Small moves, Kansas City Royals

From water coolers to major newspapers, all the Royals chatter in the earliest part of the young club’s offseason focuses on the need to acquire a front-line starting pitcher. Indeed, the Royals gave a combined 27 starts to Kyle Davies, Sean O’Sullivan, and Vin Mazzaro, which is approximately 27 starts too many. Though the trio’s […]

The Jeter bubble expands; what happens when it bursts?

Today, the New York Yankees celebrate shortstop Derek Jeter‘s fifth Gold Glove. Specifically, infield coach Mick Kelleher had the following to say of Cap’n Jete’s work in the field: It has all come up to a very high level. Whether he’s fielding ground balls right at him, a slow roller going to his right on […]

Matt Garza throws a no-no; Delmon Young just keeps hitting

Last night, as you’ve surely seen, Matt Garza tossed the fifth no-hitter of the season. A single walk was the only blemish on Garza’s nearly perfect night, though it should be noted that defense and (forgive me) luck were on his side, too; he struck out just six Tigers. Still, a no-hitter is always a […]

Josh Johnson and Ubaldo Jimenez: tied, for now.

Ubaldo Jimenez has had, without a doubt, the most spectacular season of any starting pitcher in the major leagues. You know about the no-hitter, of course. And shiny-number devotees worldwide marvel at his 14 wins, all collected prior to the beginning of July. Yes, Jimenez has put together quite a nifty half-season. And yet, quietly, […]

The Royals think they’re close…and they might be right

So the Kansas City Royals are not a good baseball team, mostly because they don’t have good baseball players. This seems a simple enough concept, but I think it’s often overlooked. At the end of the day, it’s not about a winning atmosphere, doing the little things right, and taking it one day at a […]

On Galarraga, Joyce and instant replay

“Come sit on my lap and let me tell you why your great-grandfather is the reason Baseball finally adopted full instant replay.” –Jim Joyce, 2038. Hey, you have to search for the silver lining, right? Craig Calcaterra at NBC Sports’ Hardball Talk has it right: It is absolutely imperative that baseball implement some form of […]

Tinkering with the Twins

On the flight to Seattle after Sunday’s win over the Texas Rangers, the Minnesota Twins faced a dilemma. The team’s starting second baseman, Orlando Hudson, had been injured in a cartoonish collision at the end of the night’s game. The logical backup, Alexi Casilla, is still nursing a bad elbow. Of his status, Casilla says, […]

Fay Vincent gets it right, wrong

In today’s Wall Street Journal, former commissioner Fay Vincent offers an editorial (behind a pay wall) on sports’ performance-enhancing drug problem. Vincent, reacting to the growing apathy of the public toward confessions of drug use, comments: All sports must be played according to the rules in fair competition. We use umpires and referees and other […]

Why do the Royals hate Alex Gordon?

Alex Gordon needs to be playing every day, especially for a team like the Royals. After skipping AAA entirely, Gordon was worth 2.1 and 2.3 wins his first two seasons in the majors. Last year was entirely lost due to injury, but now Gordon finds himself right where he needs to be: starting each game […]

Dodgers GM goes after Matt Kemp…but why?

Making the rounds today is this story in the LA Times depicting an odd situation in Los Angeles. Ned Colletti, the teams general manager, had some unpleasant things to say about the team’s best player, center fielder Matt Kemp: “Some guys, I guess, think that they’re better than they are. They think the opposition’s just […]

Hello there, Francisco Liriano

In 96 pitches over seven innings, Francisco Liriano limited the Red Sox to four hits and two walks, striking out eight. Those numbers dovetail perfectly with his observed stuff. Thanks to the glorious dead-center camera angle utilized by Fox Sports North, the movement on Liriano’s fastball was readily noticeable. Using MLB’s Gameday tool, let’s take […]

Royals LHP prospect Danny Duffy walks away from baseball.

Danny Duffy, the Royals’ #8 prospect (according to Baseball America), has walked away from baseball. According to Royals Prospects’ Greg Schaum, Duffy’s passion for the game has waned and he intends to return to school. While Duffy will certainly draw immediate comparisons to Grant Desme, the A’s prospect who quit the game earlier this winter, […]