Peter Gammons: Postseason bullpen management proves more crucial than ever

Don’t even try to explain bloody drones and seven relievers to win one game, or how Clayton Kershaw can save one game and come back 48 hours later and throw seven shutout innings in another, or how the two best regular season teams in the American League could  not win a division series game. It […]

Peter Gammons: Blue Jays and Indians are cut from the same cloth

While we have watched chilling, complex layers of wild card play-ins into the League Championship Series, with innings that like the Cubs ninth in San Francisco that ended the Giants season, the Dodger-Nationals seventh in the NLCS elimination game that took Washington out of the post-season to seventh in Chicago Saturday night that left the […]

Peter Gammons: A deserved celebration and an unforgettable goodbye

It was one of those BP moments. David Ortiz, as was the team tradition, was finishing up in the last four man hitting group before the Red Sox went to the clubhouse, while Jason Kipnis, part of the Indians first group, was watching until Ortiz stepped out and moved to exchange pleasantries. No one had […]

Peter Gammons: A moment for David Ortiz and his city

The memorial and celebration of the Marathon Bombing was before a Saturday game, with heroes and speeches and videos on the megaboard as the players lined up in the dugout, waiting to file out onto the field to join Fenway’s high mass to its city’s people. I was at the far end of the dugout […]

Peter Gammons: Postseason roundup, bullpen is key

We have seen the Royals to the seventh game of consecutive world series without a 15 game winner, but with a bullpen structured, built on power, and craftily managed. We look out at the next strata of series that will take us into November and see the Dodgers are 29th in the majors in starters’ […]

Peter Gammons: Remembering the great Jose Fernandez

Jose Fernandez was 19, not even a year after signing with the Florida Marlins. He was pitching for Greensboro of the South Atlantic League, on the road in Augusta, Georgia, and a day or two after Jose threw a seven inning one-hitter, a young scout for the Tampa Bay Rays called to tell me about […]

Peter Gammons: Managing playoff pitching staffs

It may be that we have no idea how the World Series can end before the election if we end up with two- and three-way ties when the regular season ends and the play-ins are supposed to begin, but, the six division champions thought to have been determined, the attention has now begun to focus […]

Peter Gammons: Orioles pushing for top spot, rest is key for Tanaka and Maeda

Nothing seems to add up, but it doesn’t matter. Only three pitching staffs in the American League have fewer quality starts, or a higher starters’ earned run average than the Orioles. They have one pitcher who has won nine games. Wednesday night in Fenway Park their starting lineup against Rick Porcello had only three hitters […]

Peter Gammons: Developed relievers making the difference

In the end, the cost is never knowing. Back on August 18th, the Red Sox were coming off a rain-delayed night game in Baltimore. Flew to Detroit, landed at 6 a.m. and courtesy of whatever Tiger ownership still felt a year after firing Dave Dombrowski scheduled a 1:05 game—the only beloved Thursday afternoon game scheduled […]

Peter Gammons: A year’s difference makes all the difference for Rich Hill

When Rich Hill awakened to the morning after his Wednesday Dodger debut, he tried to remember where he was on August 24th last year. “I know I was in Pawtucket,” he says, with no recollection of whether or not he pitched. Which he did not. A year ago Wednesday he probably threw a bullpen in […]