March 14th, 2014

Prime Starting Pitchers!

Niko here, over the last month we have composed our list of Top 5 players at each position. Now while we have reached our last position (SP), there is still one big grand finale ahead. Prime 25 the show where we rank the top 25 players in MLB Today. You can find all of the other Prime Lists atPepper’s Blogger So now, here is our “feature presentation” Ben Grieco’s list of the Prime Starters in MLB:
This was an extremely tough list. How was I supposed to leave guys of this list like Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Cliff Lee, and Zack Greinke? Other players who missed the cut include Chris Sale, Adam Wainwright, and Stephen Strasburg.

5. Matt Harvey – New York Mets
It doesn’t matter that Harvey will miss nearly all of 2014 because of Tommy John surgery. He was one of the best pitchers in 2013, before his season ended in late August due to the surgery. He was the main reason why the Mets had their most successful season in a while last year, and was expected to continue that turnaround this year, but now will have to wait until 2015. In 178 innings in 2013, Harvey went 9-5 with a dominating 2.27 ERA, his first full season in the bigs. While Harvey will miss most of the season, he is still only 24 years old, and has a bright future ahead of him.

4. Yu Darvish – Texas Rangers
Darvish’s sophomore season was his best, as he lead the AL in strikeouts with 277, and posted a great 2.83 ERA in 209.2 innings with a 13-9 record. He fools hitters with his huge variety of pitches (According to Darvish, he has 7) which make him one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball.

3. Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins
Jose Fernandez came out of nowhere to become one of the best pitchers in baseball, posting a remarkable 2.19 ERA, which is amazing for a rookie, while striking out 187 in 172.2 innings. He won the NL rookie of the year in 2013, one of many more awards that are likely to come for Fernandez. And remember, he is only 21 years old.

2. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
King Felix, one of the most consistent starting pitchers in baseball, is coming off another great season in 2013, going 12-10 with a 3.04 ERA, and striking out 216 in 204 innings. Hernandez, who rarely gets hurt, had his season shortened a little down the stretch, but still pitched like a workhorse. And while Hernandez has been in the league for a decent amount of time, he’s still only 27 years old, smack in the middle of his prime.

1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
No debate here. With Kershaw’s string of dominance over the past few seasons, he’s reminded people of Sandy Koufax in the 1960’s or Greg Maddux in the 90’s. Kershaw has lead the NL in ERA in the past 3 years, winning the Cy Young Award two of those times. He is coming off his finest season in 2013, leading the NL with an ERA of 1.83, the first pitcher to have a sub-2 ERA since Roger Clemens in 2005. He also lead the NL in K’s with 232, and was second in innings pitched with 236.

Prime Starting Pitchers

This was an extremely tough list. How was I supposed to leave guys of this list like Cy Young Award winners Justin Verlander, Max Scherzer, Cliff Lee, and Zack Greinke? Other players who missed the cut include Chris Sale, Adam Wainwright, and Stephen Strasburg. 

5. Matt Harvey – New York Mets
It doesn’t matter that Harvey will miss nearly all of 2014 because of Tommy John surgery. He was one of the best pitchers in 2013, before his season ended in late August due to the surgery. He was the main reason why the Mets had their most successful season in a while last year, and was expected to continue that turnaround this year, but now will have to wait until 2015. In 178 innings in 2013, Harvey went 9-5 with a dominating 2.27 ERA, his first full season in the bigs. While Harvey will miss most of the season, he is still only 24 years old, and has a bright future ahead of him. 
4. Yu Darvish – Texas Rangers
Darvish’s sophomore season was his best, as he lead the AL in strikeouts with 277, and posted a great 2.83 ERA in 209.2 innings with a 13-9 record. He fools hitters with his huge variety of pitches (According to Darvish, he has 7) which make him one of the most dominating pitchers in baseball. 
3. Jose Fernandez – Miami Marlins
Jose Fernandez came out of nowhere to become one of the best pitchers in baseball, posting a remarkable 2.19 ERA, which is amazing for a rookie, while striking out 187 in 172.2 innings. He won the NL rookie of the year in 2013, one of many more awards that are likely to come for Fernandez. And remember, he is only 21 years old. 

