MLB August Statistical Leaders

With August now behind us, let’s look at the month’s leaders in an array of categories. Offense Batting Average: On Base Percentage: Slugging Percentage: On Base Plus Slugging: Home Runs: Runs Batted In: Stolen Bases: Pitching  Earned Run Average: Walks Plus Hits Per Inning Pitched: Strikeouts Per 9 Innings: Strikeouts Per Walk: Saves:

Relievers with the most scoreless appearances

You don’t ask much from a reliever, all you want is to enter the game, and not allow any of the batters you face to score. It doesn’t matter whether you face one batter or pitch three innings – just don’t let batters score during your stay on the mound. Some relievers are better at […]

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 […]

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 Padres fired manager Bud Black. Dave Roberts managed the team yesterday and they expect to name an interim manager within the next day or 2. 2) The Padres placed CF Wil Myers on the 15 […]

Speed kills

Overall the LCS pitching has been pretty, pretty good. Overall LCS Pitching PA ERA WHIP AVG OBP SLUG OPS K BB K/BB P 1. San Francisco Giants 106 3.00 0.963 .216 .269 .402 .671 19 5 3.80 388 2. St. Louis Cardinals 117 3.33 1.259 .233 .304 .282 .586 15 10 1.50 453 3. Kansas […]

Clean Save and Ultra Clean Save leaders

I don’t ask for perfection from pitchers, but I certainly don’t reject the notion. Particularly, from relievers, and specifically from closers. Is it too much to ask for one 1-2-3 inning? The answer is apparently a resounding “yes!” We don’t get an awful lot of what I refer to as “Clean Saves” because invariably these […]

Are these closers already overworked?

The hard work is just beginning for teams in postseason contention. Injuries are piling up and getting harder to bounce back from. Travel fatigue and the aches and pain of daily play will creep into a player’s daily life. And, not to be ignored, the pressure of trying to win every single game is ratcheted […]

Coffee and Clippings: Rosenthal on relief: ‘I love what I’m doing’

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch quotes Trevor Rosenthal on pitching relief: “I love what I’m doing”… Trevor Rosenthal, the Cardinals’ closer only since the final 10 days of last season, has started this year nine for nine in save opportunities and, over his first three months on the job, counting postseason play, he is […]

Peter Gammons: Developing Pitchers in the Bullpen

The concept is hardly novel. Earl Weaver and the Orioles brought Mike Flanagan, Scott McGregor and Dennis Martinez to Baltimore in the late Seventies and indoctrinated them to the American League East out of the bullpen. Halfway through his first full season, Flanagan went into the rotation, started 10 games, and the next three years […]

Coffee and Clippings: Rosenthal is warming to closer role with Cardinals

Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Trevor Rosenthal is warming to the closer role with the Cardinals… Want-to-be Cardinals starter Trevor Rosenthal didn’t miss many chances at last month’s Winter Warm-Up and baseball writers’ dinner to tweak manager Mike Matheny of his desire to one day take his leave of the bullpen, […]