home runs

Giancarlo Stanton on pace to hit 63 home runs
Now that the Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton has hit an (obviously) Major League Baseball Leading 53 home runs, it’s impossible not to think about 60 or more and even more difficult not to constantly be talking about him and rooting for him. It’s really no surprise. Anyone who watches baseball is knows that Stanton probably could have hit this many home runs in seasons past. Injuries have derailed the six foot six inch, 245 pound slugger almost each year of his career.  In his eight years in the big leagues the most games Stanton has ever played in in a […]

How can we not want to root for Giancarlo Stanton?

Oakland Athletics
Sunday afternoon at the Coliseum in Oakland was already a great day for the Oakland Athletics long before Matt Olson stepped up to the plate to face Baltimore Orioles’ closer Zach Britton in the bottom of the eighth inning. The Oakland Athletics were already up by the score of 8-3 and were on the verge of getting a much needed win in front of the home crowd.  After falling behind the Orioles and starter Jeremy Hellickson 2-0, the A’s came roaring back in the bottom of the fourth inning scoring five runs. The biggest three of those runs coming off […]

A’s rookie Matt Olson hits rare homer off Orioles’ closer ...

Cotton, changeup
A lot of members on the Oakland Athletics were responsible for the team’s second win over the reigning World Champion Kansas City Royals in as many days. Left fielder Khris Davis and third baseman Ryon Healy went deep and Yonder Alonso’s double knocked in the A’s fourth and fifth runs in the top of the eighth. Even Marcus Semien, who was responsible for two of the Royals unearned runs early in the game, came back with an RBI single in the eighth. The A’s bullpen and defense were solid. Most memorable defensive plays belonged to Healy and Jake Smolinski in […]

Cotton gets it done in second start with magical changeup

power hitter
You’ve probably heard the name. Actually you have probably heard the name multiple times, however, nine times out of ten when someone says the name “Chris Davis” in the same sentence as the words “home run,” your mind jumps to slugger Chris Davis of the Baltimore Orioles. That’s not the Davis you’re going to read about here. The Orioles’ Chris Davis is quite a slugger, he’s one of the elite power hitters in the game today. Many names could be added to the list from Boston’s David Ortiz to the Nationals’ Daniel Murphy, who lead their respective leagues in slugging […]

A’s Davis is quickly climbing the ranks as an elite ...

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Will Khris Davis keep his much improved offense going? Khris Davis hasn’t had a great start to his season. Actually, until recently most would have called it dismal, but it seems that Davis is finally starting to turn a corner with his bat. Wednesday night, his turnaround continued as he launched a 449-foot monster of a home run off Justin Verlander in the Athletics’ eventual loss to the Detroit Tigers. Statcast has his exit velocity at 112 MPH. This ball didn’t just go out of the yard it went way, way out. It’s definitely worth a look: Thankfully for Oakland, […]

A’s Khris Davis seems to have finally turned an offensive ...

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Yes, the A’s should be worried about Sean Doolittle Sean Doolittle has allowed just 16 home runs in his entire career dating back to 2012, when he was starting out as a member of the Oakland A’s bullpen in 2012. He allowed just three in 2012 and four in 2013. In early 2014 Doolittle signed a five-year contract extension (with two team options) and was named the team’s closer in late May, replacing a struggling Jim Johnson. He allowed a career-high five home runs that season but he also became the first player in the modern era to reach 45 […]

Should the A’s be worried about Doolittle?

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 Should potential buyers be weary of signing Yoenis Cespedes? Yoenis Cespedes had a couple of unbelievable months in August and September after being traded to the New York Mets from the Detroit Tigers. In fact, he’s had a very good year on the whole, batting .291 with 35 home runs and 105 RBI combined between his time with both teams. However, once October hit and Cespedes stepped on to baseball’s biggest stage, he hasn’t been the same player the Mets had during the second half of the regular season. His offense has gone downhill since the National League Division Series, […]

Buyer Beware: Should Cespedes get a big free agent contract?

home runs
*Originally written for FanRag Sports’ Today’s Knuckleball on Oct. 1, 2015 Astros seeing a home run resurgence in season’s final days About a month ago the Houston Astros’ lead in the American League West was slipping from their grasp. They had been in first place in the division almost everyday since mid-April and were slowly losing ground to the Texas Rangers. Now it’s a three-way chase for the AL West and second wild card spot, which could possibly even end in a three-way tie between the Astros, the Los Angeles Angels and the Texas Rangers. The Angels had been behind in […]

Astros homer runs may just save season

Albert Pujols, angels, 2015 postseason
It was early Wednesday afternoon on the West Coast and Cy Young Award candidate Sonny Gray was on the mound for the Oakland Athletics against the Los Angeles Angels. Gray had already uncharacteristically given up four runs in the top of the first inning, and a walk to Kole Calhoun in the second, when Albert Pujols stepped into the batter’s box. With the count 0-2, Pujols took Gray deep to center on an 84 mph slider for the 555th home run of his career. With that home run Pujols, already 15th on Major League Baseball’s all-time home run list, sailed […]

How far up the all-time home run list can Albert ...

Ok, saying that Kirk Nieuwenhuis doesn’t hit isn’t very nice. He started the day 7-for-66 on the season and had already been designated for assignment twice. So, Sunday is likely to be the best day of his entire career. The first time he was DFA’d was by his current team, the New York Mets. He was picked up off waivers by the Los Angeles Angels who later DFA’d him and the Mets’ decided they wanted him back.  That’s where the real story of the day begins. It was Nieuwenhuis’ first game back with the Mets after the roller coaster he’d been on […]

Guy who doesn’t hit, goes yard 3 times in a ...

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UPDATE: June 1, 2015 4:15 pm PT Josh Hamilton continues to impress On Saturday, Josh Hamilton continued to hit for the Texas Rangers going 1-3 with 2 walks and 2 strikeouts in the Rangers win over the Boston Red Sox. Sunday, however, he really picked up where he left off on Friday night. Hamilton, not in the original lineup, came in to pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth with two on and two out. He roped a two-run double to left off Koji Uehara and became the Rangers’ hero once again as they completed their three-game sweep of […]

Angels treatment of Josh Hamilton has backfired – Updated!

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Last season I wrote a post on how team could have both their league’s batting champion and home run champion and still finish in last place. I am of course referring to the Houston Astros. Although they didn’t end up in last place in the American League West or with the AL home run champion, it all still could have happened. It could happen again. The Astros’ finished only three games above the last place Texas Rangers and slugger Chris Carter finished just three home runs shy of tying Nelson Cruz for the most home runs in Major League Baseball. […]

Why the Houston Astros may NOT win the AL West