Philadelphia Phillies

Riley Stovka - May 17, 2022

Things do not look good in the city of brotherly love. The Philadelphia Phillies, who once again spent big this past offseason on free-agent outfielders Nick Castellanos and Kyle Schwarber, find themselves below .500, and 5.5 games behind the division-leading New York Mets. The Phils have slowly clawed their way back up the standings and […]


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, […]

Comebacks
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 […]

Joe Girardi

Joe Girardi Goes Nuts after Two Phillies Get Plunked but Both Teams Get Warned Welcome to Week Four 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 […]

Previewing the Philadelphia Phillies
Steve Wynocker - Mar 29, 2021

The 2021 MLB season is nearly upon us and it’s time to see how the Philadelphia Phillies are shaping up. Is this the squad that can end the nine-year playoff drought? Let’s see how the players and schedule lineup when the calendar flips to April. Best Division In Baseball There isn’t much debate about which […]



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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 May 26. These statistics aim to further measure effectiveness of relief pitchers. Scoreless Outing Percentage, which first appeared in this piece, is based […]

Dodgers Diamondbacks

Dodgers 14, Diamondbacks 1 PHOENIX, May 26 — The Los Angeles Dodgers smacked 24 hits en route to a 14–1 blowout victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks Thursday night. This hit output tied the Diamondbacks franchise record for most hits allowed, set September 2, 2002, against the Dodgers in a 19–1 loss. That game was famous […]

Reds rookie pitcher
Jim Marshall - May 17, 2022

The Cincinnati Reds‘ rookie pitcher Alexis Díaz is giving the fans something to cheer about. Their team currently has the worst record in baseball, which now sits at 14–30. However, he is proving to be reliable and appears to have earned the confidence and trust of manager David Bell. Never a Top Prospect Cincinnati Reds […]

Anthony Walsh - May 17, 2022

Ray Liotta, known for his iconic movie roles, passed away earlier today at 67 in the Dominican Republic. Ray appeared in one of the most popular baseball movies ever made, ‘Field of Dreams’. In the movie, the 1919 White Sox along with many other baseball legends come out from cornfields in Iowa to play baseball […]

Mike Ursery - May 17, 2022

Joe Musgrove will need a new contract after the 2022 MLB season. Keeping him in his current locale may not be all that easy for the San Diego Padres.  The seventh-year pitcher had yet another quality start over the weekend, pitching seven shutout innings in a 2-1 Padres win over the San Francisco Giants. Musgrove’s […]

Braden Herb - May 17, 2022

Going into the 2022 season, expectations for Jeremy Pena were very high. Those inside the Houston Astros organization were excited about the young prospect. Hopes were high for Pena, and they had to be, given that the team was content with letting Carlos Correa leave in free agency. Correa is one of the most revered […]

Rays Closer Committee
Jim Marshall - May 17, 2022

The Tampa Bay Rays‘ closer committee (bullpen-by-committee) is once again proving to be top notch. It is one of the things keeping this team in the race for a playoff spot. Also, the closer-by-committee they are using is once again proving naysayers wrong, as it shows they have mastered this strategy to their advantage. What […]

Pignatano's Passing
Joe Rini - May 17, 2022

Joe Pignatano’s passing caused a moment of reflection for  New York baseball fans. Nurturer of tomato plants and relief pitchers for the New York Mets, he passed away on May 23 in Naples, Florida. He was 92 years old. A veteran of six major league seasons, this former catcher coached for 20 years in the […]