For the full High Heat Stats experience:

Shutout Central: Game notes for Friday, May 16

More Julio — yay!

Blue Jays 2, @Rangers 0 — Drew Hutchison finished off a 3-hit shutout in his 20th career game, besting Yu Darvish to be the second Texas visitor this year to do what none could in the prior two.

Read the rest of this entry

Johnny Cueto and prime pitching seasons

Johnny Cueto is thus far having a pitching season for the ages. While his level of dominance is surprising, Cueto’s past performance coming into this, his age 28 season, did project to a superior performance and possibly a career best year.

After the jump, more on Johnny Cueto and prime pitching seasons.

Read the rest of this entry

Game notes from Thursday, May 15

@Reds 5, Padres 0 (day) — Is this roll of Johnny Cueto’s really happening? His second 3-hit shutout this year gave him nine straight starts allowing 5 hits or less in 7 innings or more — ten straight if you count last season. Neither streak has a searchable match.

Read the rest of this entry

Circle of Greats: 1924 Balloting

This post is for voting and discussion in the 58th round of balloting for the Circle of Greats (COG).  This round adds to the ballot those players born in 1924.  Rules and lists are after the jump. Read the rest of this entry

Circle of Greats Round 57 Results: Juan For the Ages

After he finished third and fourth, respectively, over the previous two rounds, Juan Marichal’s support this round bounced up and put him over the top, in his 17th round on the ballot. Marichal becomes the 57th inductee into the High Heat Stats Circle of Greats. Read the rest of this entry

Game notes from Tuesday: BIG cats eat birds, too

Your humble narrator makes his first 2014 trip to Mets Park Wednesday night, so here’s a lot of words to keep you busy.

Tigers 4, @Orioles 1 — Tommy Hunter was one strike away from closing a tight 1-0 win. Ahead 1-and-2 on Torii Hunter, with the tying run on second, but lost him. That brought up … uh-oh … Guess who’s back?

Read the rest of this entry

When it’s not your night: starters taking one for the team

On Monday night, Seattle had its way with Tampa Bay, with a 12-5 thumping that stood at 8-0 after two innings. Mariner hitters feasted on the offerings of Rays’ starter Cesar Ramos who was abandoned by his defense which committed 4 errors in those first two frames.

What was notable about this game, though, was this – Ramos stayed in to pitch 6.2 innings, holding Seattle scoreless over the last 3.2 IP of that stint. It was the first game this season with a starter going 6+ innings and allowing 9 or more runs. There was only one such game last year, by Ramos’s teammate David Price, and none in 2012.

These games haven’t always been so rare (this was the 268th such start since 1946), but staying in for 6+ innings after allowing 8 runs over the first two frames is very rare indeed. More on starters who “take one for the team” after the jump.

Read the rest of this entry

Game notes from Monday, May 13

Damn it. Jose Fernandez faces T.J. surgery, after just 36 major-league games. Damn it!

OK, a few notes from Monday, and some Sunday junk.

Read the rest of this entry

Crossing the Bag: Young Shortstops Moved to Second

After two years of two-way futility at shortstop, Dee Gordon crossed over to second base this season — his fourth in the majors, at age 26 — and is off to a flying start, batting .336 with an MLB-high 24 stolen bases in his first 35 games.

One narrative for a successful SS-to-2B transition goes like this: “Defensive woes got in his head, dragging his whole game down. Playing second eased that pressure, freed his mind, and let his other skills shine.” More on that angle, after the jump.

Read the rest of this entry

Game notes from Saturday, May 10

@Dodgers 6, Giants 2 — LA scored twice in the 6th, 7th and 8th to overcome their rivals’ early edge. Fortunes turned quickly after Matt Cain walked Dee Gordon leading off the 6th. He stole, Puig’s popup fell in front of a lumbering Moose, and Han-Ram walked to load the bags for Adrian Gonzalez. Southpaw Jeremy Affeldt got the slugger on a scoring DP, leaving the tying run on third for Matt Kemp, whose career line says .336/.957 off lefties. What would Bruce Bochy do?

Read the rest of this entry

 Page 26 of 159  « First  ... « 24  25  26  27  28 » ...  Last »