Or, at least, in the past 25 years.
Even if Max Scherzer leaves this offseason, the Tigers will have a dominant top four. A big part of that is Rick Porcello’s emergence. Here’s how it happened.
Before we can criticize a manager for using one reliever instead of another, we have to know which reliever is better. How accurately can this be done in real time?
Which managers stood out for their ability to get their best pitchers in the biggest situations this year?
A bit more quietly, Jeremy Affeldt is approaching postseason records as impressive as Madison Bumgarner’s.
Searching for the weakness in Bumgarner’s gameplan.
A first attempt at measuring how much different pitchers pitch to the situation–and the questions it raises.
The emergence of Andrew Miller was a slow burn that happened right in front of us. How much should we have seen coming?
A pitcher, a plan, and one great big metaphor.
What was that, and can we have some more?
Would you rather have the best GM or the best prospect for the future of your franchise? And more importantly, how would you determine the answer?
Is James Shields’ seeming ability to elevate his game in certain situations just one of those things, or is it one of *those* things?
We’ve already lost you. Come back: It makes sense!