Peter Gammons: National League East Outlook

There is no PECOTA or simulation that knows whether David Wright’s legs will be strong again, or whether Wright’s teenage sidekick Ryan Zimmerman can play 140 games, Jose Fernandez can make 30 starts, and Giancarlo Stanton gets 600 plate appearances. Look, we know that in a National League whose teams are separate but far from equal—and […]

Coffee and Clippings: Early rising Mets can’t wait to chase title they just missed

Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the NY Post discusses Mets Camp as more and more players flow in early to chase that missing title… You want to use this plethora of super-early arrivals as fuel for your fire? To get all the more excited as the Mets launch the next phase (pitchers and catchers report on […]

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 […]

Peter Gammons: What wins championships, Mattingly and the Marlins’ infrastructure

KANSAS CITY—There are no absolutes, no right way to get to the World Series. Of course the best way to build a pitching staff is with great arms of the deGrom, Harvey, Syndergaard, Matz, Familia and Wheeler school that overwhelmed both the Dodgers and Cubs. Easier thought than found. And, of course, it makes sense in […]

deGrom Stays Low, Shines in NLCS Game 3

The New York Mets took a 3-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS on Tuesday night, thanks to even more postseason heroics from Daniel Murphy (who hit his sixth homer this October) and some well-timed Bartman/Billy Goat voodoo (Chicago’s Trevor Cahill recorded what should have been an inning-ending strikeout with a runner on […]

Coffee and Clippings: deGrom had nothing working, and meant everything to Mets

Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) of the New York Post on a gutsy Jacob deGrom performance in a clinching game 5 versus the Dodgers… On Thursday night, deGrom did not have his command, lacked his best stuff and there were no safety provisions — no tomorrow if the Mets lost. He became Ali in Zaire, rope-a-doping the […]

Coffee and Clippings: The New Kid

Matt Duffy (@mm_duffy) Rookie for the Giants and contributor to the Players’ Tribune gives us a first hand look into the life of a mid-season call-up for the San Francisco Giants… I was 23 and just up from Double-A. Nobody had ever heard of me. But Hunter Pence had just come up to me and said, […]

Quality Start and Ultra Quality Start Leaders

Quality Starts should acknowledged as being a decent pitching performance (six innings allowing no more than three earned runs), but an Ultra Quality Start should be treasured as an outstanding pitching performance (seven innings allowing no more than two earned runs). Here are the leaders: Pitchers with at least 20 QS Rk Player # W […]

Who did the best and worst in baseball between Letterman and Colbert?

With all due respect to Conan O’Brien, but what a relief it is to have the Late Show back. I DVR Conan, James Corden, and Jimmy Kimmel (I would sooner eat pounds of cotton candy for dinner than to watch “Little Jimmy”) but there is a joyous feeling having the brilliance of Stephen Colbert back […]

Only one team has four pitchers with 155+ IP

With a plethora of solid starters, you may be noticing that the Mets are skipping the turns of some of their great starters. Here’s why: Player IP WHIP Age G GS CG W L W-L% H R ER BB SO ERA HR BA Pit Str Matt Harvey 166.1 1.010 26 25 25 0 12 7 […]