- The Giants' Offense Doesn't Care About the Platoon Advantage
- Tim Hudson's 2010
Since he broke into the big leagues back in 1999, Tim Hudson has quietly ranked among the better starting pitchers in the majors. According to Sean Smith's historical Wins Above Replacement numbers
- Skyrocket Smith
The Rocket's glare. That's him at top left.
Today is the 145th birthday of Skyrocket Smith, first baseman for the 1888 Louisville Colonels, and namesake of my next-born child. These Colonels
- Joe Smith: Boring Name, Decent Reliever
Joe Smith, who has long contended with Scott Baker and Jim Johnson for The Most Boring Name in Baseball, reportedly signed a three-year, $15.75 million deal with the Angels over the weekend
- The Fall of the House of Smith
a light upon a matter of EVEN GREATER URGENCY, as well as acute personal interest. I write of the Fall of the House of Smith.
Remember the halcyon days of the late eighties? (Unsettlingly, some
- The 20-80 Scale, Saber Style (Again Yet Different)
- The Next Step
ready to contribute from Year One to Year Seven, and the return on investment is ridiculous. In three seasons, Tim Lincecum has been worth roughly $84 million to the Giants. If you didn't know, he has
- Arbitrary End Points
like Benson, those strikeout numbers will keep the batting average down.
Marquez Smith hit .198/.291/.327 the first two months. He hit .337/.405/.650 after.
Aaron Hicks hit .246
- What the Cubs Must Do
it, there are two, and only two, moves that the Cubs can make:
1) Fire everybody.
Preferably in that order. I have many written positive words about Jim Hendry, about Tim Wilken
- Weighing Dee Gordon
Lance Johnson - 7 seasons (2.0, 3.2, 3.9, 5.1, 1.5, 3.4, 6.5)
Luis Polonia - 4 seasons (2.1, 0.6, -2.3, 0.8)
Ozzie Smith - 4 seasons (3.3, 5.4, 2.7)
Tim Raines - 3 seasons (2.8, 3.3, 6.1)
- Daily Notes: A Brief Review of Burch Smith's Second Start
Table of Contents
Here's the table of contents for today's edition of the Daily Notes.
1. Brief Review: Burch Smith's Second Start
2. Today's MLB.TV Free Game
3. Today's Complete Schedule
- The Guys Besides Yunel
Reyes, Tim Collins and Tyler Pastornicky.
Reyes, so far as I can tell, is the only player that has ranked as a top 10 prospect (BA #8 pre-2007). He is also the only one that no longer qualifies
- Building a Farm: National League West
- Wait Til Next Year: 2011 Draft Preview - Hitters
/.582), who really came into his own in year two under Tim Corbin at Vanderbilt. He's now patient, with developing gap power and a threat on the bases (career 50-for-59). Maybe a third baseman in the end
- Building a Farm: American League Central
- Stauffer's Survival
WPA says that Tim Stauffer's start last night, one run allowed in six innings of the Padres 3-1 win over the Dodgers, was worth 0.208. But that certainly underrates the importance of the start
- Building a Farm: American League East
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Kansas City
strategy. That is, if Chris Dwyer or Tim Melville or Tyler Sample all didn't already do it, all pitchers given above-slot bonuses in the fairly early rounds. And that's to say nothing of consensus top
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Pittsburgh
to a successful Pittsburgh team in the future: Jose Tabata, Ross Ohlendorf, Gorkys Hernandez, Tim Alderson and more.
