BP Daily Podcast: Effectively Wild Episode 728: The Mercurial Matt Moore by Ben Lindbergh and Sam Miller

Ben and Sam banter about Matt Albers and baseball cards, then talk to Adam Sobsey about Matt Moore and the dependability of top pitching prospects.
Via Baseball Prospectus
16 days ago  |  Discuss

White Sox activate RHP Albers from DL

CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox have activated reliever Matt Albers from the 15-day disabled list and designated infielder Conor Gillaspie for assignment. Albers broke his right pinkie finger during a brawl with the Royals on April 23. He has no record and a 1.59 ERA in four appearances with Chicago this year. The White Sox announced the moves before Sunday's game against Kansas City...
Via AP on Fox
July 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Walk off in Eleven and Other News

Father’s Day at The Cell welcomed the Stanley Cup and a visit from the Chicago Black hawks. Playing today were: Adan Eaton, Avi Garcia, Abreu as DH, LaRoche at 1st, Cabrera, Ramirez, Gillaspie,Beckham, Flowers, Sanchez. Pitching Staff – Jose Quintana, Zach Duke, David Robertson, Zach Putnam, Jake Petricka *1st inning – Texas opened the scoring with a home run. 1 to 0 *Bottom...
Via In The Neutral Zone
June 21, 2015  |  Discuss

Updates all around

*Day off on Monday *John Danks found some serious nasty pitching a complete game and a 6 – 0 shutout of Houston and taking the series. It was his third career shutout. The bullpen got a well deserved night off. *The boys travel to Texas for a 3 game series with the Rangers starting on Tuesday. Jeff Chris and Carlos will be in the mound office. *Injury List –  Jose Abreu is listed...
Via In The Neutral Zone
June 01, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox’s Albers to DL, Carroll Called Up From Charlotte

This morning the Chicago White Sox purchased the contract of right-handed pitcher Scott Carroll from the Charlotte Knights, their Triple-A affiliate. This is because the Sox brass had to put Matt Albers on the 15-day disabled list because of a broken right (throwing hand) pinky. How did this happen you ask? You may have heard about this little skirmish on the field a day or so ago...
Via Baseball Essential
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox RHP Matt Albers on DL with injury from brawl vs. Royals

  Matt Albers knew something was wrong after he was involved in a benches-clearing brawl between the Chicago White Sox and Kansas City Royals on Thursday night. A day later, it was much worse. The White Sox placed Albers on the 15-day disabled list Sunday with a broken pinkie finger on his right hand. They also promoted right-hander Scott Carroll from Triple-A Charlotte and designated...
Via AP on Fox
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox promote RHP Carroll from Triple-A Charlotte

CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox have promoted right-hander Scott Carroll from Triple-A Charlotte and placed reliever Matt Albers on the 15-day disabled list with a broken pinkie finger on his right hand. The White Sox also designated left-hander Eric Surkamp for assignment before the resumption of a suspended game against Kansas City on Sunday. Albers was injured in a benches-clearing...
Via AP on Fox
April 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Welcome to The Cell

Welcome home to The Cell. It seems like ages since we have been here. The Minnesota Twins are in for a 3 game series. Weather today: Blue sky but windy Uniform today: White Pinstripe Line-up: Eaton, Caberea, Abreu, Garcia, LaRoche, Ramirez, Beckham, Flowers, Johnson, and in the office today Hector Noesi making his first start of 2015. Alexei Ramirez has been given permission to wear...
Via In The Neutral Zone
April 10, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Chicago White Sox

Here is the roster for the 2015 start of the season. Pitchers – Matt Albers, John Danks, Kyle Drabek, Zach Duke, Javy Guerra, Dan Jennings, Hector Noesi, Zach Putnam, Jose Quintana, David Robertson, Jeff Samardzija Catchers – Tyler Flowers, Geovany Soto Infield – Jose Abreu, Gordon Beckham, Emilio Bonifacio, Conor Gillaspie, Micah Johnson, Adam LaRoche, Alexei Ramirez, Carlos...
Via In The Neutral Zone
April 05, 2015  |  Discuss

What it Will Take for the White Sox to Make the Playoffs

The Chicago White Sox had a great offseason and are ready to turn their fortunes around in the Central Division. With these additions, a run to the postseason seems likely. However, there are some key elements that must be in place for the White Sox, in order for them to reach the playoffs. Baseball expects see the White Sox as improved, but not in the playoff picture. I see the...
Via Sports Mockery
April 04, 2015  |  Discuss

Chicago White Sox Sign Matt Albers to Minor League Deal

According to CBS’ Jon Heyman, the Chicago White Sox have signed Matt Albers to a minor league deal, and according to  Daryl Van Schouwen, Albers will earn up to $1.5 million if he makes the major league team. At age 32, Albers threw just 10 innings but sported a nice .90 ERA. In his last full season in 2013, he posted 3.14 ERA and a 3-1 record with the Cleveland Indians. Albers...
Via Baseball Essential
February 16, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox, Albers agree to minor league deal

CHICAGO (AP) The White Sox and reliever Matt Albers have agreed to a minor league contract. The right-hander would get a get $1.5 million, one-year contract if he's added to Chicago's 40-man roster. He was limited to eight appearances with Houston last season because of shoulder problems, and he gave up one run in eight innings. Albers was 3-1 in each of the previous two seasons...
Via AP on Fox
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

