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.
Rian Watt

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.
David Roth
super closers

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.
Mike Piellucci

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?
Eric Nusbaum

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.
Jonathan Bernhardt

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.
Robert O'Connell

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.
Steven Goldman

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.
Robert O'Connell

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.
Robert O'Connell

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.
Matthew Kory
weak in review

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.
David Roth
Throwback Thursday

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.
Steven Goldman