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  1. Ned Yost, still hurting the Royals

    David Schoenfield

    From Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star, a Ned Yost quote after Sunday's game that must make Royals fans want to throw up:He was close, so achingly close, to turning this game over to his vaunted three-pack of relief pitchers. Yet in the sixth i...

    Blog | September 15, 2014
  2. Big win for Mariners, King Felix

    David Schoenfield

    Mariners fans had reason to be worried before Wednesday's game against the A's. Felix Hernandez, the best pitcher in the majors this year not named Clayton Kershaw, had scuffled through three mediocre starts, including a four-homer outing in his prev...

    Blog | September 03, 2014
  3. Angels' sweep means AL West race is over

    David Schoenfield

    When Garrett Richards, the best pitcher on the Los Angeles Angels in 2014 and one of the best pitchers in the league, went down with a knee injury on Aug. 20, the consensus seemed to be: The AL West race is over; the Angels didn't have the rotation d...

    Blog | August 31, 2014
  4. Unsung pitcher: Jose Quintana

    David Schoenfield

    In the days leading up to the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline, there were suggestions out there that the White Sox should trade Jose Quintana, or that teams should be going after Quintana. Those aren't quite the same thing, but you can see why the ...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  5. SweetSpot TV: Felix, Kershaw for MVP

    David Schoenfield

    Eric and I discuss Felix Hernandez and Clayton Kershaw as MVP candidates. Justin Verlander won in 2011 but that's a rarity for a pitcher. Could both guys win MVP honors this year? (For an excellent breakdown of the history of pitchers as MVP cand...

    Blog | August 15, 2014
  6. The top 10 starters in baseball

    David Schoenfield

    Last week, after Corey Kluber dominated the Mariners with an 85-pitch shutout, I rashly tweeted that Kluber is one of the best 10 starting pitchers in the game. That seemed to stir things up a bit on Twitter, and Giants fans were especially angered w...

    Blog | August 05, 2014
  7. Why Stephen Strasburg isn't yet an ace

    David Schoenfield

    @dschoenfield write a column on strasburgs bizarrely enigmatic season re peripheral dominance vs poor results!- Ben Zweifach (@BenZwei) July 26, 2014 On Tuesday, Stephen Strasburg was locked in a pitchers' duel with Henderson Alvarez of the Marlin...

    Blog | August 03, 2014
  8. Vote: The worst play ever?

    David Schoenfield

    On Saturday, Rockies pitcher Christian Friedrich, making his first major league appearance of the season, threw a wild pitch against the Brewers with the bases loaded. Three runs scored. Calling it a Little League play is an insult to Little Le...

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  9. Fantasy podcast: Injuries, Polanco, Padres

    David Schoenfield

    I filled again on the Fantasy Focus podcast, joining Eric Karabell as we talked about injuries to Blue Jays hitters and Cardinals pitchers, Gregory Polanco, which pitchers to ride on Monday's schedule and why Brad Miller may be a good fantasy pickup....

    Blog | June 23, 2014
  10. Fantasy podcast: Kershaw, Arrieta, Orioles

    David Schoenfield

    Once again, I joined the great Tristan Cockcroft on the ESPN Fantasy Baseball podcast. Thursday's show featured some interesting questions: Will Clayton Kershaw be the No. 1 pitcher on the player rater by season's end? Are we believing in Jake Arriet...

    Blog | June 19, 2014
  11. The amazing 1930 Philadelphia Phillies

    David Schoenfield

    This was from two days ago but caught my attention because of the pitcher mentioned: Last night, Travis Wood became the 1st Cubs pitcher with an extra-inning extra-base pinch hit since Les Sweetland in July 1931 vs Brooklyn.- ESPN Stats & Info (@E...

    Blog | June 18, 2014
  12. Great pitchers sometimes have bad games

    David Schoenfield

    Tuesday's battle for first place in the AL Central was supposed to be a pitcher's duel between reigning Cy Young winner Max Scherzer and rookie fireballer Yordano Ventura. Instead, Scherzer allowed 10 hits and 10 runs in four innings. His ERA climbed...

    Blog | June 18, 2014
  13. Tony Gwynn: What they're saying

    David Schoenfield

    Some thoughts from writers on Tony Gwynn ... Buster Olney, ESPN: He had a bat that he used only against pitchers who relied on soft stuff -- a special bat because it had so few grains. "Nine Grains of Pain," he called it, and he told me that if h...

    Blog | June 16, 2014
  14. One more note on that Mets-Reds game

    David Schoenfield

    The other day, while writing about Astros manager Bo Porter using a pitcher, Tony Sipp, in right field for a batter and then bringing him back to pitch, I mentioned that 1986 game in which Mets manager Davey Johnson alternated pitchers Jesse Orosco a...

    Blog | June 11, 2014
  15. Chris Sale may be the best starter in MLB

    David Schoenfield

    Who is the best starting pitcher in baseball right now? I think you can make a strong case for Chris Sale, who maybe isn't the first guy who pops into your head, in part because he did miss a few starts with a tender elbow -- technically a strained f...

    Blog | June 07, 2014
  16. The mixed history of high school pitchers

    David Schoenfield

    Baseball's First-Year Player Draft begins Thursday and the first round is going to be heavy in pitching -- including heavy in high school pitching. Left-hander Brady Aiken is expected to become just the third high school pitcher selected first overal...

    Blog | June 04, 2014