We are in that portion of the season where pitching rotations have been ravaged by injuries. No team has been hit as hard by injuries as the St. Louis Cardinals, who promoted 21-year-old Michael Wacha to pitch Thursday’s game against the Royals. He allowed one earned run on two hits in seven innings while striking […]

I do regular radio spots in Baltimore, and we’ve long talked about Jim Johnson’s ability to close out games for the Orioles without possessing a dominant strikeout punch. Johnson’s strikeout rate has improved markedly in 2013, but his hit rate has also soared. In his past three appearances (all blown saves), the Baltimore closer has […]

On Sunday, many articles were written about the omission of Bryce Harper from the National League All-Star team and the online push to vote him into the final spot began. Fans in Chicago are still trying to figure out how catcher A.J. Pierzynski was left off of the squad by Texas manager Ron Washington. Washington […]

Why is Jim Johnson the “Fantasy Man-Crush” of the week? OK. I suppose I could just trot out the entire Baltimore squad or give an “Attaboy!” to Buck Schowalter following his 1,000th career win. Maybe I celebrate Chris Davis for ending a terrible day at the plate (0-for-8 with five strikeouts) with a win on […]