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June 25, 2016

Raising Aces: Command and Conquer

by Doug Thorburn

Notable performances this week from Trevor Bauer, Corey Kluber and Wei-Yin Chen.

June 18, 2016

Raising Aces: The Speed At Which Things Change

by Doug Thorburn

Notable pitching performances this year from Chris Sale, Matt Shoemaker and CC Sabathia.

June 14, 2016

Premium Article Raising Aces: The Top 2016 Draft Arms, Pt 2

by Doug Thorburn

Three prep arms and a TJ recoveree make up the next crop of pitchers taken in last week's draft.

June 13, 2016

Raising Aces: The Top 2016 Draft Arms, Pt 1

by Doug Thorburn

Ian Anderson, Riley Pint and A.J. Puk went first among arms last Thursday. How do they grade out?

June 11, 2016

Raising Aces: Two Very Different Greinke Masterpieces

by Doug Thorburn

Standout pitching performances this week, including Zack Greinke, Francisco Liriano and Adam Wainwright.

June 4, 2016

Raising Aces: Instant Gratification

by Doug Thorburn

Standout performances this week from Yu Darvish, Carlos Martinez and Aaron Nola.

May 31, 2016

Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Julio Urias

by Doug Thorburn

The box score won't tell you this, but Julio Urias justified the hype in his debut.

May 28, 2016

Raising Aces: Miracle Matz

by Doug Thorburn

The Mets have another ace on their hands, while the Astros' fireballers show both promise and risk.

May 27, 2016

Raising Aces: Digging Under The Gun

by Doug Thorburn

How do we recalibrate our reliance on the radar gun for modern-day pitching evaluation?

May 23, 2016

Premium Article Raising Aces: Today's Velo Losers

by Doug Thorburn

Where have you gone, past velocity? Should we be concerned your arm will break? Hey, hey, hey.

May 21, 2016

Raising Aces: Shades of Gray

by Doug Thorburn

Standout pitching performances from the week, including Grays Sonny and Jon.

May 14, 2016

Raising Aces: Why Max Scherzer?

by Doug Thorburn

Standout arms (for good or ill) from this week, including, duh, Max Scherzer. Also Aroldis Chapman (good) and Luis Severino and Derek Holland (ill).

May 13, 2016

Raising Aces: The Velo Movers, One Year Later

by Doug Thorburn

Revisiting last year's biggest velocity changes, because change is just another word for regression to come.

May 10, 2016

Raising Aces: David Price Is Disconnected

by Doug Thorburn

Memo to Price: Slide away, and give it all you've got. That and other standout arms from week five, including Felix Hernandez and Kevin Gausman.

May 4, 2016

Premium Article Raising Aces: Outstanding Arms from Week Four

by Doug Thorburn

The best of the best shows why he's the best, the continued excellence of Rick Porcello, and more.

April 29, 2016

Premium Article Raising Aces: Debut Ante: Jose Berrios

by Doug Thorburn

The Twins' top pitching prospect showed both why he's heralded and why he's a rookie on Wednesday.

April 26, 2016

Raising Aces: Pre-Surgery Strasburg Is Finally Back

by Doug Thorburn

Outstanding arms from week three, including Strasburg, Jose Fernandez and Drew Smyly.

April 25, 2016

Premium Article Raising Aces: Postmortem: Chris Archer

by Doug Thorburn

Is the 2015 break out starter breaking down?

April 19, 2016

Premium Article Raising Aces: Outstanding Arms from Week Two

by Doug Thorburn

Four National League arms had notable performances this week, including the two most talked about young guns.

April 15, 2016

Raising Aces: The Frightening Reality of the Modern Pitcher

by Doug Thorburn

When you spend too much time admiring the beauty of the trees, you don't realize the forest is on fire.

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