Ben and Sam discuss Roy Halladay, Mark Prior, rumors from the Winter Meetings, and more.
Sam checks in on several of his articles from earlier this season to see whether what he wrote made sense.
Getting the most out of an arm as valuable as Stephen Strasburg’s is a fraught task for the Nationals.
What are the real mechanical precursors of pitcher injury? And what is the real lesson of Mark Prior’s injury history?
If you had to bet on Jamie Moyer, Mark Prior or Scott Kazmir to win more games from today until the end of the world, on which pitcher would you bet?
Pitchers continue to get injured while batting, so should baseball continue to require NL pitchers to hit?
Mark Teixeira’s for real. OK, you probably didn’t me to tell you that. The Rangers’ superstar third base prospect has terrorized pitchers every step of his amateur and pro careers.
But did you know Adam Morrissey has one of the quickest swings you’ll ever see? That Kevin Cash’s defense may be even better than you’ve heard? That Luke Hudson could help push the Reds to the top of the NL Central in 2003? You would if you headed out to Phoenix for the Arizona Fall League season.
Mark Prior threw 135 pitches yesterday. It was worth it, though, because it pulled the Cubs to within 12 1/2 games of first place in the NL Central and to within 14 games of the Dodgers in the wild-card race.
Look, I’ve made this argument before, so I’m not going to waste a column on it again today. Letting your nominal franchise pitcher throw 135 pitches in a meaningless game is inconsistent with any kind of plan for success. Letting him bat in the bottom of the eighth having thrown 119 pitches is grounds for firing.