2. Felix Hernandez – Seattle Mariners
King Felix, one of the most consistent starting pitchers in baseball, is coming off another great season in 2013, going 12-10 with a 3.04 ERA, and striking out 216 in 204 innings. Hernandez, who rarely gets hurt, had his season shortened a little down the stretch, but still pitched like a workhorse. And while Hernandez has been in the league for a decent amount of time,  he’s still only 27 years old, smack in the middle of his prime. 
1. Clayton Kershaw – Los Angeles Dodgers
No debate here. With Kershaw’s string of dominance over the past few seasons, he’s reminded people of Sandy Koufax in the 1960’s or Greg Maddux in the 90’s. Kershaw has lead the NL in ERA in the past 3 years, winning the Cy Young Award two of those times. He is coming off his finest season in 2013, leading the NL with an ERA of 1.83, the first pitcher to have a sub-2 ERA since Roger Clemens in 2005. He also lead the NL in K’s with 232, and was second in innings pitched with 236. 

Spring Training Plus 3/14/14

Here’s a roundup of what happend today in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues!
-The Indians, are currently holding the Best record in Spring Training at 12-2. Today however, they tied.
-The Astros lost 6-4 to the Cards today, but they put up a big fight in the Last of the ninth.
-The Twins beat the Yankees 6-4 Today, Kyle Gibson started for the Twins and gave up 3 Runs.
– The Brewers won 9-8 in 10 innings today. The Walk-Off was hit Caleb Gindl, on a fielders choice.
-Another reminder to tune into the Blog tommorow for Prime 25.

Spring Training Plus- 3/14-14

Here’s a roundup of what happend today in the Grapefruit and Cactus Leagues! 

-The Indians, are currently holding the Best record in Spring Training at 12-2. Today however, they tied.
-The Astros lost 6-4 to the Cards today, but they put up a big fight in the Last of the ninth. 
-The Twins beat the Yankees 6-4 Today, Kyle Gibson started for the Twins and gave up 3 Runs. 
– The Brewers won 9-8 in 10 innings today. The Walk-Off was hit Caleb Gindl, on a fielders choice. 
-Another reminder to tune into the Blog tommorow for Prime 25

Pepper’s in the Big Leagues!

Today, March 14th, 2014. The Pepper MLB Blog has joined MLB.com ! Don’t worry blogger fans, Pepper will stay on Blogger, but we want to encourage you do view Pepper on our MLBlogs site. Which can be found at: http://peppermlb.mlblogs.com/  The posts will be the same for the most part, eventually we will become MLBlogs only. Please check out the NEW Pepper, and check in tommorow to Pepper:MLB. for PRIME 25!

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Welcome to the NEW Pepper: MLB Blog!

Hello everyone! My name is Niko Goutakolis. I am a die-hard Mets fan, and currently write a MLB blog called “Pepper:MLB”. we currently have 15,000 Pageviews, are members of the prestigious Baseball Bloggers Alliance and I am only 14 years old! We have Weekly Shows, Podcasts, Specials and much more! I currently post along with my moderator Borja Rebaza, and contributor Ben Grieco (Both Yankees fans). You can find our sister blog at peppermlb.blogspot.com , and explore all of our coverage of 2013 and the 2013-2014 offseason! We post multiple times a day, and will try to make your Baseball blogging experience better than ever! You can tweet us: @NikoMLB as well. We are fan interactive, as we do a weekly Pepper Inbox on every weeks Pepper Show! Here is our first show, that aired on December 7TH 2013! :http://peppermlb.blogspot.com/2013/12/the-pepper-show-enjoy.html. In fact, tommorow we will have a new special called “Prime 25” listing Baseball’s 25 best players. Baseball’s youngest General bloggers, only on the Pepper:MLB