By Thom Henninger For a hitter, getting ahead in the count provides an opportunity to look for a certain pitch or to narrow the strike zone and look for a pitch in a certain location. Theoretically, the best counts for a power-hitter are 2-0 and 3-1. So, do today’s sluggers tee off most frequently when [...]
By Jeremy Tiermini Abbott and Costello famously asked “Who’s on first?” For the 2010 fantasy baseball season the answer is EVERYONE. First base is an exceptionally deep position this season; when I took a first look at the players I counted at least 20 1B-eligible players that could hit 30 HR this season. Mixed league [...]
By Thom Henninger This week’s MVP winners have extremely impressive resumes. Minnesota’s Joe Mauer became the first American League catcher to win a batting title in 2006, his second full season in the majors. He claimed his third title in four seasons in 2009, and now has added an MVP award to his trophy case.
By James Bailey What do you say to a writer who leaves the league RBI co-leader off his MVP ballot? What if the player also finished second in home runs, slugging percentage, and OPS, batted nearly .300 and got on base at better than a .400 clip?
By James Bailey The near-unanimous consensus among observers is that Albert Pujols already has his third NL MVP award sewn up. The Cardinals all-world first baseman is hitting .317 with 40 homers, 99 runs scored, and 107 RBIs. He leads the NL with 127 runs created and has his club in first place in the [...]
By James Bailey Anyone who dares to make predictions before the season needs to be willing to laugh later when they go awry. Back in March when we launched this site, we put together a panel to forecast what the 2009 season held in store. Halfway through the season the results are mixed. The picks [...]
By Thom Henninger The game’s best hitter in June was Albert Pujols. The Cardinals star led the majors in both home runs (14) and RBIs (35) last month, when he slugged .856 in 29 games — a mark that was 111 points higher than any other big league regular.
By Thom Henninger There wouldn’t seem to be much intrigue to a 3-0 count. Most players don’t offer at the next pitch, and those who have a green light aren’t like to take a cut unless it’s in their preferred hitting zone. Throwing a strike, yet keeping it out of a hitter’s wheelhouse, is the [...]
By Bill Begley When Albert Pujols returns home for a visit, it usually means a celebration that includes fireworks … by Pujols. And honestly, the Royals would probably celebrate if the St. Louis slugger never returned to the town where he went to high school.
By Bill Begley It’s not just hitting – it’s timely hitting that matters. Just ask the Chicago White Sox. The Sox have lost five of their last six games, including Sunday’s 8-4 loss to the Indians. But, at least Chicago scored. It was shut out in three of those five losses, and is 2-for-39 with [...]