MLB: Should the Yankees Be Concerned about Aroldis Chapman?

20-0. Last night, Aroldis Chapman threw 20 pitches in securing a circus save, and the Chicago White Sox swung through….zero of them.   The White Sox are not a great offensive team, and they certainly were striking out at a healthy rate overall last night (Jordan Montgomery struck out eight over seven innings).   Was this a random fluke night, or is it a sign of a bigger problem? Chapman…

June 27, 2017
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MLB: Week in Review

1.  Dodgers Streak Hits Double Digits Did you know that Clayton Kershaw is 94-0 in his career when the Dodgers score 4 or more runs in a start for him?   This doesn’t mean the Dodgers are undefeated, of course.   That is just one of the most amazing numbers I have read this season, and probably in my lifetime.   When Greg Maddux was in his prime, he once…

June 25, 2017
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MLB: The Mets, The Astros, and a Man Named deGrom

As an experiment, I would love to put 100 Mets’ fans into a room, lock the doors and windows, and flash, in big orange and blue letters, a rumor on a giant projector about the Mets trading Jacob deGrom.    Even in a day where trades of superstars are as plentiful as ever and players sticking to the same team throughout their careers are few and far between, there exists…

June 24, 2017
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MLB: Week in Review

1.  6 Up, 6 Down…. A week that started with the Yankees continuing their six-game winning streak ended with them in the midst of a six-game losing streak.    Baseball will always be a game of ebbs and flows throughout a season.  We have all been there before:  Our team, that seems so invincible one week turns into a team that can’t buy a win the next game. The Yankees…

June 18, 2017
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MLB: Father’s Day!

Father’s Day, 2003:   One of my sisters had the bright idea of giving my dad tickets to a Yankees game for later in the season.    The game itself was on September 11th against the Tigers, and was the one and only time our entire family went to a game together.    My niece wasn’t even a teenager yet, my nephew barely even had started his own baseball journey….

June 18, 2017
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MLB: AL East Needs

As the season gets out of the “It’s early!” phase and moves towards its “Uh oh, we may be in trouble!” phase, it is time to look at where teams stand in the needs department.  Today, I will focus on the American League East, which currently boasts two strong teams (Yankees, Red Sox), but three other teams that may all have a run in them.  As usual, this division is…

June 17, 2017
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MLB: The Matt Harvey Story

“Harvey’s Better!    Harvey’s Better!” It was on April 19th, 2013.  The Mets, off to a blah 7-7 start that included just being swept by the Colorado Rockies, were about to start a three-game series against the Washington Nationals.   The Mets were not necessarily a good team – they would end the season at 74-88.  However, they had a new sensation on the hill.   Matt Harvey entered that…

June 15, 2017
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MLB: Week in Review

I already wrote about Scooter Gennett‘s heroics in another post. 1.  “The Rockies Will Never Win Consistently on the Road!” That has always been the mantra surrounding the Colorado Rockies.  Their offense can produce at home, but what happens when they are on the road? They are answering that question loudly and proudly in 2017.   Even with their loss today, the Rockies are a solid 24-11 in road games…

June 11, 2017
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MLB: Next Week’s Draft Has a Disgusting New Twist

Oregon State left-handed starter Luke Heimlich announced today that he has requested to be excused from playing in this weekend’s super regionals against Vanderbilt after the revelation that he is a registered sex offender in the state of Washington.   The details on the case are rather disturbing, as he pleaded guilty in 2012 to molesting his 6-year old cousin.   There was a second count in the case that…

June 9, 2017
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MLB: The 4 Home Run Club

“With all of the greats in Cincinnati Reds’ history, it is surprising that this was the first time the franchise ever had a player hit four home runs in a game.” I have heard that a few times over the past few days after Scooter Gennett became the 17th player to ever hit four home runs in a game, but the reality is that it shouldn’t be surprising at all….

June 8, 2017
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