August 2015 archive

Aug 31

Stephen Strasburg: About Yesterday Afternoon (August 30)

It’s a lot easier when the team scores runs. When the offense is clicking and guys not named Bryce Harper contribute big hits, those three-run Justin Bour home runs turn into the opening for a poorly written blog post rather than an example of why Stephen Strasburg didn’t bring his good stuff to Nationals Park …

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Aug 31

Noah Syndergaard: About Yesterday Afternoon (August 30)

There was a span of about 30 minutes yesterday where I was convinced baseball games were fixed. Joe West wasn’t behind the plate. That was Tim Donaghy. It happened much quicker than that. My sudden insight didn’t exactly happen in the proverbial “blink of an eye.” That might be overselling it. I’ll say it happened …

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Aug 31

MLB Daily Heat Check Monday, August 31

  Here you’ll find information regarding the pitchers that light up the radar gun each and every night. I’ve listed for both starters and relievers the top average pitch velocity with a heading for type. It doesn’t equate to quality of an outing or take into consideration the end result of the pitch (sometimes really, …

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Aug 30

Jordan Zimmermann: About Last Night (August 29)

I don’t think you could have faulted Jordan Zimmermann (11-8) if he’d lost all ability to think coherently and grooved one to Derek Dietrich after Martin Prado nearly decapitated Zimmermann with a comeback liner in the fourth. Ichiro Suzuki had just worked his way on with a single, and on the next pitch Prado unleashed …

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Aug 30

Jacob DeGrom: About Last Night (August 29)

Yesterday I discussed how Max Scherzer struck out Ichiro Suzuki with high heat, offering a look with the fastball up and out of the zone before enticing Ichiro with a nearly identical pitch to force him to swing. In Saturday’s game against the Red Sox, Jacob deGrom (12-7) approached Blake Swihart in the second inning …

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Aug 30

MLB Daily Heat Check Sunday, August 30

Here you’ll find information regarding the pitchers that light up the radar gun each and every night. I’ve listed for both starters and relievers the top average pitch velocity with a heading for type. It doesn’t equate to quality of an outing or take into consideration the end result of the pitch (sometimes really, really …

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Aug 29

Max Scherzer: About Last Night (August 28)

In the third inning of last night’s Marlins and Nationals game, Max Scherzer (11-11) pitched to Ichiro Suzuki with Dee Gordon on first and no outs. In between the long pauses, the looping tosses to first, and the wide-angle shots of the Nationals bench staring at Gordon at first, Scherzer threw some pitches.  This is …

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Aug 29

Matt Harvey: About Last Night (August 28)

It’s been a while since we’ve been here. The last time the Mets lost it was a sad drive home from Baltimore, which also happened to be the last time the team scored fewer than five runs. What a great sentence to write. Remember when we were all writing about how the team couldn’t score …

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Aug 29

MLB Daily Heat Check Saturday, August 29

Here you’ll find information regarding the pitchers that light up the radar gun each and every night. I’ve listed for both starters and relievers the top average pitch velocity with a heading for type. It doesn’t equate to quality of an outing or take into consideration the end result of the pitch (sometimes really, really …

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Aug 28

Joe Ross: About Last Night (August 27)

Regular readers of the site know that I’m a huge fan of Joe Ross (5-5). The trade that brought Ross to Washington was lauded for bringing the eventual replacement for impending free agent Ian Desmond. Desmond didn’t want to take the offer that Mike Rizzo had presented to him? That’s fine. We’ll just elbow our …

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