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Power Pitching and Home Runs on Display in the MLB 2022 Post-Season

November 3, 2022

Viewers of the World Series between the Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros this week were treated to a barrage of power hitting and power pitching on adjacent days this week. In the first five innings of game 3 on Tuesday, five different Phillies’ players hit home runs against Houston pitcher Lance McCullers. No pitcher […] More

Phillies Draw First Blood in World Series in Game with Ties to Don Larson’s Perfect Game

October 29, 2022

In winning game one of the 2022 World Series, the Philadelphia Phillies overcame a five-run deficit early¬† in the game. This tied a 5-run come-from-behind world series victory two decades earlier in game six of the 2002 World Series won by the Anaheim Angels. The only World Series game in which a winner overcame a […] More

2022 MLB World Series a Mis-Match on Paper

October 24, 2022

In the era of divisional postseason play that was introduced in 1969, only the 1976 Cincinnati Red with a 7-0 record have gone undefeated in the major league baseball playoffs. With series records of 3-0 against the Seattle Mariners in the American League Divisional Series and 4-0 against the New York Yankees in the American […] More

The MLB Team With the Best Record in the First Half of the 2022 Regular Season Has Been Exposed in the Playoffs

October 23, 2022

The New York Yankees compiled a 58-43 won-loss record in the first half of the 2022 regular baseball season but went 41-40 the rest of the way. That drop-off was mere prologue to the dramatic erosion of offensive productivity through eight post-season games. Although sporting the second highest average runs-per-game during the regular season, the […] More

Three Takeaways from MLB Divisional Series So Far

October 16, 2022

Prior to this year, only one post-season major league baseball game had gone past the 11th inning with no runs scored by either team. Then last week the longest such game occurred in the wild card round when the Cleveland Indians beat the Tampa Bay Rays 1-0 in 15 innings. Just a week later, that […] More

Nearly Perfect Padres Pitching Knocks Out the Favored N.Y. Mets

October 10, 2022

With a loss in the third and final wild card game, the N.Y. Mets became the third wild card team to be favored but lose in the initial two out of three round of the 2022 major league baseball playoffs. Like the Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis Cardinals, the Mets had a better regular […] More

Scintillating Games on Second Day of MLB Wild Card Playoff Round

October 9, 2022

Yesterday’s four wild card games produced not just one but two extremely rare developments. The game between the Cleveland and Tampa was scoreless entering the bottom half of the fifteenth inning, setting a record for the most innings in which a post-season game has gone without a run being scored by either team. In fact, […] More

Reflections on First Day of MLB Playoffs

October 8, 2022

The changing face of baseball was on full display during the first day of the wild card round. Hits were scarce and runs even more so. Eight teams managed a total of 50 hits or just over six per game. The four losing teams — the Tampa Rays, Toronto Blue Jays, St. Louis Cardinals and […] More

American Political Challenges in the 1950s and Now

August 9, 2022

The Communist Party was banned by law in the United States in 1954, not because of the type of social constructions its adherents supported, but rather because of the seditious and undemocratic world that communist movements aimed to create, a condition that left no room for political parties beyond the dictatorial one in control and […] More

Yankee-Mets Preview of Tonight’s Subway Series Opener and a Peak Ahead to October Play

July 26, 2022

The Houston Astros and N.Y. Metropolitans have replaced the Boston Red Sox as the opponents that generate the most pregame hype for the N.Y. Yankees. Tonight’s match-up between the Yanks and Mets kicks off what may prove to be the most memorable combined year for those two teams since 2000 when they met in the […] More