Slowly and deliberately, the Pirates are building something. If you squint and project
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cubs
scouting director Tim Wilken. The director made a controversial splash in his 2006 draft debut with the Cubs, "skimping" on Tyler Colvin in the first round to save money for Jeff Samardzija's record
- ALDS Game One Review: Texas
with one out and Carlos Pena at the plate. After falling behind in the count 2-1, Lee threw an inside fastball up and in. Home plate umpire Tim Welke looked as if he was going to call the pitch a ball
- Numbers for the Numbered Starters
Movement isn't quite described by GB%, but I think it does a fairly good job: good movement leads to weak hits, which keep the ball in the park. Tim Hudson was the only person this season to eclipse 60
- NCAA Monday: Born on the USA
of their own players. When Tim Corbin brought Pedro Alvarez and David Price no one blinked an eye, but oftentimes, the players are overmatched and their inclusion smells of nepotism. This summer was interesting
- WAR's Favorite Position
similar examples: Billy Butler, Conor Jackson, Brian Dopirak, Jason Stokes, Mike Cuddyer, J.R. House, Pat Burrell, Paul Konerko, Dave McCarty, Tim Costo, Todd Zeile.
This is surely not the most
- Organizational Rankings: Future Talent - Cleveland
was kicked off the South Carolina college team), took a chance on high school arms Trey Haley and T.J. House, and paid decent dollars to college guys like Zach Putnam, Cord Phelps and Tim Fedroff
- Mike Minor's Up and Down Debut
Explanations were hard to come by. I assumed it was a mastering of his curveball, a pitch that college coach Tim Corbin told me on draft day last year was quickly becoming a weapon for him. It wasn't until even
- Dreamweaving the Draft
Director Tim Wilken already likened Simpson to Tim Lincecum or Roy Oswalt, so he did our work for us. Whatever he says.
17. Josh Sale, LF/RF, Tampa Bay Rays
Skills they love: Big-time power bat
- Historical Position Adjustments
. In the 1980’s we had Rickey!, Tim Raines, Vince Coleman, Willie Wilson, and Gary Redus playing left field. I’m sure there were some terrible left fielders back then as well, and guys like Carl Crawford, Eric
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Final Part
representation of players on this list. He didn’t allow any home runs, but Tim Beckham’s Bowling Green defense let down that entire pitching staff. If things get any better on that front this year, Dyer
- Good Developments on the KC farm
has been especially hot in his last eight games, where he's 17-or-32 with six walks. Not like the Royals could use it.
-- Not a long of good things are showing up in Tim Melville's lines
- Alternate Reality: Need-Based Mock Draft
4. Kansas City Royals. The Royals would be tempted to take Jameson Taillon, but for the purpose of this article, I think Mike Montgomery, Tim Melville, Tyler Sample and others meets KC's quota
- The Recent First Round Shortstops
never should have given up on Mike Moustakas, I'm not ready to turn my back on Tim Beckham, either. A recent hot streak has really helped matters, but still, he now has a .706 OPS, and his career minor
- MLB Draft: A Recent History of Criticism
when a revered scouting director like Tim Wilken drafts Tyler Colvin, we didn't give him the benefit of the doubt. Castro was a guy that a lot of people liked, but he was also one without a track
- The First Cups of Coffee
successor at first base.
Darren Ford, CF, Age 24, San Francisco Giants.
Debut: +.214 WPA. Pinch ran for Mike Fontenot at first base in the 8th. Reached second on Tim Lincecum sacrifice. Bolted
- The Near Future of Wil Myers
if he has nothing left to learn in Triple-A.
Others of Note
Tim Beckham, the former first overall pick, looks in outstanding shape. Lean and muscular, Beckham looks the part of a middle infielder
- 2010 Draft Review: NL Central
) and strikeouts (9.0 K/9).
Thoughts: This was an undeniably strange draft by the Cubs, who signed just three players for more than $350,000. Tim Wilken has already thrown the gauntlet down for his first
- The 20-80 Scale, SABR Style
- Futures Game Preview: The U.S. Hitters
(Brown is 6-foot-5). With this year, it looks like Brown might follow the higher path of comps: Juan Gonzalez, Tim Salmon, Vlad Guerrero, Josh Hamilton, etc.
Brett Jackson | CF | Chicago Cubs
- Building a Farm: National League Central
- NotSpeare: #1. The Tempest
Fear the Bard.
