Chris Moran

Chris Moran

Chris Moran is a second-year law student and assistant baseball coach at Washington University in St. Louis. He played baseball at Wheaton College where he donned the tools of ignorance. You can follow Chris on Twitter @hangingslurves.

Phil Hughes
By Chris Moran On Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Phil Hughes, Bargain Free Agent?

New York Yankees starting pitcher Phil Hughes struggled mightily in 2013. Over 29 starts and 145.2 innings, he posted a 5.19 ERA and surrendered 24 home runs. The Yankees won just 12 of his 29 starts, and Hughes More...

Max Scherzer
By Chris Moran On Thursday, November 14th, 2013

Max Scherzer Wins AL CY Young

Detroit Tigers pitcher Max Scherzer was named the AL CY Young winner today. He won in a landslide, collecting 28 of the 30 first place votes. Scherzer went 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA, both career bests. Sure, we can More...

John Macdonald
By Chris Moran On Sunday, November 10th, 2013

It May Be Time For Defensive Specialist John McDonald To Retire

John McDonald just completed his 15th big-league season. The 39 year-old infielder played for four different teams in 2013, finishing the season with the Boston Red Sox. In between, he played for the Pittsburgh More...

J.P. Arencibia
By Chris Moran On Saturday, November 9th, 2013

Ways In Which Toronto Blue Jays’ J.P. Arencibia Had A Good Year

By most measures, Toronto Blue Jays catcher J.P. Arencibia had a pretty dismal 2013 season. Arencibia finished the year with a .194/.227/.365 line, and a 57 wRC+. Since 1918, only four players with at least 400 More...

By Chris Moran On Thursday, November 7th, 2013

Accessing The Value Of Chicago Cubs Pitcher Jeff Samardzija

Chicago Cubs pitcher Jeff Samardzija or “Shark” as he is sometimes called, is something of a late bloomer. The 6’5 225 Notre Dame alumnus decided to forgo football and entered the draft in More...

Jose Valverde
By Chris Moran On Sunday, November 3rd, 2013
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Paunchy Closer: A Dying Breed

Only two years after being a perfect 49/49 in save opportunities with the Detroit Tigers, Jose Valverde was given his unconditional release after a year in which he appeared in twenty games and surrendered six More...

Red Sox
By Chris Moran On Thursday, October 31st, 2013

2013 Playoffs: The Best Teams Won

Baseball fans, prepare yourselves for a long, dark and gloomy offseason. I may just purchase a wood-burning stove so I can sit by it and talk baseball. The Boston Red Sox won the World Series, taking down the St. More...

David Ortiz
By Chris Moran On Wednesday, October 30th, 2013
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How Should The Cardinals Deal With David Ortiz?

David Ortiz has had a great World Series. Okay, that’s probably an understatement, but it will have to do because I can’t do his performance justice. The Boston Red Sox DH/1B has put together a 733/.750/.1267 More...

By Chris Moran On Sunday, October 27th, 2013

Red Sox And Cardinals Launch Assault On Rational Decision-Making

Well, that was quite a game. The St. Louis Cardinals squeaked by the Boston Red Sox 5-4 Saturday night in unprecedented fashion. To my knowledge, a World Series game has never ended on an obstruction call. Hopefully More...

Joe Kelly
By Chris Moran On Saturday, October 26th, 2013

Red Sox Hitters Have Favorable Matchup Against Joe Kelly

With the series tied 1-1, the Boston Red Sox travel to Busch Stadium to face Joe Kelly and the St. Louis Cardinals. Kelly posted a 2.69 ERA over 124 innings during the regular season. In the second half of More...

Carlos Martinez
By Chris Moran On Friday, October 25th, 2013

St.Louis Cardinals’ Carlos Martinez: A Tale Of Two Seasons

Carlos Martinez throws hard. The St. Louis Cardinals rookie right handed pitcher has showed off his impressive stuff in relief this post-season. In 9.2 innings, he has allowed only four hits, with nine strikeouts More...

Jon Lester
By Chris Moran On Thursday, October 24th, 2013

Jon Lester And The Red Sox Down Cardinals In Game 1

Mike Napoli smashed a bases-loaded double off Adam Wainwright in the first inning, clearing the bases. The Boston Red Sox were in control from the get-go, and downed the St. Louis Cardinals 8-1. Sox starter Jon More...

Red Sox Beards
By Chris Moran On Tuesday, October 22nd, 2013

Boston Red Sox Audition For Duck Dynasty

After a hard-fought ALCS in which they downed the Detroit Tigers four games to two, the Boston Red Sox had a few days off before World Series play begins this Wednesday.   This Monday, several members of the More...

Michael Wacha
By Chris Moran On Sunday, October 20th, 2013

Using Abstract Art To Scout Michael Wacha

St. Louis Cardinals rookie right hander Michael Wacha has been quite good this postseason. By ‘quite good’ I mean ‘dominant.’ In 21 postseason innings, he has surrendered just one run. More...

Pete Kozma
By Chris Moran On Thursday, October 17th, 2013

St. Louis Cardinals’ Pete Kozma Is Great

What?! you say, how could a shortstop with a .217/.275/.273 batting line and one home run possibly be anything less than terrible? Pete Kozma possesses a wRC+ of 50. Six pitchers managed a better mark than that. More...

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