The Recent History of Dodgers Spring Pitching

When you search Creative Commons for “Monasterios”, this is the only picture that isn’t of a monastery. Also, it’s good to see that he’s pitching again. (via) Putting together the spring training batting statistics run-down was fun, so I’ve prepared a companion post for pitching statistics. The goal of the batting history post was to illustrate that you shouldn’t trust...
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February 27, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Still In The Market For A Closer

Per a report by  ESPN's Adam Rubin, the Mets remain on the prowl for a closer type.  Citing a source from outside of the organization, it is believe the Mets have set aside money to make such an acquisition and that the addition of Kyle Farnsworth earlier this afternoon doesn't change the teams plans.It is believed that Fernando Rodney may be the team's first choice...
Via Effing Mets
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Source: Mets still pursuing closer type

The Mets have allotted dollars to add a closer type, according to a source unaffiliated with the club. The source believed Fernando Rodney may be No. 1 on the team's target list, while also not discounting Kevin Gregg, Ryan Madson or Joel Hanrahan is imported instead. The pursuit is irrespective of the signing of Kyle Farnsworth to a minor-league deal Monday.
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mets Will Meet With Agents For John Axford and Kevin Gregg

According to Jim Duquette of MLB Network, the Mets will meet with the agents for free agent relievers John Axford and Kevin Gregg. I’m not such a big fan of Axford, but I do like Gregg a lot for the Mets and he’s a proven shutdown, late-inning reliever we can use. Axford, 30, posted a 4.02 ERA and 1.355 WHIP in 75 relief appearances last season for the Brewers and Cardinals...
Via Mets Merized Online
December 11, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs looking for quality pitching during free agency

The Chicago Cubs hired Rick Renteria on Thursday as the 53rd manager in franchise history.  Now president of baseball operations, Theo Esptein, says the team is ready to hit the open market for more pitching. As reported by Carrie Muskat of, Espstein will have talks with representatives for free agents at the General Managers Meetings next week.  Although two-fifths of...
Via Sports Injury Alert
November 10, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs pitchers suffer season's worst ball-strike calls

Baseball Savant is an online resource that breaks down advanced statistics of players to a simpler form that's easier to understand. conducted a research on Baseball Savant's site by dividing up the strike zone into nine equivalent areas to determine the season's five worst called balls. And the top two victims? Chicago Cubs pitchers Kevin Gregg, who came...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 09, 2013  |  Discuss

Free Agent Pass or Play: Kevin Gregg

Could Gregg be in Phillies pinstripes in 2014? Is he still a Major League-caliber pitcher? It’s time – we are now beyond the start of Free Agency at 12:01 AM November 5. We at Phillies Nation will take a look at a players, mostly outfielders, catchers, starting pitchers, and relievers, who the Phillies may target this offseason. We will explore potential performance, fit, cost...
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November 07, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Offseason Primer: Chicago Cubs

The 2013 season for the Cubs was about what you'd expect: a lot of losses, some hope for the future, and a decent bit of frustration. With Chicago's farm system taking another step forward, 2014 should provide more hope, less frustration, and probably about the same amount of losses, even with an unnamed new manager in tow. Needs The Cubs successfully discharged nearly...
Via The Outside Corner
November 06, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs calmly come back for 3-1 victory over Braves

The Cubs caught a glimpse of Pedro Strop in the closer role Saturday as he struck out the side in the ninth inning to preserve a 3-1 victory over the Braves at Wrigley Field. A day after veteran closer Kevin Gregg complained about his initial perception of Cubs management's lack of respect for him Strop complimented Gregg for helping him develop. "We have been teammates...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 22, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs accept Gregg's apology for rant

The Chicago Cubs say president of baseball operations Theo Epstein has accepted Kevin Gregg's apology for a tirade to the media and the team will not release him. Before Saturday's game against Atlanta, Gregg says he's put the issue behind him and believes ''it's over'' as far as Epstein is concerned, too. Gregg unloaded to reporters on Friday about...
Via AP on Fox
September 21, 2013  |  Discuss

Theo Epstein furious with Kevin Gregg for complaining to media

Chicago Cubs GM Theo Epstein is considering releasing Kevin Gregg in response to the relief pitcher’s comments to the media after Friday’s game. Gregg took the loss after allowing four runs in a 9-5 defeat to the Atlanta Braves at Wrigley Field. After the game, Gregg complained to the media that the Cubs had told […]
Via Larry Brown Sports
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Gregg's meltdown costs Cubs in 9-5 loss to Braves

First Kevin Gregg lost it on the mound. Then he vented his frustrations to the media. That may have earned him his walking papers. Gregg (2-5) took the loss after allowing four runs in the ninth as the Atlanta Braves defeated the Chicago Cubs 9-5 Friday. After the game, Gregg unloaded to the media about his dissatisfaction over apparently losing his closer's role to reliever...
Via AP on Fox
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Chicago to consider releasing Kevin Gregg

After his performance today, Cubs reliever Kevin Gregg talked to the media and told reporters that he was unhappy with the way that he was being treated by the team. Here are some of his comments via CBS Sports: “I expected to be treated a little bit better than this," said Gregg, who apologized to manager Dale Sveum and vice president of baseball operations Theo Epstein...
Via MLB Injury News
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Kevin Gregg's comments about role may get him released