I want to emphasize that this idea was very, very funny in my head.
- Today's Starters, in Counterfactuals
If Tim Lincecum were a Paramount film he'd have been pulled from their release schedule for "reshoots" by now.
If C.C. Sabathia were a comic book hero, he'd be "The Shadow."
- The Next Crop of $100 Million Players
Ben Nicholson-Smith is a staff member of MLBTradeRumors.com. This is the second in a series of guests posts he will be writing for FanGraphs, which will appear on Mondays.
It won’t surprise anyone
- The Boys of Summer
warmer and Tim realizes he’s blushing. He clears his throat. “Whatever, you asshole. Let’s go pick up your kid.” The expression that washes over Zito’s face is one Tim only sees when he’s thinking
- Introducing Handsome-Independent Pitching
mother, and asked that they rate the handsomeness of all qualifying 2012 pitchers on a scale from 1 to 5. The coincidence of their ratings, notwithstanding their firm divergence over Tim Lincecum
- Literal Weekend Recap
Given his well-known fondness for exotic pets, it came as no surprise to Tim Hudson's teammates to find him possessing a fighting spirit on Friday. Reactions, as usual, were mixed in the Atlanta
- The All-Time Royalty All-Stars
- Duke Snider (9.7)
RF - Babe "The Sultan of Swat" Ruth (15.4)
DH - Prince Fielder (6.4)
Bench: Roger "The Duke of Tralee" Bresnahan (6.4), Tim "Kingfish" Salmon (6.0), Dave Kingman (3.6), Jim
- Chinese Postgame Quotes, 2013 Inaugural Edition
Smith Hall of Famer Hall bishops around the warning track of a flat bed cars paraded through the streets, and Cincinnati manager Dusty Baker....Brandon Phillips blooped the go-ahead double in the ninth he
- Why Abraham Lincoln Is on My Hall of Fame Ballot
might revere the guy, the numbers reveal the truth: the Great Emancipator just didn't put up the "value" of a Tim Raines or an Alan Trammell or whatever sabermetric darling they're mooning over lately
- Tim Raines
Rickey Henderson and Jim Rice were the only two breathing players inducted into Cooperstown this weekend. It didn’t have to be this way though, and frankly it shouldn’t have been since Tim Raines
- The Tigers’ Approach to Rotation Depth
Sox, who don’t have room for Tim Wakefield, Felix Doubront, Alfredo Aceves, Andrew Miller or Junichi Tazawa in their rotation. Or the Reds, who will rely on Mike Leake, Travis Wood, Homer Bailey
- Today in Baseball Joe, Pt. 2
, Baseball Joe on the School Nine, or, Pitching for the Blue Banner is summarized thusly by determined chronicler Tim Morris: "Suspenseful scenes include the smuggling of pies and soda pop into dorm rooms
- Chinese Postgame Quotes: 5/30 Edition
Back by popular demand.
Warriors 10, Bishops 7
"I do not delighted with the fruits of my personal." - Tim Hudson
"We did not do what we need to do, give us a chance to make some adjustments
- Babe Ruth Was the Worst Base Stealer of All Time
it's awfully hard to earn your team even 1 full extra win (10 runs) by base-stealing alone, as Rickey Henderson, Vince Coleman, Tim Raines, and a few others have done. Turns out it's just as hard to detract so
- Today in Baseball Joe
of baseball literature, Tim Morris: "Joe Matson moves to a new town and longs to pitch for the local nine, though the presence of a near-psychotically jealous ace pitcher slows his trajectory toward
- The Overlooked Seth Smith
An apology is due here, and I'm sorry. I whiffed on Seth Smith in my American League outfield rankings, even though those are mostly for 5x5 formats. I nearly blanked on him in my home league as I
- Free Seth Smith
Yesterday, we talked about Troy Tulowitzki powering the Rockies resurgence in June. While he's the main reason, he's not the only cog in the Colorado offense having a good month. Seth Smith
- Seth Smith Heads West
. Just ask Vinny Castilla or Dante Bichette. Unfortunately for Seth Smith he’ll no longer have that luxury as he’s now a member of the Oakland A’s.
