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  1. Houston, You Have a Problem

    Michael Baumann

    A little less than two months ago, the Houston Astros used the no. 1 overall pick in the MLB draft to select Brady Aiken, a left-handed pitcher out of Cathedral Catholic High School in California. Within 48 hours, they had agreed to pay the 17-year-o...

    Blog | July 21, 2014
  2. PitchCraft: The Midseason GIF Awards

    Shane Ryan

    It's All-Star week, so rather than focus on a single pitcher, it's time for the first annual PitchCraft Awards. Here we'll be honoring the good, the bad, and the ugly from baseball's first half. Starting, because we're real r...

    Blog | July 18, 2014
  3. The Curious Case of Mark Buehrle

    Rany Jazayerli

    In a 1991 Sports Illustrated article, there's a now-famous quote from MLBPA executive director Donald Fehr: "You go through The Sporting News for the last 100 years, and you will find two things are always true. You never have enou...

    Blog | July 17, 2014
  4. Twenty-Two Jaw-Dropping Factoids About Clayton Kershaw’s Ot...

    Jonah Keri

    "I don't really care about an innings streak or whatever. We're not supposed to give up runs. That's our job." - Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw after Thursday's game Last night's matchu...

    Blog | July 11, 2014
  5. Laughing With Yu Darvish

    Eric Benson

    Yu Darvish was all alone. Sitting in front of his locker in the Texas Rangers' spring training clubhouse, the pitcher arranged his belongings hastily, kept his eyes trained on the floor, and, with his unruly bedhead and a slight frown, wafted a ...

    Blog | July 09, 2014
  6. The Pitching Championship Belt, Part 2

    Bill Barnwell

    Click here for Part 1 and the methodology. We kick off the '90s with Clemens's best season as a Red Sox pitcher. After posting a 3.13 ERA and failing to make the All-Star team in 1989, Clemens bounced back in a big way, going 21-6 with a...

    Blog | July 03, 2014
  7. The Pitching Championship Belt, Part 1

    Bill Barnwell

    So, last month, I'm reading The 30 by Jonah Keri, just as I do every Monday afternoon during baseball season. As he got toward the end of this installment, Keri started wondering aloud whether Felix Hernandez was the best pitcher in baseball, gi...

    Blog | July 02, 2014
  8. PitchCraft: Yu Darvish, Eclectic Genius

    Shane Ryan

    When I played Little League, everyone wanted to be a pitcher. You controlled the game, and the batter was at your mercy. It was wonderful to be on that hill, and even having a total breakdown and walking five consecutive batters before you got uncere...

    Blog | June 20, 2014
  9. Astros Outfielder George Springer Strikes Out a Lot, But Does Eve...

    Michael Baumann

    Baseball is evolving into a game in which fielders are becoming increasingly unnecessary. Over the past 30 years, we've learned that pitchers don't have a ton of control over where the ball goes when it's hit, and the mo...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  10. Who's That Guy? Nationals Pitcher Tanner Roark!

    Matt Borcas

    Who's That Guy is an ongoing Grantland series and an orientation tool to use in the vast sports landscape. And hey, baseball is part of that landscape! Who Is He? Nationals righty Tanner Roark. Wher...

    Blog | June 17, 2014
  11. Who’s That Guy: No. 1 MLB Draft Pick Brady Aiken!

    Michael Baumann

    Who's That Guy is an ongoing Grantland series and an orientation tool to use in the vast sports landscape. And hey, baseball is part of that landscape! Who Is He? Left-handed pitcher Brady Aiken. Where Is He From? Cardiff-by-the-Sea, C...

    Blog | June 06, 2014
  12. PitchCraft: Felix Hernandez, King of the North(west)

    Shane Ryan

    There's a persistent pitching riddle that goes like this: Is it best to be a strikeout pitcher, ensuring a certain number of "free outs" per game but sacrificing a certain number of innings over a season because of elevated pitch count...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  13. Five Things You Need to Know About Tonight’s MLB Draft

    Michael Baumann

    Every year, the 30 Major League Baseball franchises send representatives to a TV studio in New Jersey and call the names of some 1,200 amateur baseball players. While the MLB draft lacks the pomp and circumstance and, uh, sartorial creativity that it...

    Blog | June 05, 2014
  14. 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
  15. About Last Weekend: L.A.-N.Y.'s Collision Course

    Spike Friedman

    In case you were busy solemnly resetting the "Days Since Last Pitcher Blew Out His Elbow" counter back to zero, here are the top seven stories you missed in sports last weekend: Both NHL conference finals now sit at 3-1 after t...

    Blog | May 27, 2014
  16. The Duncan Way: How Cardinals Pitchers Continue to Dominate by Ex...

    Jonah Keri

    Dan Brooks, an experimental psychologist and the proprietor of the excellent baseball analysis site Brooks Baseball, contributed charts, data, and research for this article. Follow Dan on Twitter @brooksbaseball and visit Brooks Baseball for more adv...

    Blog | May 21, 2014