Archive for August, 2014

Thursday: 08.28.2014

MODPod Episode 2 – Sonny Gray v. C.J. Wilson

Episode 2 of the new podcast.  Please let me know what you think by leaving a comment or hitting me up on Twitter.


Wilson opened the season looking like he was ready to make more incremental improvements as an Angel. Through two months, he had a 3.05 ERA in 11 starts with a strikeout rate that would’ve been his best as a starter and a sub-9% BB rate which would’ve been his best mark with the Angels. Things turned in June and he wound up with four duds in his six starts as righties starts to torch him. The trouble continued into July, but lasted just two starts before he hit the DL with an ankle injury. And he didn’t look much better when he first returned, either. In 10 starts from June 3rd to August 7th, he had a 7.71 ERA in 46.7 IP. He still has 45 Ks in that span, but just a 1.6 K:BB ratio.


Gray has followed up his brilliant 2013 debut with a strong first full season in the bigs. In fact, he was looking quite ace-like for the majority of the season with a 2.59 ERA through August 1st, but a bit of a rough spell in his last four starts has sent his ERA northward to an even 3.00 thanks to a 5.40 ERA in those starts. Walks have been a small issue most of the season, but it’s been exacerbated during this recent run of work because his strikeout rate has tumbled from 7.9 in those first 22 starts to just 5.4 in his last four outings.



Monday: 08.25.2014

Matchup of the Day Podcast (ModPod) Episode 1 – Odorizzi v. Tillman

It’s the debut episode of my new podcast! The ModPod dives into a pair of starters squaring off that night, covering their strengths and weaknesses and how those might apply to their opponent. The first try takes a look at Jake Odorizzi heading into Baltimore to face Chris Tillman and the Orioles. I’m *very* interested in your feedback, whether on Twitter (@sporer), via email, or even here in the comments.

The show isn’t in iTunes just yet, so for now you just have to listen here, but you should still be able to access it on your phone’s browser by clicking the link if the player directly below doesn’t show up.

Episode 1 – Odorrizi v. Tillman