How good has Mike Napoli’s World Series been?

With the World Series having shifted to St. Louis for good, we won’t be able to hear the catchy “Na-Po-Li!” chant echo throughout Arlington anymore. However, Texas’ catcher will still be heard and felt in a big way for the rest of the series and will likely be named series MVP if the Rangers close […]

Struggling Wilson faces Game Five pressure

With the World Series now tied at two games apiece after Derek Holland‘s near-complete game gem, the Series shifts to a crucial Game Five between the two teams’ nominal aces. While Chris Carpenter has lived up to that name so far in the postseason, especially in his complete game shutout of Philadelphia in the deciding […]

Offensive surge gives Cardinals NL pennant

The St. Louis Cardinals are in the World Series for the third time in eight years after an offensive explosion propelled the Redbirds to a six-game series win over heated rival Milwaukee. St. Louis scored 43 runs over the six games, including a dozen in a 12-6 win on Sunday night. The Cardinals offense improved […]

LCS thoughts & theories 10/11

Bullpen battle taken by Texas After Texas starter Derek Holland was pulled with two outs in the third inning of Monday’s ALCS game two, Rangers manager Ron Washington had to put his bullpen into action way earlier than he ever would have anticipated. Then the game went into extra innings, and the Rangers relief corps […]

Brewers score big for Greinke

After Milwaukee’s 9-6 win over archrival St. Louis in Sunday’s Game One of the NLCS, Zack Greinke claimed another win at home for the Brewers. In fact, when Greinke has started at home, the Brewers are a remarkable 17-0. Greinke, including the postseason, is 12-0 with a 3.68 ERA in his 17 starts (43 earned […]

The Division Series, last night and tonight

Many Detroit players were key contributors in the team’s ALDS upset of the Yankees, but two players acquired during the season by GM Dave Dombrowski, Doug Fister and Delmon Young, played key roles throughout the series, especially in the decisive game five. Delmon Young PA Slash Line HR RBI R XBH With Twins 325 .266/.305/.357 […]

Division Series thoughts, 10/6

It appears that some things hold true no matter the sample size. During the regular season, the Arizona Diamondbacks scored 400 runs at home, the second-highest total in the National League behind only Colorado. Away from the Chase Field aircraft carrier, Arizona scored just 331 runs, ninth in the Senior Circuit. Through four games of […]

Division series preview 10/4/11

With their close wins on Monday, Texas and Detroit have taken control of their respective American League series. To stave off elimination, Tampa Bay will send Jeremy Hellickson to the hill against formidable lefty Matt Harrison. Harrison’s 2.99 ERA this season away from Arlington makes him a worthy adversary for players like Desmond Jennings, whose […]

Hitters to watch in the final regular-season series

The final regular-season series begin on Monday with both Wild Card spots very much up for grabs. Boston and Atlanta each hold one-game advantages over Tampa Bay and St. Louis, respectively, with three games left to play. For these four clubs, the playoffs started a couple of weeks ago, but this three-game stretch will ultimately […]

Offenses dramatically impacting NL Wild Card race

On Sept. 1, the Braves led the Cardinals by eight and a half games (nine in the loss column) and the Giants by nine and a half (10 in the loss column). Exactly three weeks later, that lead has decreased to one and a half games over St. Louis (one in the loss column) and […]

Comparing Curtis Granderson

After his 41st home run on Monday afternoon in a 6-4 win over Minnesota, Yankees slugger Curtis Granderson has seemingly furthered his case for the American League MVP award. However, sabermetricians and the stats of past prolific Yankees home run hitters over the 21st century would show that Granderson is not worthy of the award. […]

Revisiting the Napoli-Wells three-way trade

After Rangers catcher/first baseman Mike Napoli collected two more hits to raise his average to .312, it brought me back to what turned out to be a relatively lopsided three-way trade. The original purpose of the deal was for Toronto to get rid of Vernon Wells‘ contract, sending him to the Angels for Napoli and […]

Tigers hitting also contributing to second half surge

If you’ve been paying attention to baseball over the last month, you know the Detroit Tigers are currently on an 11-game winning streak and have gradually emerged as the American League’s most dangerous team going into the postseason. A lot of that has to do with the improvement of its pitching staff. Its 4.27 ERA […]

How the Wild Card race got interesting

After a long regular season with the best teams separating themselves from the rest of their respective leagues, the September Wild Card races have gotten too interesting for fans of the Red Sox Nation. Tampa Bay swept the Red Sox with relative ease this past weekend and DH David Ortiz said, in a refreshingly honest […]