Michael Pineda

Eric Surkamp
Will the A’s keep Surkamp or bring up Hahn or Manaea? Depending on how left-hander Eric Surkamp does Tuesday night against the New York Yankees and right-hander Michael Pineda, Oakland A’s fans may be seeing the team’s number two prospect lefty Sean Manaea or perhaps,  the more experienced, right-hander Jesse Hahn in the very near future. That’s not to say that Surkamp has pitched poorly for Oakland. He went seven scoreless innings against the San Francisco Giants in an exhibition game, pitching his way into the starting rotation in the wake of Felix Doubront’s injury and subsequent Tommy John surgery. […]

Surkamp’s performance could determine fate of Hahn and Manaea

Granted I’m a little late with this one because my Oakland A’s had their fourth day off of the 2015 season on Monday and it is now Tuesday, I didn’t want to break my own self-imposed rule of writing about a baseball fun fact on each off-day! So, since there’s been talk of late surrounding the use of foreign substances by pitchers on the baseball I thought I’d learn a few facts about the spitball, including it’s origin and its ban. The spitball, obviously now illegal in baseball, involves the pitchers using their saliva (or now any “foreign substance”) to […]

Off-Day Baseball Fun Fact from BBST: The Spitball

foreign substance
As it has in recent years the pitchers and pine tar debate is back. This year it starts with Milwaukee …  So, with Brewers pitcher Will Smith (insert “Fresh Prince” joke here), Major League Baseball moved quickly. Smith was ejected from the game last night for having a foreign substance on his arm during the game. MLB moved so quickly that Smith has already been handed an eight-game suspension, one he intends to appeal.   With the Braves up, the bases loaded and one out in the seventh inning, Braves’ manager Fredi Gonzalez emerged from the dugout and asked the […]

And the pine tar debate continues with Will Smith…

Corey Kluber, gray
Update: May 19, 2015 at 11:45 am PT Corey Kluber made his first start on Monday. Well, it was his first start since his epic 18 strikeout performance. After a very slow start, which you can read about below, the 2014 Cy Young Award winner had everyone wondering if that performance meant that the 2014 Kluber had returned. It turns out that Kluber may have turned the corner from his earlier struggles. He struck out the first five White Sox batters he faced on Monday. He pitched a full nine innings allowing five hits, one run, one walk and struck […]

Update: Which Corey Kluber is the real one?