Joe Sheehan Newsletter: Tanking Revisited

The Joe Sheehan Newsletter Vol. 8, No. 8 March 10, 2016 The Joe Sheehan Newsletter is presented by Scoresheet Baseball. Scoresheet Baseball is the only simulation fantasy baseball game that uses the current season’s stats. Playing Scoresheet lets you set lineups, platoon, bunt, and run your bullpen just like MLB managers do — even better […]

Peter Gammons: An optimistic state of the Rays

ST. PETERSBURG—Saturday was why you’re in Florida at the end of February. Sunny, dry, temperatures in the mid-seventies, and yet for blocks nearing Tropicana Field the traffic was backed up at noon waiting to get into the parking lots for the Rays’ FanFest. By 2:30, they had clearly set a record attendance of nearly 17000—more […]

Peter Gammons: What to make of Boston’s third base situation

Ft. MYERS, FL- All it took was just one look. It was this way in George Scott’s days, when Boomer decided he would stick to salads, and there he was in the middle of the clubhouse after a game devouring a salad—with add-ons—that appeared to be an entire July harvest from the state of Iowa. […]

Peter Gammons: The reality of positioning for the MLB Draft

JUPITER, FLA.—The 2008 Angels set their franchise record—and, remember, this was a franchise that began playing in the Eisenhower Administration—with 100 wins. The following June, because of free agents lost. They didn’t pick until the 24th selection in the first round, but had five selections in the first two rounds. That first pick, at 24, […]

Peter Gammons: Bullpen proves vital as pendulum of dominance continues toward pitching

The concern is that every night around 9 p.m. local time that games come to a halt. Ups, downs, trips to the mound, stalls, left-on-left for one batter, right-on-right for the next, and if they increase rosters to 28, some managers would simply carry 15 pitchers and Major League Baseball would become winter ball. Not […]

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 […]

Newberg: The singular travels of Gil Kim.

The Following is a contribution from Jamey Newberg of The Newberg Report: Various reports indicate that the Blue Jays have been in contact with Yovani Gallardo this week, as they look for a reliable veteran to fit with J.A. Happ at the bottom of their rotation. Short-term memory is a factor, as the 29-year-old pitched […]

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, […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/3/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/3/16 In 2014, Ben Revere hit .306 with seven triples and two homers. In 2015, Revere hit .306 with seven triples and two homers.* The highest foul ball percentages last season were recorded by the Indians and the Red Sox at 39.3%. Eddie Rosario led the […]

Peter Gammons: For Yankees, Aroldis Chapman was a gamble worth taking

Of course Aroldis Chapman is a gamble, a huge gamble. Guns, domestic violence charges, whispers going all the way back to the Arizona Fall League. He also is the hardest throwing, most prolific strikeout reliever that ever strolled out of a major league bullpen, and now the Yankees can put him with Andrew Miller and […]