No Ace In the Hole

St. Louis has Adam Wainwright.  For the Dodgers, there is Clayton Kershaw.  And while the Braves got to him on Thursday night, the Reds do have Mat Latos and also, No-Hitter Homer Bailey.  Chasing Atlanta, the Nationals have Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg.   But the Atlanta Braves don’t have an ace.  I don’t use that phrase as a cliche.  Atlanta lacks the number one pitcher who matches up with an opposing team’s number one. …

The Best (and Worst) of June

Last year, after every month, I looked at some mostly useless monthly splits stats to give the best and worst awards for pitchers, position hitters, and a rookie of the month.  So, let’s get back at it.  Rookie of the Month Julio Teheran – Evan Gattis‘s injury opened this one up a little easier for Teheran, but it’s difficult to believe Teheran wouldn’t have won it outright.  Teheran finished June with 10.3 K/9 and 1.1…

The Starting Rotation: Most Disappointing in 20 Years

This blog post seems oddly timed after Mike Minor gave me the old “screw you” for my comments the other day by throwing six fairly solid innings against the San Francisco Giants before the bullpen was destroyed by Brandon Crawford and Gregor Blanco (12 homers in over 1600 plate appearances between the two).  Nevertheless, one game does not change the fact that the argument can be made that no starting rotation has been more frustrating…