Rich Hill, doubleheader, starting pitching
A team without healthy starting pitching is doomed to have a dismal season To truly be a contender, a team needs all its pieces working well at the same time. Add a bit of luck to the equation and you may have a World Series champion. The 2015 Oakland Athletics proved just how much having one piece of the team puzzle out of whack can hurt a team. They had a terrible bullpen and it ruined the entire season — Oakland lost 35 one-run games. Even if a team’s starting pitching is great, they can’t win without a solid bullpen. The same […]

Examining the AL West shows the importance of starting pitching

James Paxton, Paxton, Taijuan Walker
James Paxton needs to prove he can stay healthy if he wants to stay with Seattle With the beginning of each new season, there are players whose names are on the block. Maybe they were superstars who are now in decline, perhaps they’ve got potential to be great but are looked at as injury prone or maybe they’re a young phenom that just hasn’t quite lived up to the hype. Teams are still taking a chance on them though because what if things finally come together (or back together) for them this season? If everything were to finally fall into […]

AL West series: Make it or Break it Seasons: James ...

Vogt and Hahn, pitching depth
Vogt and Hahn are important part of 2016 for Athletics Two players who the A’s need to make an impact in 2016, both proved that they could on Monday. The A’s are going to need both Stephen Vogt and Jesse Hahn to stay healthy and productive in both the first and second half of the 2016 season in order to compete in the American League West, something the Athletics believe is a strong possibility. All-Star catcher Vogt, who is recovering from a sub-par second half and an offseason elbow surgery, homered twice for the Oakland Athletics in their 6-4 split-squad win […]

Vogt and Hahn both need strong season for A’s to ...

impact, Jesse Hahn, surkamp
Which now-healthy A’s players will make an impact in 2016? published an article recently identifying the top five injury comebacks to watch for in 2016. Writer Stephania Bell identifies five players who’s returns could make an impact for their respective teams in 2016. Beginning with Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and moving onto Cincinnati Reds’ catcher Devin Mesoraco, she then goes to name Texas Ranger’s starter Yu Darvish, Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers and Jung Ho Kang of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Those are not the only players who should be kept an eye on in 2016. These […]

A’s players whose return in 2016 will make an impact

A.J. Griffin, injury update
There is bad news for the A’s and their bullpen on the injury front, but there is some good news surrounding some of their other injured players. I’ll get the bad news out of the way first. The not so good news for the A’s: It is a bad sign when a player is placed on the 60-day disabled list. Once they are, they cannot come off it before the 60 days are up. It also means that they are no longer on the Major League club’s 40-man roster and in most cases it indicates that the player will be […]

A’s Sean Doolittle to 60-day DL, A.J. Griffin reinstated & ...

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

The New York Mets lost lights-out lefty reliever Jerry Blevins and catcher Travis d’Arnaud, each for a significant amount of time all in one inning. What should have been a celebratory day after the Mets won their major league leading eighth straight win was sullied by the loss of two of their better players. The Mets acquired Blevins for bullpen help back on March 30 from the Washington Nationals. The Mets already had lost lefty Josh Edgin to Tommy John surgery. Blevins came in to fill that role. They’ve also lost closer Jenrry Mejia first to injury and then to an […]

Mets lose Jerry Blevins, Travis d’Arnaud in same inning

Just when I thought I wouldn’t be writing yet another injury report regarding the Texas Rangers, tragedy struck again for the team. It struck more than once on Friday night actually. As I have said in what is now a three part “series” on the curse of the Texas Rangers, also called by some the “Curse of Nolan Ryan,” – the Rangers are well, cursed. Honestly, if you can think of any other reason that these injuries keep occuring, please feel free to clue me in. In the Rangers’ Friday game against the Houston Astros, starting pitcher and current ace […]

And the Texas Rangers’ curse continues …

Oakland Athletics’€˜ centerfielder and leadoff hitter Coco Crisp is going to be starting the season on the disabled list according to a report by the San Francisco Chronicle’€™s Susan Slusser. Crisp has been having issues with his right elbow throughout most of the spring. The soreness he’€™s been feeling was evident during a minor league game on Tuesday where Crisp went 0-3 with a walk. A’s manager Bob Melvin said that Crisp was still having trouble with his swings and was still in pain on Wednesday. This is a blow to the A’€™s as they are already starting the season without right fielder […]

The A’s have a lot of depth (and that’s a ...

dbacks, opt-out clauses, round table. Zack Greinke
I know that I’ve discussed this issue on this blog at great length already (you can find the orginial versions of the post HERE) but on Friday more information came to light about the Los Angeles Dodgers’ pitching staff. According to Zack Greinke, he doesn’t expect to be 100 percent by Opening Day and according to manager Don Mattingly, the shoulder injury to reliever Brandon League is much more serious than orginally thought. These are not good signs for the Dodgers who already have question marks in thier rotation and bullpen. I’ve condensed all the information already provided in detail […]

More questions arise surrounding Dodgers’ pitchers

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 ...