The pitching staff no one should want to face in the playoffs
The Braves and Dodgers are the NLCS favorites, having already locked up their respective divisions. The Phillies are poised to return to the playoffs after making the World Series a year ago. And the rest of the NL Wild Card race is, well, wild, with five teams (six, if you...
How the Rays' bullpen went from worst to one of the best ever
As the Rays were getting off to a blisteringly hot start – 13-0 at first, and then 23-6 through April and 40-18 through May – something odd was happening, a concerning undercurrent that was easily obscured by the team’s otherwise sparkling performance. Though it wasn’t allowing many runs, Tampa Bay’s...
J-Rod's new dimension powering MVP push
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Center field at T-Mobile Park is the J-Rod No Fly Zone. But right field? That's the J-Rod...
The statistical absurdity – and brilliance – of Snell's '23 season
When MLB.com's Mike Petriello examined the complicated 2023 NL Cy Young Award race, it was the Padres' Blake Snell who threw the biggest wrench in how to evaluate this year's group of NL pitchers.
The 30-year-old lefty is wrapping up one of the most bizarrely dominant and statistically extreme seasons...
These 10 players are running wild in 2023
We're almost at the end of the 2023 regular season, and we can now say for sure: The stolen base is back.
With the new rules encouraging base-stealing, a whole lot of players are checking off stolen-base milestones like they never have before. Let's take a look at the biggest...
10 ways to view a complicated NL Cy Young race
Last year, the NL Cy Young Award went unanimously to Miami’s Sandy Alcantara. It’s safe to say: That won’t be happening again. Not for Alcantara, out with an arm injury after a disappointing season, and certainly not unanimously, because this year’s race looks like it might be one of the...
Birthday homers, Statcast standouts among 10 wild stats from the week
Here’s our weekly look at 10 mind-blowing notes from the last week in baseball (September 8-14).
Birthdays are important, part one: On his 40th birthday on Sunday, Joey Votto had the farthest-hit ball across MLB. He became the ninth player since 1900 to homer on his birthday at age 40...
The breakout pitcher on the best team in the American League
When looking for reasons why the Orioles have broken out with an AL-leading 91 wins this season, the options are plentiful.
They have a plethora of young studs that include but are not limited to Adley Rutschman, Gunnar Henderson and Grayson Rodriguez. Even without Félix Bautista following his UCL injury,...
Every team's hardest-hit home run
Baseball has always been a simple game. You throw the ball hard. You hit the ball hard. And sometimes, the ball is hit with such force that you can’t help but ask yourself, “Just how hard was that thing hit?!”
Thanks to Statcast, we now know the exit velocity of...
The best start to an MLB career ever is happening right now
Davis Schneider is off to the greatest start in Major League history.
This is not hyperbole, though it’s also that. It’s just that after 25 games and 102 plate appearances with the Blue Jays, entering Wednesday night's key matchup with the Rangers, Schneider is hitting .370/.500/.815, which is a 1.315...