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 For fantasy purposes third base is a position with plenty of big names but with minimal depth. Overall, the position is loaded with power bats, with a few speedsters mixed in. One word of caution: if a run on these power 3B starts, make sure that you are in on it. After [...]
By Thom Henninger A year ago, the Philadelphia Phillies returned home after splitting the first two games of the World Series with the Tampa Bay Rays. The Phillies scratched for a run in the bottom of the ninth to claim a one-run victory in Game 3, then won two more at home to win a [...]
By Elizabeth Finn Baseball players are a superstitious lot. Possibly the most wood-knocking, facial hair-growing, dirty sock-wearing breed of athlete, the boys of summer will try just about anything to avoid a slump. Some traditions are timeless–how often does a player’s cleat actually touch the foul lines?–while some are byproducts of modern times, such as [...]
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 James Bailey The first-place Brewers took a blow this week when second baseman Rickie Weeks was suddenly erased from the lineup by a wrist injury. “Out for the season” is the pessimistic forecast, and even if he’s able to beat that and come back for the tail end of the year, there’s no doubt [...]
By Pete Sabatini Alex Rodriguez made his first smart comment to the press on a budding revitalization of one of his most troublesome scandals on Thursday with the backing of his skipper. Now Alex is poised to make his return to the big league club and his timing couldn’t be any better.
By Bill Begley Sometimes, it’s just too hard to choose. Kind of like a kid with a key to the candy store – or, better, a key to the dressing room at an SI swimsuit shoot – there are just too many good angles, too many interesting stories, too many tasty tidbits to resist. And, [...]
By Bill Begley Alex Rodriguez says he doesn’t want the names released of the other 103 players who tested positive for steroids during Major League Baseball’s 2003 survey program. Join the club. In typical fashion, A-Rod — or, as he’s often referred to by those clever headline writers in New York, “A-Fraud” — has selfish [...]