Matt Harvey Ditches the Fastball, Somehow Gets Filthier

Remember when innings limits were in vogue and Matt Harvey‘s season appeared over? Yeah, me neither. Just a few weeks after we’d thought his campaign would wrap in Strasburg-esque fashion, New York’s Dark Knight on Saturday scripted the latest episode to his gripping 2015 saga with a gem of an outing against the Kyle Schwarber-led Cubs in game one […]

The How and Why of Madison Bumgarner’s Brilliant August Campaign

The Madison Bumgarner we saw last October transcended the definition of dominance on baseball’s brightest platform, and by default, many of us (this writer included) pondered whether we’d ever again see a stretch of games like it by the young, esteemed southpaw. Then this month happened. After running roughshod over Kyle Schwarber and company Thursday night to the tune of 12 […]

Which Ross Brother Has the Nastier Slider?

On opposite sides of the country, the Ross boys are dealing. Tyson Ross has emerged as an ace in San Diego, serving up the fewest home runs per nine innings pitched (0.26) among qualified starting pitchers while also ranking in the top 15 in strikeout rate (9.6 K/9) and Wins Above Replacement (3.2). Washington’s Joe […]

Chris Archer Baffles Hitters with Refined Slider Command

While the Tampa Bay Rays attempt to tread water in the AL East sans Matt Moore, Alex Cobb, Drew Smyly and Alex Colome in what looked to be a formidable starting rotation a few months back, Chris Archer has embraced his role as staff ace early in 2015 and continues to build a strong Cy Young portfolio. On Tuesday, the 26-year-old tabbed his third consecutive start […]

Lessons Learned from Trevor Bauer’s First Start

One week removed from opening day, we’re at a point in the season during which statistics ought to be taken with an enormous grain of salt. Adrian Gonzalez led qualified hitters with five dingers and a 2.077 slugging percentage entering last weekend. That’s a fine accomplishment, but he’s not going to maintain that pace. Kyle Lohse and the 21.60 ERA he […]

Clayton Kershaw: Historically Platoon-Proof

To put into perspective everything that Clayton Kershaw means to the game of baseball, both from a historical and current standpoint, is an impossibly difficult task to undertake. The 26-year-old southpaw trotted onto the fresh-cut grass at Camelback Ranch-Glendale last Thursday as the reigning National League Most Valuable Player, a three-time Cy Young Award winner and owner of four […]

Bud Norris’ Altered Approach Delivers Results

While Dan Duquette’s transaction log has remained bereft of any marquee acquisition this winter, which I suppose is somewhat understandable given the nature of his current situation, the Baltimore Orioles nevertheless took a step in the right direction on Monday by avoiding arbitration with right-handed starter Bud Norris. Both sides came to an agreement on a $8.8 million salary for […]

Big Unit: An All-Time Late Bloomer

2015 Hall of Fame inductee Randy Johnson has nearly unparalleled Cooperstown credentials. The Big Unit earned five Cy Young Awards during his career, second-most all time behind Roger Clemens (seven). He boasts the all-time highest K rate (10.6 per nine innings) among pitchers throwing 1,000+ innings, and his career Wins Above Replacement total (104.3) trails […]

Drew Hutchison: Baseball’s Next Great Swing-and-Miss Artist?

In his post-season press conference earlier this month, Toronto Blue Jays general manager Alex Anthropolous pointed out to reporters the blatantly obvious when he said his club didn’t achieve its goals this season. Toronto finished third in the American League East in 2014 and in the process extended its postseason drought to 21 consecutive seasons — […]

Trusting His Slider, Collin McHugh Takes Next Step in Development

The Houston Astros did not have a good season. They’re currently 69-90, will finish as the American League West’s second-worst club — or fourth-best, depending on your mood — by winning percentage and have now strung together nine consecutive seasons sans playoff baseball. They fired manager Bo Porter, too, and couldn’t manage to ink Bradey […]