Philadelphia Phillies

Riley Stovka - Jun 6, 2022

The Philadelphia Phillies have fired Joe Girardi. After an unimpressive 23-29 start, the Phillies have decided to cut ties with Girardi after two seasons with the team. Bench coach Rob Thomson, Girardi’s longtime bench coach, will take over as interim manager for the rest of the season. The Phillies have relieved Joe Girardi of his […]

Young MLB stars
Matt Graves - Apr 8, 2022

Young MLB stars are ready to make an impact. Bobby Witt Jr., the top prospect in baseball, came up huge to help the Kansas City Royals defeat the Cleveland Guardians 3-1. Witt Jr. was hitless in his first three at-bats; he hit a double to deep left field to score Michael Taylor. Andrew Benintendi drove in it Witt […]

Pirates Phillies
Justin Merrlles - Mar 4, 2022

Pittsburgh Pirates 4, Philadelphia Phillies 1 (This game was the result of a simulation done through What If Sports. It matched the Philadelphia Phillies All-Time Team against the Pittsburgh Pirates All-Time Team. This game did not actually happen.)   Steve Carlton threw seven strong innings, but it wasn’t enough for the visiting Philadelphia Phillies. The Pittsburgh Pirates […]

Dan Jaycox - Feb 22, 2022

One of the oldest franchises in baseball history, the Philadelphia Phillies started in 1883 as the Philadelphia Quakers. During that time, they have secured seven pennants and won two championships. Certainly, over their 139-year history, they have fielded some of the greatest players to ever play the game. As we continue our All-Time team tournament, […]

Caleb Begley - Feb 14, 2022

Sometimes, comebacks are built upon a roller coaster, twisting and turning until one can no longer feel one’s constitution. Then, there are the times when comebacks are created from a single event, pushing a team further along the path to victory. Whether they be formed from singularities or pluralities, comebacks all have the common denominator […]

Nick Castellanos
Braden Herb - Feb 7, 2022

The remaining free agents will be signed in a big spending spree whenever the MLB lockout is over. Nick Castellanos is one of the best bats and is still looking for a contract. Castellanos is looking for a big deal after opting out of his contract with the Cincinnati Reds. The All-Star is coming off […]

Kenley Jansen
Matt Graves - Feb 7, 2022

Kenley Jansen is coming off one of the best seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 2021, Jansen was the best closer in the NL, earning 38 saves with a 2.22 ERA in 69 appearances. Before his strong campaign, Jansen struggled. He’s never had an ERA higher than 3.70, and his 350 saves rank him […]

2021 MVP Finalists

Why the 2021 MVP Finalists Truly Were the Most Valuable MLB Network announced the awards finalists — the top three vote-getters in each league’s award category — Monday night. Each announcement provoked passionate discussion. The Most Valuable Player (MVP) finalists, heavily discussed every year, provoked unusually intense discussion. Most surprising (to some) is that none […]

Harper Soto Tatis Jr.
Brady Albert - Nov 9, 2021

For the first time since 2015, all three NL MVP finalists were eliminated from playoff contention. Bryce Harper, Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr. were the leading vote getters, all of whose teams had a disappointing 2021. There is a case to be made for each, with pros and cons to each candidate. Bryce Harper I’ll […]

Caleb Begley - Sep 18, 2021

A baseball field tells many stories, but none are greater than that of the comeback. Lush tales of terrific fortitude and grit surround many of the sport’s great palaces. Ironically enough, many of the greatest examples sit buried under piles of rubble and soot. Their homes long since demolished, we have only the words passed […]

Diamondbacks Phillies

Diamondbacks 4, Phillies 2 PHOENIX, Aug. 18 — Humberto Castellanos pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing one run on three hits and two walks, as the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the Philadelphia Phillies, 4–2, Wednesday night. Castellanos also went 2-for-2 with an RBI in the victory, but the story of the evening happened in the middle of […]

Archie Bradley

PHOENIX, Aug. 17 — When arriving at Chase Field for the first game of three between the Arizona Diamondbacks and the Philadelphia Phillies, a familiar beard was in right field. The owner of the beard, however, was wearing grey pants with a red and white stripe down the legs. Plus, he was in the visiting […]

