Pitchers’ duels a-plenty

As I write this, it’s 1 AM, meaning I should be asleep. Of course I’m not — I’m up looking at box scores. And we had some good ones Tuesday. 20-year-old Royals phenom Zack Grienke had the best game of his young career, pitching seven 3-hit, shutout innings against Montreal to win his first MLB […]

Shox to Sox

After snagging Tommy Hottovy in the 4th round yesterday, the Red Sox grabbed another Shocker today, picking first baseman Logan Sorensen in the 19th round. Most of you probably don’t know much about Sorensen, and I know there are a lot of Red Sox fans out there, and of course I’m a huge Shocker and […]

Hottovy to the Red Sox

The Red Sox chose WSU lefty Tommy Hottovy in the 4th round of the draft today (125th overall pick). Last night I sent Bill James an email hyping Hottovy, and Bill wrote back that the Sox had already zeroed in on him. Boston’s scouting director is David Chadd, who is actually from Wichita (WSU pitching […]


Wichita State lost two dramatic games to Arkansas (the first one ridiculously dramatic), eliminating them from NCAA tournament play. It was a great season for WSU, and I’m obviously sad to see it end. A bunch of good position players will be gone — Drew Moffitt, Logan Sorensen, Nick Blasi, Brandon Green, Shawn Smarsh — […]

Shockers win a thriller

My dad drove up from Wichita to go to the Royals-Red Sox game with me tonight. Lawrence (my town) is on the way from Wichita to Kansas City, so my dad came through to pick me up. Trouble was, Wichita State was playing a crucial NCAA tourney game against Arkansas (at Arkansas, one of the […]

Pelfrey K’s 14

Wichita State sophomore ace Mike Pelfrey pitched a gem today in the first game of the NCAA Regionals, beating Missouri 3-0. He pitched 8.2 shutout innings, struck out 14, and allowed just 4 hits. The win runs Pelfrey’s 2004 record to 11-2, with a 2.18 ERA, 125 strikeouts, and 24 walks in 115.1 innings. Postscript: […]

Jacobsen hits 2 HR

Bucky Jacobsen, the 28-year-old Triple-A DH/1B in the Mariners organization, had his third multi-homer game of the season yesterday. He’s now hitting .314/.400/.645 with 17 2B, 13 HR, and 49 RBI in 44 games. Meanwhile, big-league DH Edgar Martinez is hitting just .253/.333/.397, and 1B John Olerud is at .267/.382/.360. Outside of pinch-hitter Dave Hansen, […]

Henri Stanley update

Well, my boy Henri Stanley has yet to start hitting for Pawtucket. He’s proven he can hit, but since joining the Red Sox organization, Stanley has batted just .205/.239/.295 in 44 AB. While we’re on the subject of my favorite players, Padres manager Bruce Bochy has given Jon Knott only three at-bats so far. Knott […]

Shockers win conference tourney

Wichita State came out of the loser’s bracket to win the MVC tournament, beating Southern Illinois twice Saturday. The win puts the Shockers in a good position to be awarded an NCAA regional (sites and brackets will be announced today on ESPN). WSU’s Drew Moffitt, who had 3 homers and 10 RBI on Friday, plus […]

Padres call up Knott

In my column on Thursday, one of the guys I talked about was Jon Knott, an outfielder in the Padres system. Well, yesterday the Padres promoted Knott to the big-league club. I’m a Dodgers fan, so Knott’s success could hurt my team’s playoff chances, but I’m still rooting hard for him. Keep an eye on […]

Moffitt drives in 10

Wichita State slugger Drew Moffitt had the game of a lifetime today, with 3 home runs and a school-record 10 RBI. The Shockers beat Southwest Missouri State 15-1, and they’ll face Southern Illinois tomorrow for the MVC tournament championship. WSU probably needs to win the tournament to be awarded a regional in the NCAA tourney. […]

Hottovy saves the day

On Wednesday, Wichita State’s Mike Pelfrey had his worst start in recent memory, giving up six runs in a loss to Evansville. That was in the first round of the double-elimination Missouri Valley Conference tournament — a tourney the Shockers need to win if they want to host an NCAA regional. Yesterday, Tommy Hottovy took […]

Misplaced Magic

The KC Star’s Joe Posnanski was quite possibly the most optimistic person in the world when it came to the Royals’ chances this spring. Hell, he got me fired up about the R’s, and I predicted them to win the AL Central. Of course, two months later that pick looks pretty dumb. Kansas City’s got […]

Nate Robertson???

Earlier today, Robert Dudek reported here the leaders in strikeout percentage for the AL and NL. Most of the lists included the guys you’d expect, but the very first name floored me — heading into today, Tigers southpaw Nate Robertson led the entire American League in strikeout percentage, and by a decent margin. He’s pitching […]

A gem for Hottovy

If you read THT Live often, you know that I’m pretty high on Wichita State senior lefty Tommy Hottovy. Hottovy was exclusively a reliever in his NCAA career until last weekend, when he looked great in his first career start. Tonight, though, he was even better: a 7-inning complete game victory, with just one run […]

Born and Bred

Being a third-generation Dodgers fan myself, this article by Eric Neel really struck a chord with me. He says of his grandfather, “They were his Dodgers before they were mine.” Same here. My grandfather Sam was a fan from the Brooklyn days, and he (with some help from Koufax) taught my dad the ways of […]

Pelfrey throws 124 pitches

Wichita State ran its record to 40-13 tonight against Evansville, and sophomore ace Mike Pelfrey ran his record to 10-1. Pelfrey wasn’t at the top of his game tonight, though. In 7 2/3 innings, he gave up 3 runs on 11 hits. On the bright side, he struck out 7 while walking none, giving him […]