Coffee and Clippings: Middlebrooks’ Role with the Sox

Tim Britton (@TimBritton) of the Providence Journal examines Will Middlebrooks’ return to the Sox lineup… With Will Middlebrooks’ promotion to the major leagues last week, the Red Sox gained some stability at third base. The position, though, remains an open question as Boston enters the home stretch of the season. Middlebrooks reclaimed his starting spot at the hot […]

Coffee and Clippings: Miguel Cabrera’s Monster Year

ESPN’s David Schoenfield (@dschoenfield) breaks down Miguel Cabrera’s phenomenal season… So far he’s raised his batting 36 points, his on-base percentage 66 points and his slugging percentage 84 points. His advanced metrics — OPS, park- and league-adjusted OPS, weighted on-base average and wRC+, essentially a park- and league-adjusted version of wOBA — all correspond with that. […]

Coffee and Clippings: Tough Times for Drake Britton

One article to share so far… Tim Britton (@TimBritton) of the Providence Journal discusses rookie Drake Britton’s path to a reliever in the majors… For the better part of a month, Britton has excelled in his new role as a major-league reliever. He didn’t allow a run in his first nine innings. Entering Sunday, he […]

Coffee and Clippings; Striking a Chord with Peavy

Michael Silverman (@MikeSilvermanBB) from the Boston Herald looks at Jake Peavy beyond the box score… Anyone who has ever watched Bruce Springsteen perform live can appreciate this: Every time Jake Peavy steps on a mound for a start, he tries to duplicate the passion and intensity and good times of a Springsteen concert. The results […]

Coffee and Clippings: Rios to the Rangers

Bob Cook (@notgoingpro), a contributor, highlights something special going on in Chicago… If Chicago’s Jackie Robinson West wins its game Sat., Aug. 10, against Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores, Mich., it will go back to the Little League World Series for the first time since 1983  – and instantly become the biggest story in South Williamsport, Pa. That’s because while Major League Baseball […]

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Here is a quick look at Peter Gammons’ stories for the day… Eduardo A. Encina (@EddieInTheYard) of the Washington Post takes a close look at Manny Machado’s first full season in the Majors. “When the Orioles promoted Machado straight from Class AA Bowie, they did so hoping he would fortify their defense at third base while allowing […]

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Here is a quick look at Peter Gammons’ stories for the day… Evan Drellich (@EvanDrellich) of MassLive takes a close look at Steven Wright’s first start for the Boston Red Sox. “Sometimes you just can’t find it,” Sparks said. “Everybody goes out there on a day, whether it’s a conventional guy or a knuckleball guy, you just […]