Archive for May 2004

Some of these old guys can still pitch, and Matthew ranks ’em.

Matthew looks at one of the greatest short-career pitchers of all-time, and a contemporary who might just be overlooked.

Laser eye surgery is becoming more and more common among baseball players, but what does it mean for their on-field performance? Matthew looks at the track record of such surgeries.

The Yankees’ Mike Mussina and Kevin Brown reached the 200-win plateau in back-to-back games. Matthew compares their very different careers, and takes a glimpse at their chances of reaching 300 wins.

Does starting the season 2-0 against the Yankees mean Victor Zambrano is worthy of his own award? No, but winning a bizarre triple crown does.

Before Beane, Ricciardi and DePodesta, there was Bill Veeck and Frank “Trader” Lane.

The Mariners are one of the oldest teams in baseball, but they’re trying to win in spite of their age. Matthew looks at some key questions facing the current team, as well as the Hall of Fame chances of three Seattle veterans.

Philadelphia finished a disappointing third in the NL East last season, but going into 2004, they are arguably the best team in the National League. Matthew has a look.

The Braves’ amazing streak of division titles has to end sometime, right? After an off-season of watching Sheffield, Lopez and Maddux bolt for greener pastures, Atlanta heads into 2004 with the look of an underdog. Matthew examines the key questions surrounding the Braves.

The Marlins came out of nowhere to win the Wild Card and then the World Series last season. After the ’97 World Series they got rid of good players like they were going out of style, but this time around the team looks to put up a respectable defense of its title. Matthew looks at some of the key questions facing the Marlins in 2004 and beyond.

With new GM Paul DePodesta running the show, the future in LA looks bright. This year, though, the Dodgers are stuck with a horrible offense and a pitching staff that’s certain to decline from its fantastic 2003. Still, in the wild NL West, almost everyone’s a contender.

Matthew examines Mariano Rivera’s Hall of Fame case and finds some interesting results.

Will Eric Chavez be worth his fat new contract? Matthew looks at similar players to find an answer.

Coming off a disappointing 95-loss season, the Mets brought in Kaz Matsui and Mike Cameron in an attempt to shift gears. Jose Reyes is a rising star, but Mike Piazza and Tom Glavine are coming toward the end of the line. Can the Other New York Team make a run at the pennant, or is the club too hamstrung by age and injuries to contend?

Almost everything that could go wrong did go wrong for the Reds last year. This time around, Cincy’s hoping luck (and health) are on their side. Matthew has a look at the current edition of the Big Red Machine.

The Pirates may not be the worst team in baseball, but they’re surely the most boring. But even the lowly Bucs have some intriguing issues to deal with. Matthew takes a look.