White Sox sign Matt Albers, Joe Thatcher lands with Astros

getty images The White Sox have been very active this offseason. On Friday they added veteran reliever Matt Albers on a minor league deal. Abers can earn $1.5 million this season if he makes the White Sox out of spring training. He made just eight big league appearances ast year while dealing with a shoulder injury. The right hander is said to be in good heath and was seen reaching...
February 13, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians reportedly show interest in former Cy Young winner

With a week until pitchers and catchers report to spring training, the Indians were in Houston on Tuesday to watch workouts from Barry Zito and Matt Albers. According to Paul Hoynes of, the Indians were one of five teams to watch Zito's workout. The right-hander, who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2002, did not pitch last season. In 2013 with the Giants,...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
February 11, 2015  |  Discuss

Astros get their stud reliever, ink Luke Gregerson for three years

The Houston Astros wanted a top reliever, a sentiment we questioned yesterday. Today, they got him, inking former Oakland Athletic Luke Gregerson to a three-year, $18.5 million deal. Luke Gregerson reaches 3 year, $18.5 million deal with Houston #Astros; becoming 3rd richest reliever in #MLB this winter. — Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) December 10, 2014 The A’s acquired...
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December 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Today in Tribe History: November 8, 1987

Relief pitcher Bryan Shaw is born in California. The Indians’ new single season leader in games pitched, with 80 in 2014, was drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the second round of the 2008 amateur draft. He spent parts of the 2011 and 2012 seasons with the D’Backs before being traded to Cleveland with pitchers Matt Albers and Trevor Bauer as part of the three-team trade...
Via Did The Tribe Win Last Night?
November 08, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros decline option on Albers

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have declined a $3 million team option for right-hander reliever Matt Albers. The team will pay $200,000 to buy out the contract of Albers, who appeared in eight games this year before missing the rest of the season with a shoulder injury. Houston also outrighted first baseman Jesus Guzman and left-hander Rudy Owens off the team's 40-man roster. Guzman...
Via AP on Fox
October 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Tribe blasted by Reds for second straight night

The Battle of Ohio packed up and headed from Cleveland to Cincinnati last night. The Reds carried over their “big homers from non-homer hitters” act, and the Indians were silent with the bats until the eighth inning when it was far too late. When it looked like the Indians might just dip their toes into serious wild card contention, they’ve fallen back to .500 after two straight...
Via Waiting For Next Year
August 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: George Springer, Matt Albers, Josh Zeid

The Houston Astros (43-64) have been struggling all season with various injuries and their luck does not look like it will be getting better anytime soon.  Rookie outfielder George Springer took batting practice for the first time on Tuesday, according to Brian McTaggart of  Pitchers Matt Albers and Josh Zeid will continue to be on the disabled list indefinitely, but...
Via Sports Injury Alert
July 30, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Update: Dexter Fowler, Matt Albers, Jesse Crain

The Houston Astros don’t expect to get center fielder Dexter Fowler, relief pitcher Matt Albers or relief pitcher Jesse Crain back off the disabled list anytime soon, reports Brian McTaggart of / gettyimages.comFowler has been on the disabled list since June 27 with an intercostal strain in his right side. The Astros hoped Fowler would be fully recovered following...
Via Sports Injury Alert
July 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Matt Albers, Anthony Bass hopeful of return prior to All-Star break

getty images The Houston Astros have been without relief pitcher Matt Albers since April 21. Fellow right hander Anthony Bass has been out since May 10. Both pitchers remain hopeful that they can return prior to the All-Star break even as they are currently in Florida rehabbing. Albers, 31, has been dealing with right-shoulder tendinitis while Bass has a right intercostal strain.
June 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Injury updates on Astros' Matt Albers and Jesse Crain

The Houston Astros have had little to cheer about on the field this season, finishing the first quarter of the season with a record of 13-27, last place in the American League West. The Astros have been equally inept offensively and on the mound, ranking 27th in runs scored and in ERA. There is hope for some good news on relievers Matt Albers and Jesse Crain, who are battling...
Via Sports Injury Alert
May 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros Injury Updates: Matt Albers, Scott Feldman, Jesse Crain, Delino Deshields Jr

The Houston Astros continue their four-game series with Oakland today.  Oakland took the first game 10-1 but the story centered around Jed Lowrie being targeted again by Houston for his bunt single last weekend.  They should probably focus more on the games and trying to stay healthy.  We have updates on a trio of pitchers & an update on a much talked about minor leaguer...
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 25, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros' Matt Albers dealing with shoulder tightness

The Houston Astros are off to a 7-14 start, last in the American League West. They are 29th in runs scored and 26th in ERA. But the Astros have played better of late, winning their last two on the road against the Seattle Mariners. There is some concern with relief pitcher Matt Albers, who has shoulder tightness. He is unavailable tonight and his status for tomorrow is up in...
Via Sports Injury Alert
April 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Bullpen arms and anti-regression velocity

In a post yesterday, I pondered relief pitchers like Chad Qualls, Matt Albers and Jake McGee who have unexpectedly increased their fastball velocity with age. Their careers piqued my curiosity. And so I took a look at pitchers who have pitched in relief since 2010 and if their velocity has regressed or not. Let me share what I have discovered.First, let me disclaim a few things...
Via The Flagrant Fan
April 03, 2014  |  Discuss
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