Transitioning from Coors’ Field to the Oakland
- Smith and Damon: Waiver Wire
With the fantasy playoffs nigh, here is a pair of outfielders who can help patch injury-induced holes in your lineup.
Seth Smith (Yahoo: 32 percent owned, ESPN: 53 percent owned)
- The Brewers, Will Smith, and a Breakthrough
, the Royals gave the Brewers Will Smith. It's a low-profile transaction, considerably lower-profile even than the earlier Dexter Fowler trade, but what makes the trade worth taking about are the signs
- Lee Smith and the Hall of Fame
Yes, I admit it. That's a pretty neutral headline. Doesn't tell you whether I think Lee Smith is worthy of the Hall of Fame.
Because I don't really know.
Smith appears to be more qualified than
- Eveland and Smith Paying Dividends
it was time to rebuild and sent Haren to the desert for six prospects: Dana Eveland, Carlos Gonzalez, Brett Anderson, Gregory Smith, Aaron Cunningham, and Chris Carter. Many had only heard of Eveland
- Quick Thoughts on Iwakuma and Smith
If you're content to stash Iwakuma on the DL for a few weeks at the beginning of the season, he could be a nice injury-sleeper on draft day.
LHP Will Smith, Milwaukee Brewers
- Why Bryan Smith Writes
be sharing their responses in these electronic pages.
What follows is the product of a lightly edited email correspondence with Bryan Smith. In addition to being a bona fide prospect maven, Smith
- Adam Smith Discusses Baseball
“Let’s start with pins,” Adam Smith says.
"You want pins? The little metal things? Cost a couple of cents each? Sure. But let’s say you can’t go to the store. Let’s say there is no store, so
- Poll: Tim Lincecum Arbitration
Tangotiger's running the same poll over at insidethebook.com:
Tim Lincecum will submit the following offer:(poll)
- An Etherview with Sean "CHONE" Smith
If you read FanGraphs, you're probably familiar with Sean Smith's work. Mr. Smith is the progenitor of the CHONE projection system, hosted annually here at FanGraphs and also at his own website
- Liriano and Smith: Waiver Wire
Seth Smith (ESPN: 10 percent owned; Yahoo!: 7 percent owned)
It makes complete sense for a hitter who leaves Colorado for the spacious grounds in Oakland to have a higher OPS after he lands, right
- FanGraphs Audio: Tim Hudson Now on Tim Hudson Then
On August 19, 1999, the author went to Fenway Park expecting to see Pedro Martinez beat the Oakland A's handily. Instead, Martinez was outdueled by then-rookie right-hander Tim Hudson
- Introducing to NotGraphs: Mississippi Matt Smith
Please note, for your records, that Mississippi Matt Smith is the newest contributor to NotGraphs and submitted his first, uh, submission to our electronic pages earlier today.
- Tim Lincecum By Phantom Flex
So this is Tim Lincecum as captured by something called the "Phantom Flex," which I imagine is like a Polaroid with attitude:
- Burch Smith and the Problem of Holding Velocity
Right-hander Burch Smith has been traded from San Diego to Tampa Bay. "Will he start or not?" is a question a person might reasonably ask about that. What follows is an attempt to answer the question
- Seth Smith's Platoon Split as a Crisitunity
Despite the prestige of being 2011's Most Average Player, Colorado Rockies outfielder Seth Smith has been the subject of trade rumors since the end of the season. Trading Smith might be a good idea
- Oakland Finishes Outfield With Seth Smith
It seemed like only a matter of time until Seth Smith was shipped out of Colorado. The Rockies have depth in the outfield and the demand for a player of Smith's caliber was there. A suitor finally
- Eulogizing the Departed: Bill Smith Fired
The first domino has fallen following a cataclysmic 2011 season in Twins Territory, as General Manager Bill Smith was dismissed from the position on Monday. Philosophical differences were cited
- Ozzie Smith Did Something the Best
-- suggest that the character is based, at least in part, on Ozzie Smith.
Because his peak ended before I was really aware of him, I never got a chance to see Smith with any frequency. But his
- A Brief Note about Seth Smith
The Padres didn't need Seth Smith, and traded him to the Mariners. The Mariners are getting themselves a nice little hitter, especially against right-handed pitching. Jeff will likely have more
- Tim Lincecum's Future Contract
Despite my personal impression that Tim Lincecum and his agent were content to go year to year until free agency, a report surfaced recently that the pair and the Giants were open to talking about
- Tim Lincecum in 2010
After Tim Lincecum got off to a rough start, I wrote that perhaps 2008 would be his peak season. No shame in that. Only 20 individual pitching seasons had accumulated at least 7 WAR, one of those
- Tim Lincecum's Woeful Start
The defending NL Cy Young winner, Tim Lincecum, is going through a rough stretch to start this season. Only eight and a third innings through two starts for Lincecum – who averaged closer to seven
- More on Tim Lincecum
Yesterday a commenter asked about Tim Lincecum’s delivery since it appeared different. Well, after random sampling two of Lincecum’s starts last year and comparing them to this year’s starts, it’s
- Another Look at Tim Lincecum
A while ago I wrote a piece on Tim Lincecum’s early season struggles. Since then, not only has he rebounded, but he’s looking like the best pitcher in the National League, sorry Johan Santana, Josh
- Tim Hudson Opting Out?
According to Ken Rosenthal, the much-maligned free agent pitching crop is about to get a lot stronger, with Tim Hudson set to join the ranks of those available for bidding this winter. The Braves
- Tim Hudson's Evolving Arsenal
Two decades ago, Tim Hudson was finishing up his first season at Chattahoochee Valley Community College. He was a short righty with a sinker, a slurve and small hands. More than 3,000 innings later
- Don't Anchor Tiny Tim
of a player's value and quality will persist. This season, anchoring has occurred for many with regards to Tim Lincecum.
For those wondering why analysts tend to place small sample size disclaimers
- Tim Lincecum's Early Struggles
Something is wrong with Tim Lincecum. After giving up five runs in his first start this year, things got worse for him last night. In just 2.1 innings, Lincecum allowed six runs on nine hits while
- The Understated Greatness of Tim Hudson
at the 2014 performance of some of the game's elite, and determine whether they in fact have taken things to the next level. Today, Tim Hudson.
Your first thought might be, Tim Hudson - elite? A brief
- Tim Hudson's Charmed Season
After returning from Tommy John surgery last September, Tim Hudson picked up right where he left off. The undersized righty logged 42.1 innings pitched for the Atlanta Braves, striking out 6.38
- The Tim Hudson Renaissance
As a general rule, giving multi-year contracts to 38-year-old pitchers coming off major ankle injuries is not a good idea. Yet Brian Sabean and the San Francisco Giants did just that, inking Tim
- Q&A: Seth Smith, Evolution of an Approach
Seth Smith continues to mature as a hitter. Despite a recent cool stretch, the 30-year-old Oakland A’s outfielder is off to a .283/.366/.455 start. A career year may be in the offing, as well
- Is Something Wrong With Ryan Rowland-Smith?
-Smith were healthy and prepared to start.
What a difference forty days can make. Doug Fister and Jason Vargas have been among the few pleasant surprises in Seattle this season, while RRS has seemingly
- Scheming For Relief: Osuna, Baez and Smith
batters to just one hit, while striking out three and notching two holds.
