Peter Gammons: The lost game of pepper, Astros’ analytical approach, chess, and more

Ted Williams used to play pepper almost every day, for what he said was the feel of manipulating the bat and getting the daily feel of exacting the barrel of the bat to the ball. Yet, for a number of reasons like complaints by ground crews that players dug up the grass with their games, […]

Will Joc Pederson’s Plate Coverage Resurface in September?

If there were a seminal moment from Tuesday evening’s high-stakes chess match between the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants at Chavez Ravine — other than every time Zack Greinke stepped onto the mound during his masterful 7.1 innings, of course — it would have probably been this one: Your browser does not support iframes. With his team clinging […]

Players who have struck out at least three times in a game 10+ times this season

Lotsa games, lotsa whiffs Rk Player # PA AB SO Tm 1 Joc Pederson 14 63 58 42 LAD 2 Kris Bryant 14 65 59 43 CHC 3 Mike Zunino 11 44 42 35 SEA 4 Chris Davis 11 47 46 37 BAL 5 Chris Carter 11 47 43 34 HOU 6 Michael Taylor 10 […]

Randal Grichuk Hacking, Slugging Way into Record Books

Despite suffering their share of devastating injuries — the kind that often incinerate playoff and World Series hopes — the St. Louis Cardinals soldier on. When ace Adam Wainwright (Achilles) went down for the year, Carlos Martinez emerged as a high-end starter. And with Matt Holliday, getting on base at a .409 clip this season, […]

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) YANKEES 8, TWINS 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Yankees 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 […]

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 Pirates placed 3B Josh Harrison on the 15 day DL. Harrison has torn ligaments in his left thumb and is expected to miss about 6 weeks. YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP […]

Peter Gammons: Two players for whom the second half is very important to their future

As this weekend was the midway point of the season, here are two players for whom the second half is very important. David Ortiz For nearly a month, Ortiz has been chastising media members for suggesting that at 39 age has caught up on him. He argued that he was struggling with his mechanics, the […]

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, Angels CF Mike Trout passed Mickey Mantle into 5th place for RCAA through age 23. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia,) Trout became the 10th player in MLB history with 1600 overall bases through age 23. (Complete Baseball […]

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, Pirates CF Andrew McCutchen moved into 10th place on the Pirates career HR list and is tied for 14th vs. the league average. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia,) YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP […]

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, Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia moved into 10th place for career hits for the Red Sox and tied for 7th vs. the league average. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia) YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS […]