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  1. A shift in MLB's injury equation

    Buster Olney

    BALTIMORE -- In his last start before Masahiro Tanaka landed on the disabled list, his average fastball velocity was 92.1 mph. He pitched 6 2/3 innings and allowed five runs. As the Yankees learned two days later, following an MRI and three doctor co...

    Blog | July 13, 2014
  2. Fister lesson: Good arms can come cheap

    Buster Olney

    Three years ago, the Detroit Tigers surprised folks with an under-the-radar trade at the deadline, when they plucked an unspectacular right-hander with average fastball velocity from the Seattle Mariners. That pitcher, Doug Fister, was attractive to ...

    Blog | June 26, 2014
  3. Positive signs for Jered Weaver

    Buster Olney

    Carl Crawford was the first hitter who Jered Weaver faced in his start Wednesday night, Weaver's first since breaking his left (non-pitching) elbow in the first week of the season. When the count reached two strikes, Weaver fired a fastball high and ...

    Blog | May 30, 2013
  4. 2013 spring training -- Roy Halladay pulled after 1 inning; Phila...

    Buster Olney

    Roy Halladay was removed from the Philadelphia Phillies' spring training game against the Baltimore Orioles Sunday after just one inning, in which his fastball velocity was diminished again.

    Story | Conversation | March 17, 2013
  5. MLB - Rick Porcello of the Detroit Tigers has eyes on a fast star...

    Buster Olney

    A finger injury forced Rick Porcello to start throwing later in 2011, and his velocity suffered. The Tigers right-hander is doing everything he can to avoid the same fate in 2012.

    Blog | Conversation | February 17, 2012
  6. MLB: Examining the Baltimore Orioles' pitching problems

    Buster Olney

    With a pitching coach now out the door, Buster takes a look at the situation in Baltimore, and the precipitous drop in velocity for young pitcher Brian Matusz.

    Blog | Conversation | June 15, 2011
  7. MLB: Javier Vazquez might think the National League will cure his...

    Buster Olney

    For Javier Vazquez, it seems to be about location, location, location. The NL seems to cure what ails him. Problem is, if your fastball is rolling in at 87 mph, as it so often did last year, even perfect pitch location won't do the trick.

    Blog | Conversation | November 29, 2010
  8. 2010 World Series: Madison Bumgarner dominated the Rangers with w...

    Buster Olney

    Madison Bumgarner seemed impervious to the typical effects of the World Series stage, and he was utterly baffling to Rangers hitters. Bumgarner's velocity is back, but so is a significant reliance on the soft stuff at a rate he hadn't shown yet.

    Blog | Conversation | November 01, 2010
  9. Hamels adds perspective to arsenal

    Buster Olney

    On the first day of spring training in February, Cole Hamels seemed armed with something that he had lacked throughout 2009, something that he badly needed. It wasn't a refined curveball or a new cutter, or velocity. He had perspective. This i...

    Blog | October 11, 2010
  10. Cole Hamels added a cutter this offseason, but what he really wan...

    Buster Olney

    Cole Hamels wanted desperately for some time away from baseball, and that time has made him a far better pitcher now that he's back. Plus, a look at what the Twins could do, the potential closer market, and a look at the other series.

    Blog | Conversation | October 11, 2010
  11. Buster Olney - Medicine will likely restore Stephen Strasburg, bu...

    Buster Olney

    In reality, there's a great chance that medicine will restore Stephen Strasburg; it'll restore the incredible velocity, the nasty break, and the promise of a great career. But we certainly won't bask in the wait to see him pitch once more.

    Blog | Conversation | August 27, 2010
  12. Buster Olney - Medicine will likely restore Stephen Strasburg, bu...

    Buster Olney

    In reality, there's a great chance that medicine will restore Stephen Strasburg; it'll restore the incredible velocity, the nasty break, and the promise of a great career. But we certainly won't bask in the wait to see him pitch once more.

    Blog | Conversation | August 27, 2010
  13. Injuries further blur AL West picture

    Buster Olney

    It was alarming to watch the mid-80s velocity readings on Texas Rangers pitcher Derek Holland at the outset of their game against the Minnesota Twins on Sunday night; the Texas staff went out twice to check on him and ask him if he was OK. Eventually...

    Blog | May 31, 2010
  14. Derek Holland, Kendry Morales, Nelson Cruz injuries blur AL West

    Buster Olney

    It seems as though every team has a shot at the division in the mediocre AL West, a sense only heightened by recent injuries to some key players. Buster Olney breaks down what the A's, Angels and Rangers must do to stay competitive the rest of the year.

    Blog | Conversation | May 31, 2010
  15. Under-the-radar breakthroughs

    Buster Olney

    You almost expect to see a string knot around the right index finger of Doug Fister, because that would explain it all. The right-hander throws a fastball that is more batting practice than Strasburg in its velocity, and major league hitters take big...

    Blog | May 03, 2010
  16. MLB -- Buster Olney: Doug Fister, Brett Gardner, Austin Jackson a...

    Buster Olney

    Early in the 2010 season, players such as Austin Jackson and Doug Fister have emerged as vital components to their respective teams. They are among this list of 10 players (or position groups) who are quietly playing significant roles.

    Blog | Conversation | May 03, 2010