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Improve MLB Integrity: Quit Assigning Wins or Losses To Pitchers

The nonsense of assigning a pitcher a “win” or a “loss” just keeps on rolling. Tonight’s games have provided another prime example: Chris Sale of the White Sox struck out 14, walked one and allowed zero earned runs over eight … Continue reading

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The Defense of Jonathan Sanchez

Pittsburgh Pirates LHP Jonathan Sanchez started against the St. Louis Cardinals last night. He threw just seventeen pitches. The first St. Louis batter, 2B Matt Carpenter, worked the count full then smacked a home run to center field. RF Carlos … Continue reading

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Yu Was So Close

Here on the second day of the 2013 season, Yu Darvish of the Texas Rangers flirted with perfection. He had a perfect game going, rolling through the Houston Astro lineup like, well, like a lot of other pitchers, before losing … Continue reading

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The 2013 AL Central

The weather has finally warmed and the ducks are on the pond. Time to talk expectations. Yes, most writers have done this rumination weeks ago. I like to wait until after spring training so it can, hopefully, be based on … Continue reading

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Ned Yost (Manager of the Royals) Expects Nothing Of His Pitchers

What a provocative title! How can I say such a thing? Easy. Let me cut and paste from http://royals.mlblogs.com/2012/09/22/ned-yost-media-session-september-22/#comments: “Jake Odorizzi will be taking the mound in the final game of the Cleveland game tomorrow to wrap up the nine-game … Continue reading

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Is The “Strasburg Shut Down Shuffle” Really Over?

As you may be aware, Stephen Strasburg of the Washington Nationals underwent Tommy John surgery on his elbow in early September 2010. The bandages came off, he worked through a rehab program and started to pitch for the Curly W’s … Continue reading

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Goodbye Luke Hochevar

Yesterday, Bob Dutton reported in the Kansas City Star that the Royals “remain bullish” about pitcher Luke Hochevar.  Bull headed maybe, but bullish? Say it ain’t so! He has had flashes of greatness. Why, it was just two weeks or … Continue reading

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The Persistent Stupidity of Assigning Wins to Pitchers

Identifying those who blindly adhere to the “conventional wisdom” that becomes attached to a situation can be useful as a way to gauge whether they should be listened to or not. Why? Because “conventional wisdom” is often wrong. Case in … Continue reading

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The Books Of Youth

One of the events I looked forward to most years ago was the school “book fair.” (Do these things still happen?) There were always many sports books and I was very, very lucky–my parents were able and willing to buy … Continue reading

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Article Titles Are Always, Always, Always Accurate

http://sports.yahoo.com/mlb/boxscore?gid=320827127 The title of this gem is “Rockies Spoil Debut of Beckett, 10-0.” Hmmm. Perhaps Mr. Beckett had a little bit to do with the outcome. Josh threw 108 pitches at the last place Rockies. About 60% of them were for … Continue reading

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