Giants Assemble Pricey, Talented, Volatile Rotation

Just a year removed from another World Series title, the San Francisco Giants fell short of the playoffs in 2015. The main culprit? A starting rotation that was best in class just a few seasons ago. While the Giants’ homegrown infield mashed (San Francisco’s offense was sixth in the majors with a 102 OPS+), the rotation […]

Peter Gammons: 2015 Winter Meetings, big dollars, and differing management ideologies

NASHVILLE—I saw games in the late seventies at the Oakland Coliseum that had fewer people in the building than the Opryland Hotel, which last night housed more than 4000 guests, most, seemingly, in the lobby somewhere the size of Montana, which allowed a 45 minute trip to ones room, somewhere east of Lewistown. Normally, it […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: December 6, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files – 12/6/15 Dallas Keuchel and Jeff Samardzija led the majors each with 257 AB for batters the third time through the lineup in a start. Batters hit .268 against Samardzija but only .210 against Keuchel. In the 2013-14 seasons, Jordan Zimmermann faced a total of 16 batters […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: Free Agent edition – 11/15/15

Nine to Know: Free Agents – From the Bill Chuck Files – November 15, 2015 Jose Altuve and Yoenis Cespedes each walked just 33 times in 2015; Altuve struck out 67 times, Cespedes 141 times. John Lackey has one of the best cutters in baseball; in 2015, his 37.4% K rate was second only to […]

Coffee and Clippings: What’s Up With Jeff Samardzija?

Tony Blengino (@tonyblengino) of FanGraphs discusses Jeff Samardzija and his free agent status… Samardzija’s backstory, obviously, is quite unique. Baseball was essentially his second sport early in his college career at Notre Dame; he was a highly renowned wide receiver, thought to be a likely future high round NFL draftee. As his two-sport career progressed, however, […]

MLBPA List of Free Agents Available to Sign

Earlier this week the MLBPA released the official list of free agents going into the 2016 season. It is comprised of 139 names that will be allowed to sign with any team starting Saturday November 7th.  Atlanta Braves Ross Detwiler Edwin Jackson Peter Moylan A.J. Pierzynski Arizona Diamondbacks David Hernandez Jarrod Saltalamacchia Baltimore Orioles Wei-Yin […]

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 3, METS 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Dodgers 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 […]

Peter Gammons: High-stakes evaluations as Trade Deadline approaches

We get so absorbed in this whole buyers and sellers thing that we forget what Bob Castellini and Mark Attanasio have put into the Reds and Brewers. Or that the only significant player acquired at the deadline by the 2013 Red Sox and 2014 Giants champions was Jake Peavy, who made seven post-season starts for the two […]

Around the majors report: Stats report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) Yesterday, Dodgers P Zack Greinke became the 6th pitcher, since 1920, with 5+ consecutive starts with 0 R (Don Drysdale, 1968, 6; Orel Hershiser, 1988, 6; Bob Gibson, 1968, 5; Brandon Webb, 2007, 5; Ryan Dempster, […]

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 6, PHILLIES 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Phillies 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 […]