“Bautista with a drive, deep left field, no doubt about it!” Independently, those eleven magical words don’t add much value, though when collectively exclaimed from the voice of Kenny Albert they evoke an unparalleled escape… Read more »
Posts by Ben Suissa
Ben Suissa and Mark Sands join Ryan Sullivan to talk about the Toronto Blue Jays, San Diego Padres, Dexter Fowler, Ian Desmond, and baseball Steph Curry.
Billy’s Dad: Tell me, why Billy? What is it that makes him special? Scout #1: It’s very rare that you come upon a young man like Billy — who can run, who can field, who can throw,… Read more »
If you dare venture onto Brock Holt’s MLB.com player page, his title reads “Brock Holt, #26, 3B.” Whether or not MLB.com prefers to simplify positionality, anyone who knows of Brock Holt knows that he is… Read more »
It’s the bottom of the 7th inning, and with two outs, Brandon Phillips has just singled home a run off Cardinals’ righty Matt Belisle. With the score now 4-3 for the Reds, trivially, Mike Matheny,… Read more »
When pitchers age, they lose velocity. Slowly but surely, the miles per hour shrink smaller and smaller, and the strikeouts follow suit. This is inevitable for not only major league pitchers like Yovani Gallardo, for… Read more »
When evaluating baseball players, we tend to look at a variety of statistics which encompass different elements of the game. We care about how a player performs at the plate, how a player performs in… Read more »
The Padres acquired a lot of talent and kept a lot of young talent. They added some depth in areas where they had been minimal. They have a near replacement level infield, which they did not improve at all (sorry Will Middlebrooks). But most of all, they really do not have a prototypical leadoff hitter.
I’m going to go out on a limb and say that home runs are your favorite part of baseball. Well, at the very least, one of your favourite single occurrences during a game. Do not… Read more »
As it stands, we are still more than two weeks away from pitchers and catchers reporting for Spring Training. The bulk of the notable free agents have been signed (knock on wood, James Shields). Arbitration… Read more »
The Phillies traded their franchise hits leader Jimmy Rollins to the Dodgers. They traded their best source of power, Marlon Byrd, to the Reds. Nobody is giving more than a laundry machine for Ryan Howard, so Ruben Amaro Jr. is currently eating that huge contract. However, Cole Hamels is still on the Phillies’ roster.
“The Jays have their Rogers ‘homer’ Centre, the Yankees have a little-league-calibre right field porch, Camden Yards in Baltimore also helps run scoring, as does Fenway Park’s 37-foot high, 231-foot long Green Monster. So, for example, when we hear Rick Porcello is headed to Boston, that only means trouble, right?”
“Although the 2015 season is still months away, it doesn’t hurt to look ahead, or in a sense look back. In this instance, I wanted to throw some red flags on players who may have been fortunate in 2014.”
“Surely the Royals would not be upset in recreating the roster that was responsible for them winning the pennant. If I were the GM, I would not have spent $30 million on Billy Butler. On the other hand, I can potentially make a trade with the Boston Red Sox, for, who we will call for now, Billy Butler Light.”