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Mound Musings: Examining Trade Deadline Pitching Repercussions
Brad Johnson discusses some key pitching trades, including Kendall Graveman, who moves to Houston along with Rafael Montero.
Mound Musings: Help Is on the Way?
8 days ago
Brad Johnson writes about the Futures Game, where promising young pitchers like the Rays’ Shane Baz were showcased, and Johnson provides a brief update on a handful injured pitchers.
Mound Musings: 2021 First-Year Player Draft Edition
15 days ago
Brad Johnson offers his analysis of the 2021 draft day pitching prospects, starting with Jack Leiter who went to the Texas Rangers with the second overall pick.
Mound Musings: Predicting Future Success
22 days ago
Brad Johnson explores an analysis he did based on his observations of which statistics can be predictive of pitching success going forward and why Jacob deGrom is at the top of his list.
Mound Musings: Revisiting My 2021 “Home” League Pitching Staff
29 days ago
Brad Johnson discusses pitchers on his hometown league team, starting with New York ace Gerrit Cole, whom Johnson just acquired.
Mound Musings: Some Observations From the Mound
36 days ago
Brad Johnson discusses the ban on applying foreign substances to balls, and offers readers a report card on Jacob deGrom.
Mound Musings: Life, the Universe and Everything
43 days ago
Brad Johnson writes about observations he’s made so far this season, including the regarding the controversy of doctoring balls, something of which Gerrit Cole was recently accused of by a fellow player.
Mound Musings: The Risk/Reward Equation
50 days ago
Brad Johnson examines pitchers, who, while risky, have hinted better days are imminent, starting with Yankees' pitcher Jordan Montgomery, who's among Johnson's favorite trade targets.
Mound Musings: Time to Pull the Chute?
57 days ago
Brad Johnson examines underperforming pitchers to determine whether they’re worth keeping, starting with Luis Castillo who has been subpar in his last nine starts.
Mound Musings: Checking in on NL Bullpens
64 days ago
Brad Johnson dives into closer assignments in the NL to see what changes could be on the horizon, including in Philadelphia where Hector Neris is the primary closer, but storm clouds are brewing.
Mound Musings: Checking in on AL Bullpens
71 days ago
Brad Johnson examines closer assignments in the AL to see what possible changes are on the horizon, including in Toronto where Jordan Romano might soon get his chance to close.
Mound Musings: Looking for Saves
78 days ago
Brad Johnson writes about factors that go into assessing possible role changes in a bullpen that might lead to save chances, including Drew Pomeranz' move to the bullpen.
Mound Musings: The Slider – A Classic Love/Hate Relationship
85 days ago
Brad Johnson breaks down the mechanics of sliders and discusses slider-heavy pitchers, like Kenta Maeda, who are struggling so far this season.
Mound Musings: Something Called “Rhythm”
92 days ago
Brad Johnson goes into depth about pitching rhythm and examines elite pitchers who either have it or are still looking to achieve it.
Mound Musings: Life, the Universe and Everything
99 days ago
Brad Johnson shares what he focuses on when ranking, comparing pitchers or deciding whether an arm deserves a spot on his team, and in Rotation Ramblings, he recommends grabbing Aaron Nola if available.
Mound Musings: Some Arms to Consider
106 days ago
Brad Johnson highlights pitchers who've impressed him early in the season, including Yankees' Jordan Montgomery, who's got a full repertoire of great offerings he will throw in any count or situation.
Mound Musings: My 2021 “Home” League Pitching Staff
113 days ago
Brad Johnson gives readers a glimpse into his hometown fantasy league pitchers, and this year, he's hoping his patience with Dinelson Lamet will pay off.
Mound Musings: Bullpens With Unanswered Questions
120 days ago
Brad Johnson writes about seeking value in bullpens with possible question marks, like in Philadelphia, where Hector Neris might have closer potential, if he can work on his meltdowns.
Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the AL East
127 days ago
Brad Johnson wraps up his bullpen series with a look at the American League East, where in Tampa, Tyler Glasnow leads the Rays pitching.
Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the NL East
134 days ago
Brad Johnson recaps the National League East, where he envisions Phillies ace Aaron Nola will fit in nicely atop most fantasy rotations.
Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the AL Central
141 days ago
Brad Johnson writes about the American League Central this week, where in Chicago, White Sox fans have something to cheer about, as Lucas Giolito has become a bonafide ace.
Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the NL Central
148 days ago
Brad Johnson dives into pitching in the National League Central, where in Cincinnati, Luis Castillo will look to fill the void left behind by Trevor Bauer.
Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the AL West
155 days ago
Brad Johnson continues his early-season analysis of pitching across the league with a break down of the American League West where the A’s Jesus Luzardo should be on managers’ lists.
Mound Musings: A Look at Pitching in the NL West
162 days ago
Brad Johnson’s first column of the season will focus on the NL West, where in Arizona, the Diamondbacks and Madison Bumgarner are in a state of transition.
Mound Musings: The “Kids on Parade” Watch List for 2021
309 days ago
Brad Johnson marks the end of the unusual season with his annual prospects column, which includes the Dodgers’ Tony Gonsolin whose future role is up in the air.
Mound Musings: The 2020 Season Pitching Awards Issue
316 days ago
Brad Johnson offers up his pitching awards for the season, starting with the Newcomer Award going to the Marlins’ Sixto Sanchez.
