Peter Gammons: An abundance of options can make all the difference

The pitching trend-line is obvious. Those who start retire fewer batters per outing virtually every season, down to less than 5 2/3 innings a start. With that, the offense has fueled the relievers’ earned run average to rise to the reach of the last three seasons-3.71 to 3.93 to 4.06—while the MLB save percentage has […]

Peter Gammons: The kid from Milton Academy

A couple of weekends back a baseball executive called me from his rental car to let me know “I’m going to your home town to see Matt Tabor pitch at Lawrence Academy.” I offered a little town of Groton, Massachusetts tour guide information. That Tyler Beede pitched on that mound at Lawrence Acadamy. I did, […]

Peter Gammons: The Pirates and the depreciating asset of Gerrit Cole

Gerrit Cole was brilliant Wednesday night. He gave up one bloop single in his first six innings. Then again, since the Pirates’ April 3 opener at Fenway Park, Cole has been consistently brilliant, allowing two earned runs or less in his last seven starts. He is healthy. He is still a power pitcher who averaged […]

Peter Gammons: Pitchers working fast could benefit more than just pace of play

Back in the late 1970’s, Oriole pitchers used to wear t-shirts inspired by George Bamberger and Ray Miller that read, “work fast, throw strikes, change speeds.” Simple. “It still applies,” says John Farrell. When working on a piece on the relationship between Greg Maddux and Eddie Perez, Maddux said, “what Eddie does is get the […]

Peter Gammons: A 1982 tale of Gaylord Perry and a foreign substance

Gaylord Perry was honored in Seattle this past week for his place in Mariner history. Winning his 300th game in the HO-scaled Kingdome, for his place in the Hall of Fame with Junior Griffey and Randy Johnson. When I was covering the Red Sox, a clubhouse worker once gave me a jar of Vaseline from […]

Peter Gammons: Early May check in on Red Sox pitching staff

Anyone who thought Dave Dombrowski essentially tossed blank checks at the Padres and White Sox to get Craig Kimbrel, Drew Pomeranz and Chris Sale had a large antiphonal choir with them. Prospect rankings may been rotisserie fools’ gold in many cases, but Dombrowski emptied some of the stock shelves for the three pitchers. Now, a […]

Peter Gammons: The archaic, arbitrary, and unwritten rules of beaning

Manny Machado made a late, bad slide Friday. He didn’t read the situation, as Dustin Pedroia was stretched out towards Xander Bogaerts, back turned to first base, and had no intention of turning a double play, which should have been obvious to Machado, who slid, leg high, caught the knee Pedroia had surgically repaired in […]

Peter Gammons: The crucial development question: To college or the draft?

We saw how far Dansby Swanson, Alex Bregman, Carlos Rodon and Andrew Benintendi reached in their first full professional seasons, as we did the year before when Kyle Schwarber and Michael Conforto were opposing one another in the NLCS in their first full seasons. This is not to suggest that Kyle Tucker, whom the Astros […]

Peter Gammons: Development of the 2011 Pitching Draft Class

The 2011 draft was supposed to be the pitchers’ draft. UCLA’s Gerrit Cole and Trevor Bauer went one and three, with Virgina’s Danny Hultzen two, before his path of shoulder issues. Then came the three celebrated high school righthanders (Dylan Bundy 4, Archie Bradley 7, Jose Fernandez 15) surrounding Anthony Rendon (6), Francisco Lindor (8), Javier Baez (9) and George […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions (Part II)

Back in time when the Red Sox held spring training in Winter Haven, Florida, on the banks of Lake Lulu in the land of Goat Milk Fudge and the Fossil Museum, a great Boston television sportsman named Bob Lobel would annually drive a player to Lakeland to Madame Christine’s House of Palmistry to try to […]