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  1. The Myth of the First-Pitch Strike

    Joe Lemire

    People often say that strike one is the best pitch in a pitcher's arsenal. Increasingly, box scores tally first-pitch strikes, and broadcasters tout their efficacy. The concept has seeped so far into our collective consciousness that it even has...

    Blog | June 02, 2014
  2. The Six Skill Competitions That Could Fix MLB All-Star Week

    Michael Baumann

    Baseball might be the only one of the four major sports in which the All-Star Game is more entertaining than its baggage. The Pro Bowl is awful, a chore so eye-roll worthy that players routinely look for reasons to beg out of a free postseason trip t...

    Blog | July 15, 2013
  3. About Last Night: Justin Time

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy figuring out how to eat a hat after watching Raul Ibanez hit his 22nd home run of the season, here's what you missed in sports on Monday: The Atlanta Braves, powered by Justin Upton, put together a six-run 14th inning as th...

    Blog | July 09, 2013
  4. Pitchers' Duel Diary: Jeff Locke vs. Bronson Arroyo

    Shane Ryan

    Welcome to this new series for pitching junkies, in which we anticipate one excellent matchup per week and diarize it to learn something about the practitioners of the Mound Arts. In the process, we also discover meaningful things about ourselves and...

    Blog | June 20, 2013
  5. About Last Night: Memphis Goes Into Hibernation

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were out grillaxing (grilling while attempting to fend off an ax-wielding dwarf) here's what you missed in sports on Monday: Tony Parker had 37 points as the San Antonio Spurs completed a four-game sweep of the Memphis Grizzlies with...

    Blog | May 28, 2013
  6. The New Springfield Nine

    Jonah Keri

    The baseball analytics revolution has helped us answer many questions that might have seemed unknowable before. We can now measure not only a pitcher's velocity but also the exact horizontal and vertical break on his pitches, the precise coordinates ...

    Blog | March 06, 2013
  7. The Reds' Embarrassment of Riches Problem

    Jonah Keri

    Todd Frazier has reached base in 22 straight games. He's hitting .294/.354/.554, making him a top-25 hitter in his rookie season. In the past 30 days, only Buster Posey, Albert Pujols, Prince Fielder, and teammate Ryan Ludwick have put up bigger numb...

    Blog | August 30, 2012
  8. About Last Night: Brazilians Waxed by Team USA

    Shane Ryan

    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Monday. The Brazilian basketball team couldn't capitalize on a strong first quarter, and fell to the United States 80-69 in Washington, D.C. Alex Garcia led the ea...

    Blog | July 17, 2012
  9. Sweeping away the Nats keeps the Yankees on top, and the rest of ...

    Jonah Keri

    Joey Votto's ludicrous bat has Cincinnati climbing the charts, while interleague play wreaks havoc on our rankings.

    Story | Conversation | June 18, 2012
  10. In Defense of Indefensible Contracts

    Ben Heller

    The Reds recently gave Joey Votto 225 million reasons to stay in Ohio. Of course, the general consensus of this deal, and the Brandon Phillips one that followed, was that the Reds would one day regret it. Votto might have MVP credentials, but he p...

    Blog | April 20, 2012
  11. Fantasy Fiesta: Sorting Out Your Closers

    Jonah Keri

    CC Sabathia serves up a grand slam in the first inning of his first start. Joey Votto's hitting a buck-fifty-four through four games. For fantasy players, these are minor annoyances. Sabathia's probably going to be a top starter again this year, and ...

    Blog | April 10, 2012
  12. Opportunity Knocks and Opportunity Costs for Cain and Votto

    Jonah Keri

    When the news broke that the Giants had signed Matt Cain to a five-year, $112.5 million contract extension a year before he could hit the free-agent market, the first thought that popped into my head was opportunity cost. An economic term, opport...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  13. About Last Night: Cats Are Bracket Conquerors

    Shane Ryan

    In case you were out living a life of leisure, here's what you missed in sports on Monday. The Kentucky Wildcats are national champions. Doron Lamb scored 22 points, including crucial back-to-back threes late in the game, as Kentucky held off Ka...

    Blog | April 03, 2012
  14. 2012 MLB Season Preview: Cincinnati Reds

    Jonah Keri

    Albert Pujols and Prince Fielder have fled the division. Meanwhile, the Cincinnati Reds kept their marquee first baseman, added a potential ace, and bolstered a bullpen that needed the help. With Joey Votto and Mat Latos leading a talented group of t...

    Blog | February 16, 2012