Mound Musings: What a Long, Strange Trip It’s Been
323 days ago
Brad Johnson reflects on the season so far and the impact it could have on future seasons, including the impact of up and coming potential aces like Toronto’s Nate Pearson.
Mound Musings: Trading Places at the Deadline
330 days ago
Brad Johnson analyses the aftermath of the trade deadline to see how the changes in latitudes might affect pitchers like Robbie Ray who’s moving to Toronto.
Mound Musings: The Trade Winds May Be Blowing, Yay or Nay?
337 days ago
Brad Johnson talks trades in the shortened season, as well as drama happening in Cleveland where Mike Clevinger and Zach Plesac broke team and league COVID-19 protocol.
Mound Musings: Some Very Big Surprises
344 days ago
Brad Johnson highlights pitchers who have impressed him this season, including Dinelson Lamet in San Diego, as well as a few pitchers to avoid.
Mound Musings: What’s a Manager to do?
351 days ago
Brad Johnson reveals what Washington’s Patrick Corbin has in common with eight other league starters in this year of injury and illness.
Mound Musings: Checking in on NL Bullpens
358 days ago
Brad Johnson analyzes turmoil in the NL Bullpens, including in New York, where the Mets’ Edwin Diaz has struggled since joining the team.
Mound Musings: Checking in on AL Bullpens
July 30, 2020
One week in, Brad Johnson evaluates bullpens in the American League, including in Minnesota where Taylor Rodgers should continue to be the primary closer.
Mound Musings: Dusting Off the Crystal Ball
July 23, 2020
Brad Johnson visits the future to learn how the shortened season will play out, including predicting that Eduardo Rodriguez and the Red Sox finish out of the playoff hunt.
Mound Musings: Please Fasten Your Seatbelts …
July 16, 2020
Brad Johnson tackles pitching questions popping up in relation to the abbreviated season and lists a few candidates who could move up the food chain with decent pitching, including the Reds’ Trevor Bauer.
Mound Musings: Opportunities Arise
July 9, 2020
Brad Johnson predicts top Houston prospect Forrest Whitley could slide into the Astros lineup toward the end of the year if he’s needed.
Mound Musings: Life, the Universe and Everything
July 2, 2020
Brad Johnson touches upon changes with the shorten season, and discusses the New York Yankee’s new ace Gerrit Cole in his Notable Rotation Ramblings.
Mound Musings: Play Ball!
June 25, 2020
Brad Johnson discusses the potential ramifications of a (very) shortened season and offers up his early pick for the NL Cy Young award, Cardinals' ace Jack Flaherty.
Mound Musings: 2020 First-Year Player Draft Edition
June 19, 2020
Brad Johnson lists several higher-ceiling arms he believes should add to your watch list, including Garrett Crochet, who was drafted 11th overall by the White Sox.
Mound Musings: How to Handle the Inevitable Injuries
June 12, 2020
Brad Johnson shares injury observations we often read about and discusses his approach to handling how they affect pitchers, including Chris Sale, who’s out for an extended time after having Tommy John surgery.
Mound Musings: The “Kids on Parade” Early Edition Watch List
June 5, 2020
Brad Johnson delves into guys who likely will arrive in the next year or two, including Nate Pearson, who’s on the fast track with the Jays.
Mound Musings: A Staff Awaiting Action
May 29, 2020
Brad Johnson breaks down his pitching staff, featuring Patrick Corbin, in a 16-team dynasty league, which drafted before the shutdown.
Mound Musings: The Flip Side of the Coin
May 22, 2020
Brad Johnson analyzes pitchers who had strong seasons last year but may want to be avoided this season, including the Red Sox’ Eduardo Rodriguez, whose 2019 WHIP raises red flags.
Mound Musings: Life, the Universe and Everything
May 15, 2020
While awaiting news on MLB’s return, Brad Johnson discusses pitchers with a good chance of having a bounce-back year, like Tampa Bay’s Blake Snell.
Mound Musings: The Sixth Man
May 7, 2020
This week, Brad Johnson focuses on potential six-man rotations and highlights higher profile kids like Detroit’s Casey Mize who could have opportunities later in the season.
Mound Musings: Seeking Future Closer; Auditions Will Be Ongoing
April 30, 2020
Brad Johnson discusses possible closer changes and highlights his 2019 Closer of the Year pick, Oakland‘s Liam Hendricks.
Mound Musings: I Have Faith, Baseball Will Return in 2020
April 23, 2020
Brad Johnson talks about injured pitchers who might be fully healthy once the season gets underway, including the Indians‘ Mike Clevinger.
Mound Musings: A Season Like No Other
April 16, 2020
Brad Johnson breaks down the possible scenarios in which MLB could start the season and how it might affect anticipated values of pitchers like Colorado’s Jon Gray.
Mound Musings: In Search of Value
April 9, 2020
Brad Johnson features a few pitchers who have the potential to provide value when the season begins, including Yu Darvish, who, when firing on all cylinders, is a top-10-pitcher.
Mound Musings: Life, the Universe and Everything
April 2, 2020
Brad Johnson outlines things on which he focuses when comparing pitchers for his teams, and in Notable Rotation Ramblings, he notes that Shohei Ohtani should be ready to pitch when the season resumes.