The Diamondbacks parlayed four walks and three run-scoring singles into a five-run 9th inning, rallying to defeat the Cubs 5-1 in Cactus League "B" game action this morning at Sloan Park in Mesa, AZ. Kyle Hendricks got the start for the Cubs and was masterful, tossing five innings of one-hit shutout ball (55 pitches - 37 strikes, 7/5 GO/FO), allowing no walks, while striking out...
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Brett cooked up some odds on this happening
Even if we generously say each of the three would normally homer in 1 out of 15 plate appearances (that’s a 40-homer pace in 600 plate appearances), the odds that the three would go back-to-back-to-back is 1 in 3,375. There was a 0.0296% chance that it would happen. If you make their individual homer rates a slightly...
What happened in 2014: Had the fewest plate appearances of any of the 25 non-pitchers the Dodgers used all year.
If you were in the worst, most boring bar in the world, you could probably win a bar bet by knowing that Mike Baxter not only made the Opening Day roster this year, but he actually...
Michael Cuddyer told reporters that he will wear uniform number 23 with the Mets, proudly worn by former Flushing notables Doug Flynn, Bernard Gilkey and Mike Baxter.
Though predominantly a right fielder, Cuddyer said he will play wherever the Mets decide, and Curtis Granderson pretty much echoed those same sentiments.
He believes the Mets are ready to compete in post season play...
As a prospect hoarder, I’m not usually happy when the team trades a somewhat legitimate prospect for a 28-year-old lefty who has all of 17 innings pitched in the majors (and a 9.00 ERA — yay small sample sizes). But that’s (kinda) what happened on Sunday.
The Dodgers sent Duke von Schamann to the Indians in exchange for left-handed reliever Colt Hynes. I think Mike said it...
The Los Angeles Dodgers acquired left handed pitcher Colt Hynes from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for Duke von Schamann.
Last week the Indians designated Hynes for assignment but now he will report to Triple-A Albuquerque where he will provide depth for the Dodgers bullpen. Last season the 28-year-old Hynes made 22 appearances with the San Diego Padres producing a 9.00 ERA and...
The Dodgers are changing things up in the second game of the season in Australia, inserting two new players into the lineup and switching up the batting order. Scott Van Slyke is sitting for Mike Baxter and Justin Turner is being replaced by Dee Gordon, but perhaps the most interesting move is the decision to bat Gordon leadoff.
The changes are understandable with a switch in...
Dee Gordon reached base three times last night against Seattle, and the first two were pretty much the most Gordon successes ever. In the first inning, he hit a chopper to the left side and beat the throw. After striking out in the second, he tapped back to the pitcher in his next plate appearance, reaching base partially because of his speed, and partially because Logan Kensing...
Yasiel Puig. Yasiel Puig. Yasiel Puig. Yasiel Puig.
There’s no such thing as “too many outfielders.” We’ve been saying that forever, but can we finally agree on that, please? We already know that Matt Kemp isn’t going to Australia, and until we hear about the results of his MRI test, we won’t even know when he’ll be cleared to run at full speed — which, remember, he has not done yet. There’s not currently a date...
Over the course of a 162-game season, fans develop a familiarity with players more than any other sport. Mets fans have seen homegrown talent grow into solid players, vanish back into the minor leagues, or get designated for assignment. The outside acquisitions over the past few years have been hit or miss, but the perception of all these players within “Met lore” is never...
Here is an Offseason Review by Sports Illustrated that sort of reads like a Season Preview as well. It doesn’t look like they are predicting the Mets to win the World Series, so we should be in the clear…New York Mets2013 Record: 74-88, 3rd place in NL East Run Differential: -65, 22nd in MLB Key Departures: RHP LaTroy Hawkins, RHP Frank Francisco, OF Mike Baxter, LHP Johan Santana...
Ah, the bat off the bench. Perhaps not the foremost thought in most minds when it comes to roster construction, but one that ends up being a major consideration at times, particularly when a game is on the line in the late innings. Bill James has held that the prototypical pinch hitter is a left-handed line-drive producer, able to take advantage of the natural excess of right...