John Kruk explains how the Rays’ Matt Moore tips his pitches

ESPN’s John Kruk revealed Matt Moore’s tell on Baseball Tonight.

Moore’s tell is pretty simple: When he taps the ball in his glove as he’s getting ready to pitch, he throws a fastball. When he doesn’t tap the ball in his glove, he throws an off-speed pitch. This trend holds true whether Moore is pitching from the windup or stretch.

Read the Larry Brown Sports post and watch the video of Moore.

5,000 words on why the Nationals are wrong to shut down Stephen Strasburg

Writing on Grantland, which we don’t find quite as interesting as Fake Grantland, detail-oriented dermatologist Rany Jazayerli expends 5,000 words explaining why the Nationals were wrong to shut down Stephen Strasburg.

Concludes Jazayerli:

But the main reason the Nationals are wrong to shut down Strasburg is simply this: The risk they’re trying to mitigate has already been mitigated for them. Major League Baseball has changed the way it uses starting pitchers, and has succeeded in reducing pitcher injuries. The Nationals’ failure to recognize this is putting them at needless risk for something else — a quick exit this October.

Read the Grantland story.

How many pitches did Old Hoss Radbourn throw in 1893 and 1894?

A Baseball Prospectus post on “12 Stats We Wish Were Readily Available” features a contribution by John Perrotto, who wishes he knew how many pitches Pud Galvin and Old Hoss Radbourn threw in 1893 and 1894, when Galvin threw 1,292 2/3 innings and Radbourn logged a whopping 1,331 innings.

He also links to Radbourn’s Twitter feed.

Read the Baseball Prospectus post.

MLB pitch count leaders for 2012

Bias Free Sports lists the top 30 pitchers in both the AL and NL ranked in order by total pitch count through August 26.

The top five are:

1. Justin Verlander — 2,964 total pitches, 2.50 ERA
2. James Shields — 2,842 total pitches, 4.01 ERA
3. C.J. Wilson — 2,797 total pitches, 3.83 ERA
4. Johnny Cueto — 2,780 total pitches, 2.47 ERA
5. Jake Peavy — 2,747 total pitches, 3.09 ERA

Read the Bias Free Sports post.

Rockies return to five-man rotation but keep ridiculous 75-pitch limit for starters

Writes David Martin:

The news of the day, besides the Rockies sweep, came from the dugout before the game. Rockies manager Jim Tracy announced before the game that the club will return to the conventional 5-man rotation. It sounded like the first step toward rationality that anyone had heard from the Rockies since they announced the hair-brained idea. However, the happy news was quickly squelched when Tracy announced the next part.

A four-man rotation is done, but the starting pitchers will still be limited to 75 pitches. The logic makes no sense. The idea behind the pitch limit previously was that if the starters were going to be going every fourth day, they would need to not throw as many pitches so that they would be fresh for their next time out.

Read the Colorado Springs Gazette story.