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  1. The Giants’ Peavy-Hudson Muscle Car and the Mid-rotation Ed...

    Michael Baumann

    There's no perfect way to build a playoff rotation. Great rotations have been losing World Series since 1906, when the Cubs had five starting pitchers with an ERA+ of 140 or better, including Three Finger Brown, who went 26-6 with a 1.04 ER...

    Blog | October 22, 2014
  2. World Series Game 1: A Win for the Giants, a Loss for Momentum, a...

    Ben Lindbergh

    In New York, where I'm from, major sporting events don't have enough sway to reshape the city's surface. There are too many sports teams, too many titles, too many nonfans going about their business as they normally woul...

    Blog | October 22, 2014
  3. Jonah Keri Podcast: MLB Playoff Preview Special

    Jonah Keri

    Jonah Keri talks to Dodgers pitcher Dan Haren, Nationals beat writer Adam Kilgore, Tigers beat writer Chris Iott, Cardinals beat writer Jenifer Langosch, Giants broadcaster Dave Flemming, Pirates radio host David Todd, Grantland writer/Royals die-har...

    Blog | September 30, 2014
  4. Welcome, John Rocker: A Brief History of Professional Athletes on...

    Caitlin Mangum

    Last night's Survivor premiere featured controversial former MLB pitcher John Rocker's return to the media spotlight. Even if you weren't a fan of the '90s Atlanta Braves, you've probably been offended by Rocke...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  5. MLB Playoff Myths: Beware the Misleading Narratives!

    Ben Lindbergh

    Even after learning how to read pitchers' minds and quantify the crack of the bat, sabermetricians are still struggling to solve the postseason. It's not for lack of effort: Many analysts have tried to write the query or run the r...

    Blog | September 25, 2014
  6. The Relief Ace: Where Dellin Betances’s Season Ranks Histor...

    Ben Lindbergh

    Yankees reliever Dellin Betances should be one of the least likely players to get out of his chair when a reporter requests a one-on-one conversation in the clubhouse. For starters, the energy Betances must burn to hoist his huge frame from a sitting...

    Blog | September 19, 2014
  7. PitchCraft: Clayton Kershaw, the World’s Best Pitcher

    Shane Ryan

    Oh man oh man oh man oh man. This is the biggest moment in PitchCraft history, and I'm afraid I'm not worthy. Clayton Kershaw is the greatest pitcher of our generation, a force so dominant that even a historically great ace like Felix Herna...

    Blog | September 12, 2014
  8. No Steals for You: How Kansas City’s Yordano Ventura Became...

    Ben Lindbergh

    "I consider it a fifth pitch," Kansas City Royals starter James Shields says of controlling the running game. His old team, the Tampa Bay Rays, considered it "one of the biggest things we did all season long."...

    Blog | September 10, 2014
  9. The Phillies' Combined No-Hitter, and Finding Fun During the...

    Michael Baumann

    The baseball question I'm asked more than any other nowadays is, "When will the Phillies be fun again?" Sometimes, there's a follow-up: "I haven't watched a full nine innings all year; does...

    Blog | September 02, 2014
  10. PitchCraft: Max Scherzer, Professor Whiffs-n-Wins

    Shane Ryan

    (Our usual GIF-related thanks go out to Nick Pollack at Pitcher GIFs, a great follow for all your pitching needs.) Dear World: Is it cool that we haven't done a PitchCraft on the guy who is tied for the AL lead in wins and is tied for second in...

    Blog | August 22, 2014
  11. What Garrett Richards's Injury Means for the Angels' Wo...

    Jonah Keri

    Angels ace Garrett Richards suffered a brutal knee injury while covering first base Wednesday night, likely knocking him out for the rest of the regular season and postseason, and certainly thrusting the team's rotation into chaos a...

    Blog | August 21, 2014
  12. The 30: The Young and the Rising

    Jonah Keri

    No division has produced more intrigue this year than the AL West. The Angels and A's boast the top two records in baseball, and along with the division-rival Mariners own three of the top four run differentials in the majors. All three AL West ...

    Blog | August 18, 2014
  13. Most Valuable, Period? Felix, Kershaw, and the Pitcher-as-MVP Deb...

    Jonah Keri

    There's no denying the incredible seasons Clayton Kershaw and Felix Hernandez are having. Kershaw's 2014 achievements have been remarkable: He threw a 15-strikeout, no-walk no-hitter that ranks among the best pitching performan...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  14. The Managerial Meddling Index

    Ben Lindbergh

    In the Opening Day entry of The Long Season, the late Jim Brosnan's diary of his 1959 campaign, the then Cardinals pitcher expressed surprise that St. Louis manager Solly Hemus seemed as anxious as his players prior to first pitch. &ldq...

    Blog | August 14, 2014
  15. Who’s That Girl? Little League Sensation Mo’Ne Davis!...

    Michael Baumann

    Who Is She? Mo'Ne Davis, right-handed pitcher for the Taney Dragons, the Little League Mid-Atlantic champions. Where Is She From? Philadelphia. What Makes Her So Special? Well, she's really good at baseball. On Friday, she g...

    Blog | August 11, 2014
  16. The 30: The Sudden Cys

    Jonah Keri

    This week is all about surprises. A back-of-the-rotation Brewers starter is unexpectedly tied atop the wins leaderboard; a Braves team seemingly destined for a third consecutive run to the playoffs has hit a huge roadblock; an Indians pit...

    Blog | August 11, 2014