starting pitching

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

Daniel Mengden 2
Will the A’s call up Daniel Mengden in 2016? With the recent struggles of the entire Oakland Athletics starting rotation, it’s time to take a look at some of the prospects the A’s may consider using in the future, maybe even this season. Daniel Mengden may be one of those prospects. The 23-year-old right handed starter came to the A’s organization along with another prospect, catcher Jacob Nottingham, in the trade that sent left-handed starter Scott Kazmir to Houston at last season’s trade deadline. Nottingham has since been traded, but Mengden has been brilliant at High Class-A, Double-A and Triple-A […]

Could we see A’s pitching prospect Daniel Mengden in 2016?

true ace, Garrett Richards, fifth starter
Do the Los Angels Angels have a true ace? The Angels have a long list of starting pitchers from which to choose for their 2016 rotation. Los Angeles has eight capable starters in Garrett Richards, C.J. Wilson, Jered Weaver, Andrew Heaney, Hector Santiago, Matt Shoemaker, Nick Tropeano and Tyler Skaggs, but not one of them can be called a true ace. Overall, their starting pitching has plenty of depth, but not much strength at the top. Their starters’ look like a handful of number-threes with guys coming off of rookie seasons and players coming off of injury. The team does not appear […]

Angels rotation has depth, but no clear ace

houston astros, dallas keuchel, starting pitching, gray
Can it be? The Astros are short on starting pitching Yes, it’s true the Houston Astros starting rotation contains the reigning Cy Young Award winner in 28-year-old left-hander Dallas Keuchel. The rest of their rotation pitched well in 2015 too, however, the question is do they have enough pitching depth to handle an injury or to replace a pitcher who is having a poor season? Will they have what it takes to get to the World Series with their current rotation? After Keuchel, comes an entire rotation of right-handers. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing but the team won’t have […]

Astros must add depth to starting pitching rotation

Bartolo Colon, cult-hero
The Oakland Athletics didn’t sign veteran pitcher Bartolo Colon after he’d had one of the best seasons of his career in 2013 because they didn’t want to sign a 40-year-old to a two-year deal. Colon wanted a two-year deal and the New York Mets were happy to oblige. Since then, however, it appears the A’s may have been better off with a bit more depth in the starting rotation, especially depth that includes a well-seasoned veteran. I don’t think it could have hurt the A’s to have Colon on the 25-man roster in 2014 or 2015. I mean, he can […]

Should the A’s consider signing Bartolo Colon?

texas rangers
The Texas Rangers are holding steady in third place in the AL West behind the Los Angeles Angels and the first place Houston Astros. There is always a chance that Texas could make a push down the stretch and catch the Astros but that doesn’t have to be their endgame anymore. With the addition of the second Wild Card and the success last season of the Kansas City Royals and the San Francisco Giants, every team believes that they have a chance at the playoffs. Once they’re in the postseason, as was proven by the Royals and Giants, anything can […]

Trade Deadline Preview: Texas Rangers

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 […]

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Cole Hamels, hamstring strains 2
It’s well known, due to the creation of the Pace of Game Committee by former MLB Commissioner Bud Selig, that the baseball executives want to encourage new and casual baseball fans to attend more ballgames.  It’s also well documented that current MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred is contemplating altering the strike zone in order to produce more offense in MLB games. More offense equals more attendance and more revenue as was witnessed, for example, during the 1998 home run record chase between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa. ESPN’s Buster Olney writes about the number of injured starting pitchers this season and how […]

Could a lack of SP depth give Manfred the increase ...