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Detroit Tigers Links:Justin Verlander’s pitch mechanics are flawless
It’s all about timing. As Justin Verlander has gotten older, he has put less reliance on his fastball speed, and significantly more on location, consistency and timing. He explains this shift in the video below:

The Stopgap: 2017 Player Preview for Cameron Rupp
Cameron Rupp is who we think he is. And that's OK. In fact, that's something we can be thankful about. Rupp is a burly catcher with slightly above average defensive metrics and power and slightly below average on-base capabilities. He's got flaws. He's got plusses. He's a perfect stopgap for one of the Phillies young catching studs. This is the seventh in a series of posts previewing the 2017 Philadelphia Phillies. Most recently, we chronicled the

2017 Phillies Player Preview: Harnessing the power of Vince Velasquez
Velasquez is trying to give the Phillies reasons why he stands out in the crowd. Sixteen strikeouts. Nine innings of work. 113 pitches. 83 of them strikes. Three hits. No runs. A breaking pitch he waited to unleash until finishing off his tenth K. 23 years old. Pretty much just a fastb...

Blue Jays Spring Battles: Second Lefty in the Bullpen
We are about halfway through the Blue Jays spring training schedule. I thought it might be a good time to take a look at one of the few positions where the team has a battle going for the job.

Injuries continue to mount for the Colorado Rockies
Colorado Rockies news, notes and links for Wednesday, March 15 The Colorado Rockies scored four runs in the ninth inning yesterday to beat the Oakland A’s 4-3.

Don Mattingly thinks David Phelps can serve in Andrew Miller-like role
Phelps has proven to be durable throughout his career. Marlins right-hander David Phelps has proven to be versatile throughout his career, pitching in both starting and relief roles, and as a result, manager Don Mattingly said

Red Sox at Rays lineup: Kyle Kendrick tries to keep it going
With David Price out until at least April 15, the back of the rotation is suddenly important. Yesterday belonged to Mitch Moreland and Steve Selsky

Should we be paying more attention to Edgar Olmos?
Can Edgar Olmos be the team’s biggest surprise in the bullpen? One of the few true position battles happening at Red Sox camp right now is for arguably the most boring position on the roster: The second left-handed relieve...

Israel falls to Japan 8-3
The Cinderella run of Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic comes to an end It's been an improbable streak so far for Team Israel in the World Baseball Classic, every win coming against teams ranked much higher than they are in the World Baseball and Softball Confederation standings.

Cincinnati Reds rookie Amir Garrett is ready for the MLB rotation
With Anthony DeSclafani shut down likely through Opening Day, it is time for one of the Cincinnati Reds young pitcher to step up. Amir Garrett deserves his chance. Amir Garrett is one of the more fun stories...

Tampa Bay Rays spring training game twenty against the Boston Red Sox
Matt Andriese heads to the mound as the Rays take on Boston in Port Charlotte The Rays came away victorious in both of their split-squad games yesterday afternoon to improve their record this spring to 9-9-1. Some Notables Blake Snell was su...

Kevin Kiermaier, king of Statcast Catch Probability
Another range of defensive stats where Kiermaier appears at the top of the rankings. Baseball Savant, the gift that keeps on giving, has released a catch probability leaderboard based on Statcast di...

Mariners Moose Tracks, 3/15/17: Smyly vs. King Felix, Kiermaier Extension, This Is Us
The ace of our rotation squares off against this year’s big addition to it. Happy Felix Day! Tomorrow, I board a plane to sunny Phoenix, Arizona to catch a few Cactus League games and drink a few adult beverages, but today I provide you some interesting stor...

Linky Links
Stuff I found interesting or amusing and thought I'd share. - Heh heh - The truth about Ty Cobb - More evidence that Serena is indeed the best athlete of all-time -

A’s Introduce Lower Beer Prices, Other Changes for 2017
The Oakland Athletics’ new team president Dave Kaval has been making a concerted effort to help revive what has been, in recent years, a decidedly unhappy fan base. Since taking his new office in late 2016, Kaval has been dedicated to listening and communicating with all Oakland Athletics‘ fans, happy or not so much. He […] A’s Introduce Lower Beer Prices, Ot...

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