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: 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’ […]

Newberg: Triumph-virate.

It was a night of three’s. All three Rangers pitchers were outstanding, particularly starter Martin Perez (7-4-2-2-0-2, 60 strikes out of 79 pitches, first-pitch strikes to 20 of 27 Angels), making a strong statement — at least at the moment — that the club could do worse than deploying Number 33 as its Number Three in the ALDS. Three […]

Jamey Newberg: +1.

David Price, with his insanely strange career mark against the Rangers (3-5, 5.52 in 13 regular season games, plus 1-6, 5.48 in six playoff starts and one relief appearance), by far his lifetime nemesis among teams he’s faced more than a couple times, served up a Shin-Soo Choo home run on his second pitch of the game, […]

Newberg: Fuel injection.

I think I’ve been here before Yes, I’ve been here before The last time you locked All the doors — “Yes I Am,” Radiohead So why does it still hurt? Don’t blow your mind with why — “Bloom,” Radiohead *                               […]

Oh Canada!!

Ever since the Expos left Montreal, the Blue Jays have taken over as the baseball team of choice throughout Canada. With no postseason participation since the early 90’s, October 2015 has moved baseball back to the forefront of Canadian culture. It is now a duty as Canadians to drop everything that you are doing and watch the […]

Coffee and Clippings: Johnny Cueto’s relationship with Kansas City? It’s complicated

Rustin Dodd (@rustindodd) of the Kansas City Star discusses Johnny Cueto’s relationship and future with the Royals… On Tuesday, Cueto conceded that his impending free agency has clouded his thoughts in recent weeks. Has it affected his pitching? It would be impossible to say, but Cueto did not dodge the question. “He’s not going to […]

Can Texas Handle Marcus Stroman’s Ground Game?

When Marcus Stroman crumpled to the grass during spring training, tearing his left ACL while participating in pitcher’s fielding practice, it looked like he wouldn’t get the chance to build upon his superb rookie season for the Toronto Blue Jays (2.84 fielding independent ERA, 3.0 WAR in 130 innings pitched in 2014). Instead, Stroman will […]

Colby Rasmus, Contact Hitter?

Few players in recent years have tantalized and aggravated scouts more than Colby Rasmus. The former top 10 prospect has turned in a pair of All-star caliber performances during his career, including a huge age-23 season for the St. Louis Cardinals in 2010 (132 OPS+ 3.6 WAR) and an even better 2013 campaign with the […]

Coffee and Clippings: The most hated man in NY can turn Mets’ run into a classic

Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the New York Post discusses the Chase Utley narrative as the series reaches a boil… Yes, Utley, at age 36, far closer to the end of his career than the beginning, suddenly finds himself as the most hated man in New York. The term generally doesn’t last long — it could […]