Hamels’ shoulder injury

The Phillies announced yesterday that Cole Hamels will miss his next scheduled start with shoulder inflammation. Hamels himself does not consider it to be serious, though you always have to hold your breath about shoulder injuries. The Phillies were concerned about Hamels’ recent loss of velocity, so they decided to send him for an MRI. […]

Three starters get their feet wet

We saw three major league debuts in pitching rotations on Wednesday. Despite good stuff, the results were unspectacular. Let’s start with Angels rookie Garrett Richards… Garrett Richards 5 innings, 6 hits, 6 runs, 2 walks passes, 2 strikeouts, loss Richards is 23 years old and came straight up from Double-A. His strikeout rate dipped to […]

A new approach for Strasburg?

Stephen Strasburg will make his first rehab start on Sunday, less than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. A Buster Olney ESPN Insider piece from Friday morning reports that Strasburg is willing to make changes, including some adjustments to his rehab that focus on upper-body strength. Olney also said that Strasburg will change his […]

Joel Hanrahan: Different, but the same?

Over the past week or so, the Pirates have cooled off. They now stand five-and-a-half games back in the NL Central after being right at the top for much of July. However, they’re still in the race, and surely they’re exceeding almost everybody’s expectations. Today, let’so focus on the Pirates’ All-Star closer, Joel Hanrahan, who […]

Torres’ tough debut

The Rays showcased another one of their top young players on Monday, as they called up left-handed pitcher Alexander Torres for their game against the Yankees. Torres was ranked by Baseball America as the Rays’ sixth-best prospect in a list headlined by fellow hurlers Jeremy Hellickson and Matt Moore. After Alex Cobb, a rookie in […]

Hughes struggles, but don’t be too concerned

Phil Hughes made his much-awaited (if you’re a Yankees fan) return from the DL on Wednesday. He had been on the shelf with a dead arm since April 15. His line was certainly not anything to get too excited over: In five innings, Hughes allowed two runs on six hits while issuing four free passes […]

Pitching to zones, part three: 2011 observations

My last two posts here have been dedicated to the location of pitches to different regions of the strike zone. Today, I’d like to see where some pitchers (minimum 150 pitches) are locating in 2011 (refer back to last week’s post for some league averages). First, a common spot for put-away breaking balls: Low and […]

What Drabek has shown so far

Kyle Drabek has now thrown six starts in the big leagues—three in 2011 and three in 2010 after his September call-up. While 36 innings (actually, a little bit less) isn’t a ton to go off of, it’s enough to know that Drabek has great stuff. What’s more, Drabek is mixing his pitches much differently this […]

Chatwood’s debut

21-year-old Tyler Chatwood made his major league debut for the Angels on Monday night, throwing five innings in a loss against the Indians. The 74th overall pick of the 2008 draft, who was ranked by Baseball America in February as the 76th best prospect in the majors, allowed four runs in his debut, walking four […]

Hellickson’s pitches against the Angels

On Wednesday afternoon, Jeremy Hellickson made his season debut against the Angels. His outing was far from flawless, as he wound up allowing three runs (one let in by reliever Adam Russell) on six hits and two walks in 5 2/3 innings. However, he did strike out ten hitters. Of his 99 pitches, 20 of […]