Coffee and Clippings: Daniel Nava is trying to pull off another surprise

Pedro Moura (@pedromoura) of the LA Times spotlights Angel hopeful Daniel Nava at another point in his improbable career… There he hit .395 and walked more than he struck out. But MLB teams selected 1,502 players in that June draft, and none of them was him. He tried out for the independent league Chico Outlaws, and […]

Matt Carpenter, First-Pitch Swings, and the Evolution of Leadoff Hitters

As the pitter-patter of cleats and intensifying chorus of ball-hitting-glove action begins filling the air at spring training complexes in Florida and Arizona this week, truthfully, there’s no better time to look ahead at what the 2016 season might have in store for us than right now. Of course, when one looks ahead at something, it’s natural to ask […]

Dissecting Michael Wacha’s September Struggles

Mike Matheny’s starting rotation defied the lofty odds inherent with losing Adam Wainwright to the disabled list earlier this season, effectively utilizing the “next man up” mentality to collect baseball’s lowest rotational ERA since the beginning of May (2.99) — en route to MLB’s best record — sans the presence of a perennial Cy Young talent. Yet, as anyone […]

Two more one-run postseason games

I genuinely feel sorry for people who are not baseball fans this postseason. I’m sorry, I know that sounds over-the-top to many of you, but as more a baseball fan than a fan of any one team, I’m just absolutely beside myself with the excitement of the games. Even my wife, who is a die-hard […]

Allen Craig Must Reclaim Inner Part of the Plate

The Red Sox unloaded plenty of veterans at the trade deadline — Jon Lester, John Lackey, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes, Andrew Miller and Felix Doubront among them — but they didn’t load up on top prospects like most clubs headed for a last-place finish. Rather, the Sox retooled by adding in-their-prime players who can potentially […]

2013’s Top 10 Best & Worst Fastball Hitters

It was said succinctly by one of the greatest hitters of all-time: You have to hit the fastball to play in the big leagues. I think we are all smart enough to not doubt those words of Ted Williams. Against the fastball this season, Allen Craig led the majors and Miguel Cabrera led the AL […]

Furcal could be the Cardinals answer at shortstop

Corey Noles is a Cardinals Writer and Columnist for The Daily Statesman. You can contact him at or follow him on Twitter @coreynoles. While nothing has been said about Rafael Furcal returning to the St. Louis Cardinals, if the right deal doesn’t come along it could be the smartest option. The free agent market for this […]

Pitches per Plate Appearance

It may surprise you to learn that no batter has seen more pitches than the Cardinals’ David Freese in the first five games of this World Series. Granted, Freese has not had the kind of Series that he had in 2011 when he was the Series MVP, but at least he has worked the count […]

Boston playing Moneyball against Wacha

The art of working the count is one of the hallmarks of “Moneyball -The Art of Winning an Unfair Game” the book by Michael Lewis that tracked the then-groundbreaking statistical analysis of the A’s general manager, Billy Beane. In an interview with NPR back in 2003, Lewis talked about Scott Hatteberg, one of the focal […]

It wasn’t mechanical problems that delayed the Cardinals plane to Boston

The Cardinals’ plane heading to Boston and Game 6 of the World Series, finally left St. Louis at 9:09 p.m. ET last night, 7 hours and 9 minutes after the original estimated time of departure. It landed in Boston about 11 p.m. It was reported that there were mechanical issues with the plane. But the website […]