First Pitch

This all started as something of a dream last winter. I had recently been let go (OK, let’s call it what it was – I was fired) from my software sales job. I guess it was obvious to them that baseball was my primary focus ALL OF THE TIME. The season was over, but I was already laying the foundation for the 2013 SP Guide.

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Who Would Throw in the Wildcard Game – Oak/Sea

We are now just 10 days from the season’s conclusion and while we’ve seen Baltimore and Los Angeles celebrate their division titles, there is still plenty up in the air for the American League playoff picture. I’ve already covered the Tigers and Royals, but even that has changed a bit as the Tigers altered their…

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Who Would Throw in the Wildcard Game – Kansas City

With just two weeks left in the regular season, there are seven potential American League teams that could wind up in the one-game wildcard on September 30th. This basically includes every AL contender that isn’t Baltimore or Los Angeles. Both of those teams should feel quite secure with their standing in their division. It would…

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Who Would Throw in the Wildcard Game – Detroit Tigers

With just two weeks left in the regular season, there are seven potential American League teams that could wind up in the one-game wildcard on September 30th. This basically includes every AL contender that isn’t Baltimore or Los Angeles. Both of those teams should feel quite secure with their standing in their division. It would…

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Aces v. Sluggers

By Jared Harris The other day, Clayton Kershaw and Bryce Harper had a showdown for the ages, and it was part of what is sure to be one of the marquee pitcher/hitter match-ups for the next several years. In this particular instance, Kershaw earned the win (his 17th of the season), but it was the…

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ModPod Episode 1 – Odorizzi v. Tillman

It’s the debut episode of my new podcast! The ModPod dives into a pair of starters squaring off that night, covering their strengths and weaknesses and how those might apply to their opponent. The first try takes a look at Jake Odorizzi heading into Baltimore to face Chris Tillman and the Orioles. I’m *very* interested in your feedback, whether on Twitter (@sporer), via email, or even here in the comments.

The show isn’t in iTunes just yet, so for now you just have to listen here, but you should still be able to access it on your phone’s browser by clicking the link if the player directly below doesn’t show up.

Episode 1 – Odorrizi v. Tillman

Jason Hammel’s Broken Slider

The Oakland A’s shocked the baseball world during the Fourth of July weekend when they acquired both Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel from the Cubs for uber-prospect Addison Russell and others (not to demean Dan Straily or Billy McKinney at all, but Russell is unquestionably the linchpin of the deal for Chicago). Samardzija (2.83 ERA,…

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Corey Kluber: Owner of Baseball’s Best Curveball

Corey Kluber is in the midst of an incredible breakout season that has seen him post a 2.55 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, 26.7 percent strikeout rate, and 5.1 K:BB ratio in 165.7 innings. He has achieved this excellence powered by baseball’s best curveball. His curve has always been good, but this year it has been positively…

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Nathan Eovaldi’s Decline

Nathan Eovaldi’s season started with a bang as he cut through his April schedule to post a 2.58 ERA in 38.3 innings, going at least six innings in each of his six starts. It was just a month, but it was nice to see the consistency that had eluded Eovaldi to date finally kicking in….

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Jacob deGrom’s Strikeouts

Though just 45-50 so far this year, the Mets have put together a solid rotation this year even without Matt Harvey, who is shelved with Tommy John Surgery, or contributions from their top prospects Noah Syndergaard and Rafael Montero. Montero has 20 innings of 5.40 ERA while Syndergaard has been uneven in Triple-A. Instead, they’ve…

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Jesse Hahn’s Curveball

Jesse Hahn opened 2014 as a legitimate prospect in the Tampa Bay system, ranking sixth on the Baseball Prospectus list, but then on January 22nd he was dealt to the San Diego Padres in a seven-player deal that sent Logan Forsythe and Brad Boxberger back to the Rays as the principal returns. Even though Tampa…

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Tanaka’s Two-Strike Splitt… Oh Wait, He’s on the DL Now

In his last two outings, Masahiro Tanaka has suffered through his two highest hit totals (9 and 10) paired with his two lowest strikeout totals (3 and 5). The biggest issue has been finishing batters. Prior to these last two outings, Tanaka had a 51 percent strikeout in two-strike plate appearances. The splitter was the…

