Brandon McCarthy

Brett Anderson, Hot stove 2
Stop me if you’ve heard this story before – left-handed starter Brett Anderson, now playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers, is …. wait for it … INJURED! “No!” you say? Oh yes, and not for the first, second, third or even fourth time in his career. Anderson left the Dodger’s game against the Atlanta Braves after two and two thirds innings with irritation in his left Achilles tendon. He allowed three runs on five hits prior to giving way to reliever Chin-hui Tsao. A rookie in 2009, with what seemed like limitless potential, Anderson pitched a full season for the Oakland […]

Brett Anderson’s injury-prone career continues with Dodgers

Alex Torres
Seriously, this is something I do not understand. I don’t understand the big deal about New York Mets’ pitcher Alex Torres‘ cap. Yet one thing never fails since he started wearing the protective cap offered to pitchers in 2014, and that is people still make fun of him. Even the New York Post called his hat “goofy,” although they’re overall article on the protective cap was positive. Still why call it “goofy?” Torres is the only pitcher in the game who wears this particular cap. The rest seems to be too vain to don it because it looks a little […]

Why are people still making fun of Alex Torres’ cap?

mlb newsworthy moments
Upon waking up this morning (much later than most being on the west & best coast) I realized there are way too many things going on in Major League Baseball right now than I could possibly write about in separate articles so I’m going to see if I can cover all the big points in one post.   DRA (or Deserved Run Average) is a lovely new statistic brought to us by the sabermetrics community, more specifically, the smart guys over at Baseball Prospectus. The most basic way to put it is that it is much more accurate in determining […]

DRA, an empty stadium, injuries and All-Star ballots

I’ve mentioned it more than once, more than twice. I have written a ton of posts on New York Yankees pitcher Masahiro Tanaka alone and mentioned this point in oh so many others. I’ve mentioned it almost every time I’ve written about someone going down with Tommy John surgery. Tanaka should have had surgery last season instead of trying to use rest and rehab in order to repair his partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. Bad plan. It was just that a bad plan. The majority of pitchers who go that route ultimately succumb to having the Tommy John procedure in the […]

The New York Yankees should be feeling pretty stupid right ...

UPDATE: March 23, 2015 8:40 am PT As I mention in the original text the Los Angeles Dodgers’ number three starter, Hyun-jin Ryu, was going to be missing his next spring start. Well, it turns out that he’ll now be missing more than that, in fact, he’ll be starting the season on the disabled list, according to manager Don Mattingly. Ryu’s throwing program has been completely shutdown and the 27-year-old left-hander is being taken back to Los Angeles to meet with team doctor Neal ElAttrache for an examination on Monday. The results of the examination will determine whether or not Ryu […]

UPDATE: Dodgers’ lack of pitching depth made more apparent with ...

  Thursday Miami Marlins’ pitcher Dan Jennings took a line drive to the head in a game against the Pittsburgh Pirates. He is not the first pitcher for this to happen to this year and in recent years. It seems to be becoming a scary and more common occurrence, begging the question: why aren’t more pitcher’s wearing the MLB approved protective caps? Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh-Tribune Review has now seen it happen to three pitchers and that’s only what he has seen. We also can’t forget what happened to Aroldis Chapman during spring training and to Brandon McCarthy in […]

Is vanity worth the life of a pitcher? Why won’t ...