When the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Jeff Mathis from the Los Angeles Angels back in December, the catcher didn’t exactly represent the kind of blockbuster offseason acquisition that their fan base was hoping for. After all, Mathis, having long been criticized for his limited offensive skills, brought with him a career .194 average and .557 […]
The Milwaukee Brewers’ bullpen was a driving force behind the team’s success in 2011. Formed primarily from the remnants of the unsuccessful group from 2010, it took minor additions to turn the group of one of the worst reliever corps into one of the best.
Lonnie Chisenhall is no stranger to pressure. As a first-round pick he really has no other choice. Since debuting with the Cleveland Indians in June, however, he’s shown that living up to hype and expectations isn’t going to be such a big deal. TheGP Baseball caught up with the first-year stud who joined a struggling team in the middle of a heated division race.
Call it appreciation or adoration, The Good Point has a soft-spot for Doug Fister. After an August feature following the man’s debut at Comerica Park, Jared Macdonald followed up with the hurler to get a thorough account of how he’s changed his game. Now as he stars for the Tigers in the ALCS, there’s no looking back.
A midseason trade sent him from the Toronto Blue Jays to a veteran Cardinals team on the verge of an historic wild card run and Marc Rzepczynski couldn’t be more appreciative. The left-handed reliever opens up about the trade and what it means to play in St. Louis.
Ryan Braun is no stranger to success, the fifth-year Brewer has thrived on and off the field in literally every chapter of his career. Given his uncanny ability to come through when it matters most for Milwaukee and his laughably impressive slash lines, it’s no surprise that the 27-year-old is a favorite to win the 2011 NL MVP award. We pulled him aside to ask how he does it.
After trimming down his repertoire and sticking to only three pitches last year, St. Louis Cardinals reliever Jason Motte put together a breakout season in 2010, slicing his ERA in half from the year before. It was hard to imagine him improving even more in 2011, but that’s exactly what he’s done. Having already set […]
From July 26 to August 28, the Brewers put together a sparkling 27-6 record. They held a 10.5-game lead in a tough NL Central Division and looked virtually incapable of ever slowing down. Now, though, having lost nine of their last 15 games and with their division lead shrinking, the club sits firmly in the […]
Major League Baseball, more than any other sport, is a game of numbers, players consistently reduced to mere stat sheets and meticulously scrutinized over their slash lines or ERAs. Thousands of players are asked to produce tangible results in order to stick at the Major League level each year, but numbers hardly tell the whole […]
After missing the entire 2009 season due to injury, Shaun Marcum led a young Blue Jays pitching staff in 2010 to successfully rebound from Tommy John surgery, tossing a career-high 195 innings in 31 starts. The then-Jays ace not only ate innings, but cut down his walks and increased the frequency with which he threw […]