Following Friday’s loss to the Atlanta Braves, Kevin Gregg voiced his displeasure with being taken out of the closer’s role for the Chicago Cubs. Theo Epstein upset with Kevin Gregg for voicing complaints to media…will sleep on it but is considering releasing him… — Jesse Rogers (@ESPNChiCubs) September 20, 2013   Theo responds to Gregg: “He ran to the media. That was...
September 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Pedro Strop to be Cubs' closer for rest of season

Kevin Gregg has saved the Cubs this season stepping in to notch his third career 30-save season. But the Cubs have decided to look ahead and will use right-hander Pedro Strop in save situations in the final games. Strop acquired from the Orioles in the Scott Feldman trade was 0-for-3 in save opportunities this season and has 15 holds. “I’ll try to get him an opportunity” manager...
Via Pro Sports Daily
September 19, 2013  |  Discuss

Win 55 and the drive towards mediocrity

The Chicago Cubs just won their 55th game of the 2013 season, which doesn’t sound all that great, except for the part where it took them until September 10 to get win #55 last season.  Starlin Castro broke up the no-hitter early (are you still participating in our No-Hit Streak Contest?) and the Cubs had just enough offense and just enough Jeff Samardzija and Kevin Gregg to eke...
Via World Series Dreaming
August 25, 2013  |  Discuss

Diamondbacks Reporters Get Stranded in Fenway Park Elevator Following Saturday Night’s Game

BOSTON — Two Arizona reporters had to climb out through the top of a stuck elevator at Fenway Park on Saturday night after the Diamondbacks’ game against the Boston Red Sox. Steve Gilbert of and Todd Walsh of Fox Sports Arizona were returning to the press box after the Diamondbacks’ 5-2 loss. They boarded the elevator at the ground floor but got stuck before reaching...
August 04, 2013  |  Discuss

August waiver period trade candidates

So, the trade deadline turned out to be kind of a bust. Anytime when the highlight of deadline day is all the puns that came from the Orioles trading L.J. Hoes is a pretty good sign that nothing exciting happened. Fortunately for those of us who love our trade porn, the August waiver period should be much more active as all the pretenders in the division and Wild Card races should...
Via The Outside Corner
August 01, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs Rumors: Schierholtz, Gregg likely to be traded

As the trade deadline nears, the Cubs are getting more and more calls, but some players are more likely than others to get dealt. They have gotten calls on Nate Schierholtz, Jeff Samardzija, Kevin Gregg, James Russell and others. According to an article posted by Jayson Stark of ESPN, the likeliest of all the Cubs to be traded are Kevin Gregg and Nate Schierholtz. Gregg has struggled...
Via MLB Injury News
July 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Chicago Cubs trade rumors: “No one is untouchable”

Jeff Samardjiza, along with every other Chicago Cub, is on the trading block. (Photo credit: Gene J. Puskar/AP) The Chicago Cubs already dealt their two biggest trade commodities, Matt Garza and Alfonso Soriano, last week. So who could still be on the trading block for the Cubs in these waning days before Wednesday’s trade deadline? According to comments made recently by President...
July 29, 2013  |  Discuss

Cubs rumors: Could Kevin Gregg go next?

Following the much-anticipated trade of the market's top starter, Matt Garza, the Chicago Cubs are in discussion with the New York Yankees about outfielder Alfonso Soriano. Next in line as the Cubs continue to fuel the trading frenzy appears to be closer Kevin Gregg. According to MLB Trade Rumors' Tim Dierkes, Gregg has indicated that he would like to move to a contender...
Via MLB Injury News
July 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Ideal landing spots for top MLB trade deadline targets

The trade deadline is fast approaching and thus far there has been very little activity on the trade market. That isn't due to a lack of options though as there are a number of quality players who seem quite likely to get moved between now and July 31st. The question isn't so much if those players will get dealt but when and where. Alas, the trade market is an imperfect market...
Via The Outside Corner
July 17, 2013  |  1 Comment

Trade value of Kevin Gregg: did Dale Sveum just diminish it?

This Chicago Cubs news and notes column is from the newest member of The Sports Bank family Jeremy Harris Sometimes a manager has to think like a general manager, particularly when players on his team are on the trade market. Many trades are consummated during the All-Star break, and Cubs closer Kevin Gregg has been rumored to be on the trading block for weeks. While prior to last...
Via The Sports Bank
July 15, 2013  |  Discuss

To the All-Star Break!

With tonight’s ass kicking, the Cubs end the “first half” prior to the All-Star Break at 42-51 in their 93rd game.  This puts them 15 games back of the National League Central leader St. Louis Cardinals, 14 games back of the wild card leader Pittsburgh Pirates, and 10 games back of the Cincinnati Reds, who hold the second wild card.  So yeah, trades are gonna come. On the...
Via World Series Dreaming
July 15, 2013  |  Discuss

To the All-Star Break!

With tonight’s ass kicking, the Cubs end the “first half” prior to the All-Star Break at 42-51 in their 93rd game.  This puts them 15 games back of the National League Central leader St. Louis Cardinals, 14 games back of the wild card leader Pittsburgh Pirates, and 10 games back of the Cincinnati Reds, who hold the second wild card.  So yeah, trades are gonna come. On the...
Via World Series Dreaming
July 15, 2013  |  Discuss

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