October baseball.

Beware of September results. On the surface, it looked like Oakland was running out a dominating starter last night against Tampa Bay. Sean Manaea came into last night’s wild card game with a sparkling 4-0 record and an ERA of 1.21, having made just five last-season starts after missing the […]

The first rule of baseball.

From the moment you come out of your mother’s womb you instinctively learn two things. One, how to breathe. Two, good pitching beats good hitting. It’s been that way since the beginning of time. It’s that way now. Good pitching beats good hitting.  On Monday good pitching shut out the […]

Living the dream.

Edinson Volquez re-emerged from oblivion the other day. He pitched a scoreless inning in a meaningless loss to Seattle at home. The inning he pitched was anything but meaningless. September is will mean the world to him.  Volquez was part of the Tommy John Trio that included fellow surgery patients […]

More rumor talk. 16 comments

Nothing to report in Rangersland except for what is on MLBtraderumors.com: “The Rangers have continued to discuss a couple of free-agent infielders—Josh Harrison and Yangervis Solarte—and stayed in contact with free-agent right-hander Adam Ottavino, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. “Either Harrison or Solarte, the latter of whom […]

No debate. 48 comments

It was deGrom and Snell for Cy Youngs. A lot of debate about both, but in my opinion both were no brainers. With deGrom it was he only had ten victories. With Snell it was he had the fewest innings pitched of any starter to win the award. Neither had […]

Boston wins Game 1. 49 comments

Imagine you pay for a movie starring Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford. It’s being advertised as an epic. You plunk down your hard-earned money and go to the theater to see it. After the first act, both characters are killed off and the leads are now played by Ashton Kutcher […]

Great pitching vs great hitting. 10 comments

The Red Sox led all of baseball in wins, runs scored, hits, doubles, runs batted in, batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS. It’s a powerhouse offense. The Dodgers are the first World Series team to have had more strikeouts than hits. But they sported the second-best team ERA […]