Carson Smith | Seattle Mariners | 1% (Y!), .2% (E)
Smith is a hard throwing, lanky, right-hander that has more than 40
- Not a Chuck Close Painting of Tim Lincecum
Because noted American painter Chuck Close has never done a portrait of San Francisco Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum, the image embedded here is by definition not an actual Chuck Close portrait
- Video: Next Up Impersonating Tim Kurkjian: Tim Dillard
The Tim Kurkjian Impression Contest has been, hands down, the best part of spring training. Next up, Milwaukee's Tim Dillard:
Kurkjian's reaction when Dillard showed up was just priceless
- Greg Smith: Scouting the Pirates Draft
Thanks to an infusion of high-profile prospects into the pipeline, there is a light at the end of tunnel in Pittsburgh. Scouting director Greg Smith has brought some elite talent into the system
- FG on Fox: When Tim Lincecum is Still Tim Lincecum
On Wednesday, for the second time in a year, Tim Lincecum threw a no-hitter. For the second time in a year, it was against the San Diego Padres. As Rob Neyer wrote yesterday, one pitcher throwing
- Covert Colorado OF, Pt. 2: Seth Smith
time for the Rox: Ryan Spilborghs and Seth Smith.
While neither comes with the championship-caliber upside of a Holliday nor the scouting pedigree of a Fowler, Spilborghs and Smith could provide
- Seth Smith Would Be Great Fit for Mariners
remaining $105 million on his contract...), the San Diego Padres find themselves with an opportunity to move 2014 right fielder Seth Smith. Kemp's days as an everyday center fielder have long passed
- Trade Fallout: Greg Smith Reluctantly Heads to the Rockies
Just like today's other Trade Fallout subject, Carlos Gonzalez, Gregory Smith has also been involved in two high-profile trades over the past two off seasons. Popped in the 6th round out of LSU
- The Eyes Have It: Seth Smith's Laser Show
Seth Smith is having the best year of his career at the plate. He has slowed down during the second half of the season after a monster first half, but his overall line is still quite good. These days
- ALCS Game 3 PreGame Chat
Bryan Smith will be around to talk about the playoffs tonight, starting at 5 pm. ALCS PreGame Chat
- It's Official: Tim Lincecum Hella Cool
25 Coolest Athletes of All Time. Tim Lincecum is on the list, and I am running -- not walking -- to say I'm on board with that.
GQ has its own perspective on "cool," and their list is American
- Tim Lincecum Throws -- Sunflower Seeds?!
It's hard to impress the ol' teammates. Just ask Tim Lincecum:
After Saturday's game, Lincecum released this statement via his publicist:
I am an excitable person who only understands life
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Tim Lincecum
is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they'd pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs.
In this edition: Tim Lincecum.
- Tim Beckham Has Left The Building
After the Rays traded for Yunel Escobar, I began working on a piece discussing prospect ETA's and how off-season moves affected players like Tim Beckham. In it, I closed the door on Beckham
- Tim Lincecum: True American Hero
This is a couple of months old (then again, so am I), but it absolutely merits a mention.
Tim Lincecum, who is awesome in a bounty of ways, already has a pair of Cy Young awards placed
- Tim Lincecum's Metabolism Works Hard
As you may have heard, read or intuited all by yourself, Tim Lincecum is, somewhat famously, particularly svelte as professional athletes go. But it's certainly not for a lack of trying to join
- Padres Continue To Be Weird, Extend Seth Smith
active sellers in July. But despite all this, the Padres are apparently not done being weird.
Today, the Padres signed Seth Smith to a two year, $13 million contract extension, and it's very
- The Man Who's Owned Tim Lincecum
Circumstances were different when Paul Goldschmidt faced Tim Lincecum the first time. In early August of 2011, Goldschmidt was playing in his second-ever major-league game, a young first baseman
- FanGraphs Audio: Bryan Smith on Prospects, Prospect Writing
Just 26, Bryan Smith has written about prospects off and on (and off and on) for about a decade. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- FanGraphs Audio: Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet
Ben Nicholson-Smith is a former senior writer at MLB Trade Rumors and a current editor Sportsnet. He's also the guest on this edition of FanGraphs Audio.
Don't hesitate to direct pod
- Is Tim Lincecum Taking a Big Risk?
