Giancarlo Stanton and his Tendency to Strikeout

Power hitters like Giancarlo Stanton are striking out more frequently than one desires. Although Stanton has a league-leading 22 home runs under his belt, he strikes out 32.1% of the time, which is the fifth most often in baseball. As a result of his K’s, Stanton has a .249 batting average and .332 OBP. Nobody […]

Mike Olt’s Got One More Shot — Can He Connect?

The Cubs recently optioned slugging prodigy Kris Bryant to the minors, leading agent Scott Boras to call service-time shenanigans on Chicago’s front office and setting off another call for MLB to reform a system that provides teams with every financial incentive to break camp with less than their best 25-man roster in order to maximize […]

A look back at strikeout totals

As you consider talking or writing about these strikeout numbers, here are some quotes from some others on strikeouts to inspire you: I’ve never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I’ve heard plenty of boos after a strikeout. – Babe Ruth I eventually became proud of my strikeouts, because each one represented another learning […]

Javier Baez’s Other Strike Zone Problem

Javier Baez‘s major league career is barely a month old, but his hacking has already taken on legendary status. The 21-year-old is chasing nearly 40% of pitches thrown outside of the strike zone, a level of impatience surpassed only by Reed Johnson, Pablo Sandoval, Hector Sanchez, Juan Uribe, Chris Johnson and Marlon Byrd among NL […]

Aroldis Chapman extending strikeout-streak record

Aroldis Chapman will start the second half of the season in the midst of a record breaking strikeout-streak. Last week he completed his 40th straight appearance with a strikeout after buzzing down Jordy Mercer. A couple nights later he completed his 41st as he struck out the side for the second straight game. The previous […]

Jose Quintana’s Curveball-Driven Success

Though he was not present at Tuesday night’s 85th All-Star game at Target Field, Chicago White Sox starter Jose Quintana has sure performed like an all-pro of late. Over his last five starts spanning 35.2 innings, the 6-foot-2 Colombian southpaw has pitched to a 1.51 earned run average and 0.84 WHIP (third and fifth-best, respectively, in the […]

Price Playing Keep-Away with Fastball, Reaches 1,000 Career Ks

David Price‘s start against the Astros on Friday night ended like so many others during the Rays’ tortured 2014 campaign: Price dominated (12 Ks, six hits allowed in eight innings), Tampa’s AL-worst offense stalled, and the lefty was tagged with an undeserved loss. Price could very well toe the rubber for a different club this […]

Jackie Bradley Jr.’s Whiff Problem

The Boston Red Sox let Jacoby Ellsbury walk this past winter in part because Jackie Bradley Jr. seemed primed to take his place in center field. Bradley struggled in limited big league playing time in 2013 (.189 AVG/.280 OBP/.337 SLG), but the 2011 supplemental first-round pick out of South Carolina got on base at better […]

Note to Pitchers: Take it Slow vs. George Springer

Don’t look now, but the Houston Astros are playing competitive baseball. The ‘Stros, both praised and scorned for slashing big league payroll while pouring money into player development and analytics, have won six straight games entering play Friday and are over .500 for the month of May (14-13). No hitter has played a more prominent […]

Corey Kluber Commands Breakers, Gets Whiffs

Corey Kluber produced another gem of an outing Saturday afternoon for the Cleveland Indians, logging seven innings of earned-run-less baseball on five hits allowed, two walks and nine strikeouts against the Baltimore Orioles. The admirable performance lowered Kluber’s season earned run average to 3.10 and FIP to a league-best 2.23, but more notably raised his season […]