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Daily 3 – July 9th

The daily fantasy game has grown exponentially in the last year or two and with that in mind, I will be sharing my three favorite arms for the day. I play predominantly at DraftKings so my picks will be focused on their pricing as I will be giving at least one hero play a day,…

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Daily 3 – July 8th

The daily fantasy game has grown exponentially in the last year or two and with that in mind, I will be sharing my three favorite arms for the day. I play predominantly at DraftKings so my picks will be focused on their pricing as I will be giving at least one hero play a day,…

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Mike Minor’s Slider vs. Lefties

Mike Minor didn’t start his 2014 season until May 2nd thanks to some left shoulder tendinitis and after a hot run in starts three through seven (1.87 ERA, 1.01 WHIP in 33.7 IP), he has fallen on hard times in his last five resulting in a 7.52 ERA and 2.02 WHIP in 26.3 innings of…

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Daily 3 – July 2nd

Sorry for the late delivery here, I scheduled it improperly. The daily fantasy game has grown exponentially in the last year or two and with that in mind, I will be sharing my three favorite arms for the day. I play predominantly at DraftKings so my picks will be focused on their pricing as I…

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Pitching To: George Springer

George Springer is off to a nice start with his major league career. He’s only hitting .245, but an impressive .353 OBP and .482 SLG have yielded an impressive 133 wRC+ in 289 PA. He has 16 homers which is tied for the seventh-highest total (comprising of 14 players) despite the fewest games played in…

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Daily 3 – July 1st

The daily fantasy game has grown exponentially in the last year or two and with that in mind, I will be sharing my three favorite arms for the day. I play predominantly at DraftKings so my picks will be focused on their pricing as I will be giving at least one hero play a day,…

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10 Starting Pitching Trade Candidates – Part 2

Yesterday I covered names 10 through 6 and today we look at the remaining names on the list of my top 10 starting pitcher trade targets. It will be very interesting to see just how many of these names are dealt. I’d love to see them all move just because of how much fun it would,…

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What To Watch For: Dan Haren

Dan Haren’s signing in LA with the Dodgers was a bit polarizing. It seems – at least from what I remember – that people were either in the camp of “Oh hey, that’s a nice signing at that price, he’s still got plenty left in the tank” or on the other end of “Nope, he’s…

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Daily 3 – June 30th

The daily fantasy game has grown exponentially in the last year or two and with that in mind, I will be sharing my three favorite arms for the day. I play predominantly at DraftKings so my picks will be focused on their pricing as I will be giving at least one hero play a day,…

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10 Starting Pitching Trade Candidates – Part 1

We are a month away from the non-waiver trade deadline which means we will spend the next four weeks being inundated with rumors about a bevy of players going to any number of new teams – most of which obviously won’t come to fruition. In fact, several of the guys discussed won’t even be traded,…

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What To Watch For: Matt Shoemaker

Matt Shoemaker’s early work has been a big surprise to me. I really didn’t see any kind of success coming for him, let alone major success. Coming into the season, he had 64 unimpressive starts at Triple-A on his ledger. Throw in five more this year and you have a 5.38 ERA and 1.48 WHIP…

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Daily 3 – June 27th

The daily fantasy game has grown exponentially in the last year or two and with that in mind, I will be sharing my three favorite arms for the day. I play predominantly at DraftKings so my picks will be focused on their pricing as I will be giving at least one hero play a day,…

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Daily 3 – June 26th

The daily fantasy game has grown exponentially in the last year or two and with that in mind, I will be sharing my three favorite arms for the day. I play predominantly at DraftKings so my picks will be focused on their pricing as I will be giving at least one hero play a day,…

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Jake Arrieta Enjoying a Legitimate Breakout Season

Jake Arrieta is having a truly fantastic season, but he nearly announced himself to anyone who hasn’t been paying attention last night as he took a perfect game into the seventh. He lost it on a clean single up the middle by Billy Hamilton and ended up allowing a couple more and two runs en…

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