Tim Lincecum has done more than enough during his career to merit a big contract. But after reportedly turning down a five-year offer worth "at least $100 million" — and instead opting for a two-year
- Contract Crowdsourcing 2013-14: Tim Hudson
is likely to receive, FanGraphs is also requesting that readers make note of how much they'd pay each free agent were they, themselves, actual GMs.
In this edition: Tim Hudson.
- Tim Lincecum's Last Best Chance
it on the menu.
Oh, and there's also Tim Lincecum. Hi, Tim Lincecum.
It's still a weird feeling, I think. It's not news that Lincecum is hardly the elite starter he once was, but it's still a little
- Tim Marchman Asks the Tough Question
Seriously, what the hell?
Yesterday, Tim Marchman asked perhaps one of the great questions surrounding the baseball community today: What the f*** is with this Jack Morris s***? It's a thought
- Seth Smith is a Must Own in Daily Formats
Obviously there are a variety of fantasy leagues out there, and while it is not necessarily the most popular among hardcore fantasy fans, the daily leagues do exist and Seth Smith is a guy
- Tim Lincecum and the Slow Death of ERA
. Over the last two seasons, the only qualified pitcher with a worse ERA- than Lincecum is Edinson Volquez, who the Padres released during the season. By runs allowed, Tim Lincecum has been basically
- Tim Lincecum's Eyes Are Wide Open
Maybe you find Tim Lincecum frustrating. He's still throwing no-hitters, still in the top 25 for swinging strikes, still has an above-average strikeout rate, and still has a an above-average ground
- Tim Lincecum To Scrap His Slider?
It looks like Tim Lincecum is going to put his slider in his 'back pocket,' at least to start the season. Manager Bruce Bochy speculated that the reasoning behind the move was that the pitch
- Tim Lincecum's Change-up is Back
The demise of Tim Lincecum has been greatly exaggerated. He proved as much Saturday, tossing a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres. While Lincecum hasn't put up vintage numbers, he's shown big
- Q&A: Tim Hudson, Evolution of a Repertoire
Tim Hudson has had a long and successful career. The 36-year-old right-hander owns a 187-100 recrod and a 3.41 ERA in 389 big-league appearances. Now in his eighth season with the Atlanta Braves
- Sergio Romo and the Tim Wakefield Fastball
a step back. Between 2007-2011, Tim Wakefield posted a roughly league-average ERA over nearly 800 innings. The overwhelming majority of his pitches were knuckleballs, a very small minority of his
- My Farewell: Scouting Tim Melville
Last Sunday I was able to take in one of Tim Melville's starts against the Potomac Nationals at the local Pfitzner Stadium. Melville's obviously a big name and one of the top arms in Kansas City's
- What Is Tim Lincecum Worth In Arbitration?
in their $17 million offer to Tim Lincecum, the highest such amount ever offered a player with fewer than six years of service time. Lincecum countered with his own record-setting figure of $21.5
- Scheming For Relief: Betances, Warren, Smith and Withrow
Will Smith | Brewers | 2%
In eight appearances (7 IP), the former Royals middle reliever owns a 0.00 ERA (2.62 xFIP) with a 1.14 WHIP, a 32.1% K% and a 17.9% BB%. Additionally, Smith picked up his first
- Daily Notes: The Effects of Burch Smith on the Human Brain
, What One Might Learn
A thing a spectator might learn during the course of this game is what sort of claim Burch Smith might have to a starting role in the future. Despite having posted a 30.3% strikeout
- Video: J.P. Arencibia as Tim Kurkjian
- Q&A: Ryan Rowland-Smith, Comeback from Fear
From 2007-2009, Ryan Rowland-Smith was an effective pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. The Australian-born southpaw appeared in 88 games and logged an ERA below 4.00 for three years running. His move
- Tim Spooneybarger Surrounded by Spoons, Knees, Barges
It came to my attention, while doing some very important, not-at-all bullshit research, that there was once a baseball player named Tim Spooneybarger. As he was not a baseball player that long ago, I
- The Freshmen Report: Lobstein, Sanchez, Smith, Tomas
sprinkling in extra base hits and free passes.
