Sal Cacciatore

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Sal Cacciatore is a writer for Newsday Sports on Long Island. He also writes for numberFire, with an eye on advanced statistics and fantasy sports.


Professional Sports Coverage

Are Yankees overly reliant on home runs?

The Yankees' pursuit of the major-league record for home runs continued Wednesday, when they hit three in a 6-2 win over the Braves to give them 144. They are on pace to finish with 278, which would break the 1997 Mariners' record of 264.

Ayton's No. 1 skill: Tough to stop inside & out

In an NBA Draft that looks to be defined by its big men, DeAndre Ayton stands above them all - if not technically in stature, certainly in terms of hype and potential. The projected top pick in Thursday's draft has ideal size for a center and the diverse skill set to play in the modern league, which is becoming more and more perimeter-oriented.

As bullpen usage soars, Yanks make most of it

A massive spike in bullpen usage has been one of the defining factors of modern baseball, and the Yankees have positioned themselves to take advantage. They are around the middle of the pack in terms of bullpen usage, but they have made the most of these innings and lead the majors in bullpen ERA (2.78) and strikeout rate (11.6 per nine innings).

Tebow focused on improving, not on joining Mets

TRENTON, N.J. - The 6,000-seat Arm & Hammer Park pales in comparison to the 90,000-seat behemoths of Southeastern Conference football, and the stakes in Wednesday night's Eastern League All-Star Game were nothing compared to the NFL playoffs.

Montero effective again in Mets' loss to A's

Rafael Montero was not his usual self on Sunday afternoon. He tends to strike out a ton of batters, keep the ball in the park and struggle with walks, but none of this was the case against the Athletics.

Bryan brothers show no sign of ending doubles legacy

Bob and Mike Bryan took some time Thursday afternoon to reflect on their historic career, but make no mistake. The most successful doubles pairing of all-time has no intention of slowing down. "We still feel like we can be up there and winning the big tournaments," Bob said on the eve of the duo's opening match at the New York Open.

Craig Biggio's son making presence felt in minors

Cavan Biggio remembers running the bases as a child at the Astrodome and being dejected when his father's teams lost in the playoffs. Thanks to a power surge this season, the Blue Jays prospect is getting closer to making his own big-league memories.

Travis d'Arnaud has trouble throwing out runners

Sunday was an uneven day in what has been an uneven season for Travis d'Arnaud.The Mets catcher had a fine day at the plate, going 2-for-3 with an RBI single and a walk in a 6-4 loss to Miami at Citi

Backman excited about rules encouraging small ball

New Ducks manager Wally Backman's big-league career spanned the 1980s when speed ruled baseball, strikeouts were harder to come by, and the term "three true outcomes" was not in the sport's vernacular. This is, at least in part, why the former Met says he is ready to embrace the slate of dramatic rule changes that will take effect in the Atlantic League this year.

Statistical Analysis

Should MLB Teams Try to Emulate Kansas City's Contact-Based Offense?

Should MLB Teams Try to Emulate Kansas City's Contact-Based Offense?: Kansas City reached the World Series two straight years with a contact-heavy offense. Should others try the same? Read it now on numberFire, your #1 source for data-driven sports analysis and insight.

With Brady and Manning, the Numbers Disprove the Narratives

With Brady and Manning, the Numbers Disprove the Narratives: You might not hear this Sunday, but Peyton Manning has been one of the more efficient playoff quarterbacks of his generation, while Tom Brady has been one of the best regular season quarterbacks ever. Read it now on numberFire!

Tyler Flowers Has Been the Most Underrated Player in Baseball

Tyler Flowers Has Been the Most Underrated Player in Baseball:Thanks to improvements at the plate and his usual excellence at stealing strikes, Tyler Flowers has been one of the most valuable players in the game this season.? Read it now on numberFire!

Bradley Beal's Improved Shot Selection Is Driving His Career Season

Bradley Beal is finally a valuable NBA player. Yes, this may seem like a strange statement to make about a player who had averaged 16.0 points per game in his first four professional seasons, but the leap he's taken this year puts these previous campaigns to shame.

No, David Price Is Not a Poor Postseason Pitcher

No, David Price Is Not a Poor Postseason Pitcher: David Price's postseason ERA is above 5, but this has more to do with randomness and bad luck than an inability to handle October pressure. Read it now on numberFire, your #1 source for data-driven sports analysis and insight.

Rich Hill Has Transformed Into an Elite Starter

Rich Hill Has Transformed Into an Elite Starter: In August 2015, Rich Hill was pitching for the Long Island Ducks. A month later, he began to dominate big league hitters and hasn't stopped since. Read it now on numberFire, your #1 source for data-driven sports analysis and insight.

High school sports coverage

St. Furcy's 25 points lift Lawrence Woodmere

With some high-profile eyes looking on, Tyler St. Furcy put on a show Sunday afternoon. The junior guard had 25 points, 10 rebounds and four assists to lead Lawrence Woodmere Academy to a 63-42 win over University Prep (Rochester) in the Empire Invitational at Adelphi.

Garden City wins state lacrosse crown

CORTLAND, N.Y. - Kaitlyn Larsson and her Garden City lacrosse teammates used to sit in the stands in awe of the program's success. On Saturday morning, they were on the field adding to that legacy.

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