Coffee and Clippings: Braves Even Series

David O’Brien (@ajcbraves) of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution discusses the Braves’ comeback win against the Dodgers to even the series… When Jason Heyward lined a bases-loaded, two-out single up the middle in the seventh inning to put the Braves ahead 4-1, the Turner Field pressbox shook from clapping, foot-stomping fans who got what they came to […]

Lackey’s Home Run Woes

All signs are pointing to John Lackey drawing the start for the Red Sox in Game 2 of the Division Series, which would also line him up for a pivotal Game 5 should the series go the distance. With Jon Lester locked into Game 1, plus the news that Jake Peavy and Clay Buchholz will […]

Coffee and Clippings: Wacha’s ‘Near’ No-Hitter

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch breaks down Michael Wacha’s near no-hitter as it was broken up in the 9th inning last night… Nearly 30 years ago to the day, Sept. 26, 1983, Cardinals righthander Bob Forsch no-hit a Montreal Expos club that had been eliminated from the division race earlier in the day. That […]

Coffee and Clippings: Dodgers Celebrate NL West Title

Bill Plaschke (@BillPlaschke) of the LA Times discusses the Dodgers in their celebration after winning the NL West with last nights’ victory over the D-Backs… Their weary souls covered in the pained sweat that comes from digging through the deepest of expectations, the Dodgers celebrated the triumphant climax of their regular-season journey Thursday with a most perfect […]

Lackey, Victorino: Red Sox Revelations

One of the most interesting statistics from is that John Lackey has come off Tommy John Surgery at the age of 34 to be one of the major league leaders in swing-and-miss percentage after 100 pitches. Lackey has had little luck; he’s received no decisions in nine of his team-leading 17 starts, but coming […]

MLB Starters: Late Inning Miss Rates

Here is a look at MLB starting pitchers that still manage to make batters miss despite having delivered 100 pitches in a game. This summary only reflects pitches thrown after pitch 100 in 2013 MLB games. MLB Starters After Pitch 100 (Sorted by Highest Miss Rates) G PA P K% BB% Swng% Miss% Strk% Chas% […]

Lackey: A-Rod Should Not be Playing

Peter Gammons’ response to an article by Peter Abraham (@PeteAbe) in in which John Lackey is quoted saying that A-Rod shouldn’t be playing: Lackey doesn’t believe it’s fair Rodriguez is on the field. ‘I’ve got a problem with it. You bet I do,’ Lackey told the Globe on Thursday. ‘How is he still playing? He […]