Peter Gammons: Notes from early March

PHOENIX—Bryan Shaw has pitched in more games the last four years than anyone, 299, plus 11 more this past October. Cody Allen is fourth with 290 appearances, in addition to 11 more in the last post-season. Think back to what the Indians bullpen did this fall to get to extra innings in Game Seven of […]

Peter Gammons: Keeping up with the Cubs and Indians

Dave Cameron did a fascinating piece on FanGraphs comparing the youthful talent of the Cubs to past youth-dominated powerhouses like the 1978 Expos and 1975 Red Sox, and over the next five years one of the story lines will be how Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, et al add, subtract, construct and re-construct this […]

Peter Gammons: The 2011 MLB Draft, 5 years later

It’s been five years since that draft, which is approximately the time teams should realistically wait before assessing the MLB amateur draft. That 2011 draft was historically good, as Gerrit Cole was the first pick and Jose Fernandez the 15th and they were—and are—prodigies. The first round included Anthony Rendon, Francisco Lindor, George Springer, Sonny […]

2015 RBI Leaders by Batting Order Positions and by Innings

Nine to Know: RBI Leaders by Batting Order Position* Leading off – Mookie Betts – 69 Batting second – Josh Donaldson – 113 Batting third – Jose Bautista – 108 Clean-up batters – Edwin Encarnacion – 100 Batting fifth – Kendrys Morales – 86 Batting sixth – Russell Martin – 47 Batting seventh – Nick […]

Peter Gammons: Dust still settling over the Jason Heyward deal

It all began with a happy day, a press conference to celebrate Jason Heyward’s eight year, $184M signing with the Cubs. Because he left more money on the table from the Cardinals to leave St. Louis and joined John Lackey in Chicago, there was bound to be a National League Central rivalry element to the story, […]

The NL Central Championship

Here we sit just hours before the first pitch of the 2015 NL Wild Card Game, a game that is supposed to host 2 teams on the bottom end of the playoff spectrum as they cling desperately to their playoff hopes. The only difference is that this year the teams are 2 of the best […]

With Cole Pitching Wild Card Game, Bucs Aren’t Merely Arrieta’s Next Prey

With the Pirates no longer in the running for the NL Central crown, a pall has seemingly been cast over PNC Park. Sure, the Bucs are playoff-bound for a third straight season — a once-unfathomable prospect for a team that set a record for the most consecutive losing seasons in North American sports history from […]

Coffee and Clippings: Rizzo for MVP? One stat shows his value best

The good people at ESPN Stats & Information (@ESPNStatsInfo) discuss the impact timely hits might have on Anthony Rizzo’s MVP chances… Those are the type of hits Rizzo has been getting this season. He leads the major leagues in the advanced stat Win Probability Added, which measures every plate appearance by a player based on how much […]

Friday Six Pack: Iwakuma’s No-No, Blue Jays, D. Jennings, Leaping Rizzo, Schwarber, Puig

It’s been about a year since I’ve ended the week with a Gammons Daily Friday Six Pack. Whether you’ve experienced the 7th inning stretch here on the site or not, I hope you enjoy the renewal of what I consider an appropriate excuse from your responsibilities. Iwakuma tosses no-hitter So the main story of the […]

Coffee and Clippings: Juan Uribe brings the fun – and veteran leadership – to Mets locker room

Anthony McCarron (@AnthonyMcCarron) of the NY Daily News talks about Juan Uribe’s positive impact on the 1st place Mets… Even without all the on-field stuff — his RBI was the third game-winner he’s had since joining the Mets a few weeks ago — Uribe is the kind of contributor a manager adores, something deeper than […]