By James Bailey Finally, Opening Day is here. Okay, technically it was here last night, but one game doesn’t really count, at least now that we’ve moved beyond the tradition of Cincinnati kicking the season off. And unlike Sunday’s late-night affair, we’ve got day baseball today. As you immerse yourself in real games that count, [...]
By Thom Henninger Sixteen wins may not sound like a ticket to Cy Young honors, but the baseball writers got it right when they gave Kansas City ace Zack Greinke the American League award. The 26-year-old right-hander was 16-8 for the last-place Royals, who lost 97 games and shared the AL Central cellar with Cleveland. [...]
By Jeff Parker Ignoring wins it’s hard to make a case for anyone other than Zack Greinke to win the AL Cy Young Award. Greinke, who took his eighth no-decision Friday night despite allowing only one run in seven innings against the Indians, leads the league in ERA, ERA+, WHIP, HR/9, and shutouts. He’s second [...]
By Thom Henninger On Wednesday night at Comerica Park, Detroit ace Justin Verlander was looking to tie Boston right-hander Josh Beckett and Yankees lefty CC Sabathia for the most wins among American League pitchers.
By Elizabeth Finn As far as baseball is concerned, injuries are relatively cut-and-dried. With the possible exception of Rocco Baldelli, the average athlete can expect one of three outcomes after a diagnosis: play through the pain until recovered, rehab until recovered, or retire. Though unfortunate, strains, tears, and the occasional femur fracture are part of [...]
By Jeff Parker As Zack Greinke continues to make history with every start I decided to compare him to the top 5 single season performers in ERA+ over the last thirty years. Not surprisingly all of them started off strong and kept it up all season long.
By James Bailey You wouldn’t know it by the first few pitchers taken in the 2002 draft, but that was a pretty good year for pitching. Eight of Friday’s starting pitchers were selected that June, including the hottest pitcher in the game today, Royals righthander Zack Greinke. The No. 6 pick in the first round [...]
By Bill Begley If he continues to lock down hitters like third-graders suspected of having swine flu, it will become necessary to measure Zack Greinke’s “Bird” factor for the Royals. And really, even that is a bit of a misnomer. When the late, great Mark Fidrych revived a moribund city of Detroit with a magical [...]
By Bill Begley Welcome to a new weekly feature – 3 Up and 3 Down. Each week we’ll take a look at three players or teams on the rise – three up – and three players or teams struggling – three down. This is not necessarily the three most “hot” and three most “not” but [...]
By Steven Lourie Every year we have breakout players. Baseball would be boring without that, as everything would be exactly the same every year. Still, for every breakout star, there are at least two who cool off and turn back into the same player they were before. Which of the hot starts this year are [...]