Carson Smith, RHP, Mariners: Current Mariners closer Fernando Rodney has been successful in nine of 10 attempts but his ERA currently sits at 5.65
- Q&A: Reggie Smith, Borderline Hall of Famer
was Reggie Smith. Some might argue that Dwight Evans or Bobby Bonds would be a better call, but Smith certainly has his bona fides. As a seven-time all-star, he accumulated 71.8 WAR between 1966
- 2010 MLB Draft: Not Selected Day 1
doesn't have much of either right now. If he makes the Major Leagues, it will be as a reliever, with his career outcomes varying as wide as Colt Griffin and Jonathan Broxton. (Bryan Smith)
- Tim Byrdak's Robust Commentary on Role of Disguise
, they are often done so as a means to ecstasy of some sort.
This footage of left-handed reliever and newish New York Met Tim Byrdak dressed as wrestler Hulk Hogan does little to dispel that notion -- on account
- Video: The Ozzie Smith of Cuba, More or Less
- Candidate to Replace Jim-Tim McCarver: Jon Bois
Although I (still) have no say whatsoever in who takes up ol' Jim-Tim McCarver's seat at FoxSports' Roundtable of Sports Insights & Sports Analysis (since the last time we checked in, word
- Tim Lincecum: 6th Best Fantasy Starter?
Recently here at Rotographs, we released our rest of season rankings for starting pitchers, I had Tim Lincecum rated as the sixth-highest fantasy pitcher. To say the least, I took a little heat
- Candidate to Replace Jim-Tim McCarver: Dayn Perry
Although I have no say whatsoever in who takes up ol' Jim-Tim McCarver's seat at the Roundtable of Sports Insights & Sports Analysis (it will probably be Matt Vasgersian), I will nonetheless
- 2010 MLB Draft Selections
to right field. Harper is represented by Scott Boras, and is likely to set a draft record with the contract he signs. (Bryan Smith)
2. Pittsburgh Pirates - Jameson Taillon | RHP | Texas HS
- Tim Hudson Heads West, Joins Giants
As first reported by the Bay Area Sports Guy, the Giants are going to sign former Braves hurler Tim Hudson to a two year, $23 million contract. This is slightly higher than the FanGraphs Crowd's
- Tim Lincecum Starts Making Sense By Not Making Sense
-- they finished with 11 hits in 33 at-bats, eight of which went for extra bases. But another crucial contributor was one Tim Lincecum, pitching in long relief.
Lincecum was not the first guy Bruce Bochy
- Staring Down the Sinkerballers, Part One
We're really excited to introduce you to the newest writer to join the FanGraphs team - Bryan Smith. He's covered minor league and college baseball for nearly every site on the planet, and we're
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, but I truly believe it was complimentary -- Moore's floor is very high. The pitcher version of this would be Ryan Rowland-Smith, who will have his modest success in Seattle as long as Safeco Field
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2001 - Joe Mauer (MN)
2000 - Rocco Baldelli (RI), Corey Smith (NJ), Scott Thorman (Canada), Aaron Herr (PA)
Even there, you can see that New Jersey
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colloquially, and from which expression he's derived little pleasure previously.
Moving On, With Regards to This Game
Starting this game for San Diego is Burch Smith, to which right-hander's
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This isn't a slight on Tim
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debut in this game for San Diego -- is 23-year-old right-hander Burch Smith.
Regarding Burch Smith, Who the Hell He Is
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Tim Lincecum, RHP, Giants — He will be available in trade, and it will be interesting
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If we are both wearing baseball caps, is this guy invading personal space?
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on the otherwise manicured landscape of our historical record. For some, of course, there is no hope: Unknown Smith, barring the discovery of new and direct testimony from 1884, will remain just