Diamondbacks Phillies

Diamondbacks 3, Phillies 2 PHOENIX, Aug. 17 — Shortstop Josh Rojas went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI, and second baseman Josh VanMeter hit a key sixth-inning home run to lead the Arizona Diamondbacks past the Philadelphia Phillies, 3–2, Tuesday night. Phillies Take Early Lead, Diamondbacks Even It Up The game had a quiet […]

Mike Shildt

Ejection Inspection, Week Eight: Mike Shildt Dumped after Pitcher Is Asked to Change His Hat Welcome to Week Eight of Ejection Inspection! The premise and ground rules are detailed here. The condensed version: each ejection from the previous week (Thursday through Wednesday) is listed in a table. The author – a former player/coach/umpire – analyzes […]

Royals Ejected

Three Kansas City Royals Ejected after Epic Meltdown Welcome to Week Five of Ejection Inspection! The premise and ground rules are detailed here. The condensed version: each ejection from the previous week (Thursday through Wednesday) is listed in a table. The author – a former player/coach/umpire – analyzes each ejection and assigns it an entertainment […]

National League East
Caleb Begley - May 2, 2021

Before this season began, many in the baseball world had high hopes for the National League East. It was considered to be one of the most competitive divisions in the game. One part of that remains true, as the division is only separated by a game and a half. However, those high hopes have quickly […]

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Padres Diamondbacks

Padres 4, Diamondbacks 0 PHOENIX, Jun 29 — Mike Clevinger and Nick Martinez combined to pitch a three-hit, two-walk shutout, leading the San Diego Padres to a 4–0 victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Wednesday afternoon. Second baseman Jake Cronenworth went 3-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI to lead the Padres offense to victory. The […]

Freddie Freeman agent
Lewis Masella - May 2, 2021

A new wrinkle has come to light in the Freddie Freeman agent saga. Freeman recently fired his agent, Casey Close, following an emotional weekend series in Atlanta. On Wednesday, we got a possible look into why he did so. According to Doug Gottlieb of Fox Sports Radio, Close withheld the terms of the Atlanta Braves‘ […]

Wes Johnson
Jim Marshall - May 2, 2021

Wes Johnson is leaving the Minnesota Twins. This is a surprising move, and his final game as the Twins’ pitching coach will be on Thursday against the Cleveland Guardians. Johnson just accepted the pitching coach job with the LSU Tigers. He starts immediately. One of the Better Coaches Johnson is seen as one of the […]

Diamondbacks Padres

Diamondbacks 7, Padres 6 PHOENIX, Jun 28 — Down 6–0 going into the bottom of the seventh, the Arizona Diamondbacks rallied for seven runs over a strange final three innings to defeat the San Diego Padres, 7–6, Tuesday night. Third baseman Josh Rojas, designated hitter Ketel Marte, and shortstop Jake Hager each had two hits […]

Lewis Masella - May 2, 2021

This past weekend did not go as planned for the Cleveland Guardians. They entered their series against the Boston Red Sox riding high, having won 15 of 19 games in June. Unfortunately, Cleveland’s luck shifted against the Sox, as they fell victim to a three-game sweep. Even so, the Guardians have exceeded expectations so far. […]

Alek Thomas
Jim Marshall - May 2, 2021

Alek Thomas is here to stay with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Since his call up on May 8th, he’s been one of the few rookies who has come in and lived up to expectations right away. He is showcasing his skills both offensively and defensively. Since Call-Up Alek Thomas certainly looks like he belongs in the […]

Scoreless Outing

Scoreless Outing Percentage and Goose Eggs, 2022 Presenting the full list of Scoreless Outing Percentage (ScOtg%), Goose Eggs (GE), and related statistics for 2022. Statistics run through the end of play on June 28. These statistics aim to further measure effectiveness of relief pitchers. Scoreless Outing Percentage, which first appeared in this piece, is based […]

Astros Yankees series
Braden Herb - May 2, 2021

This past week in Major League Baseball was perhaps the most eventful week of the season. From Freddie Freeman’s emotional homecoming to Atlanta, to a big Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels brawl. However, the most exciting series of the week was the four game set between the Houston Astros and the New York Yankees. […]