At 34 Years Old, Jason Vargas Finds His Inner Ace
Vargas's pitches haven't changed, but by making small tweaks around the margins, the Royals' journeyman starter has become one of the best pitchers in baseball.
President Trump Not Throwing Ceremonial First Pitch At Nationals Home Opener, Apparently
The official reason is a scheduling conflict. The actual story... is probably about the same, but let's dig a little deeper anyway.
Edwin Diaz Is the Reliever Seattle Has Been Waiting On
The 22-year-old would amaze anywhere he pitched, but his major league debut is even more impressive given the Mariners' bullpen history.
Twisted Blister: Rich Hill and Baseball's Biggest Little Injury
The Los Angeles Dodgers' prized deadline acquisition has spent a month recovering from a blister on his middle finger. How can such a small injury be so damaging to MLB pitchers?
Looking for a Hit, the Cleveland Indians Have Doubled Down on Pitching
The Cleveland Indians have as good a shot at a World Series berth as any team in the AL. If things had worked out better at the deadline, it'd be even better.
The Forgettable Career and Memorable Triumphs of Kyle Lohse
Kyle Lohse was never a great pitcher, and needed St. Louis Cardinals magic to become a good one. But he did a lot with nothing much for years. That's something.
The Trade Market for Closers Is Insane, and the Royals Would Be Crazy Not to Take Advantage
The Yankees got a great prospect haul for Aroldis Chapman. The Royals, who have holes to fill and a closer worth more to other teams than them, could do even better.
Watching Steven Wright, Who Is For Real, And Really Weird
Steven Wright has been one of the best pitchers in baseball this year. He's also a knuckleballer, which adds a satisfying edge of weirdness to his success.
Watching Yu Darvish, An Ace At Play
The Texas Rangers are getting Yu Darvish back at exactly the right moment. It's not just that he steadies a shaky rotation. He brings an element of magic to it, too.
False Stars: The Red Sox Pitching Problem, And What They Can Do About It
The Red Sox have one of baseball's best offenses, but the back half of their rotation is a disaster. That is going to have to change, but it won't fix itself.
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On Being Owned By The New York Mets: David Roth's Weak In Review
The New York Mets had an especially Mets-y week, even by their standards. You don't need to be a Mets fan to understand what that means, or why it's frustrating.
Throwback Thursday: When Andy Hawkins Threw a No-Hitter and Lost Anyway
The New York Yankees of the 1980s were an exercise in expensive mediocrity. When Andy Hawkins threw a no-hitter in Chicago and lost in 1990, it defined the era.