]

Around the majors report: Tim Hudson will probably retire

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 @BaseballEncyclo. 1) Giants P Tim Hudson says […]

The pen is mightier than the bat – LDS relievers

In the words of Bonnie Raitt: Let’s give ’em somethin’ to talk about LDS team bullpen performance 2014 LDS – Coming from the bullpen G IP AB H XBH ER BB K SV BS ERA WHIP 1. Kansas City Royals 3 12.0 37 4 2 1 5 12 2 0 0.75 0.750 2. San Francisco […]

Playoff bound starting pitchers since August 1st

Great pitching, as we know, wins championships. So as the playoff participants are all but officially clinched, it is time to start evaluating the great pitching that will ensue at weeks end. Here is a list of the top 30 staring pitchers that will be entering October on a postseason roster. The statistics below represent all […]