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: 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: Kansas City looks to cope as more tragedy touches the game

Any premature death is tragic, be it a former baseball phenom like Andy Marte, a 30 year old man trapped inside his Mississippi trailer home in yesterday’s tornadoes, a 23 year old Stradivarius of a pitcher named Jose Fernandez, or a 25 year old kid named Yordano Ventura. Many of remember how distraught Ventura was […]

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: Instant classic as Cubs win World Series

He broke out in a smile, a peaceful, calm smile. It was early on a November morning, the 343rd pitch of the seventh game of one of the most memorable World Series, and the ball Michael Martinez hit squibbled towards him, through wet grass and the tying run sprinting towards second base, and Kris Bryant […]

Peter Gammons: State of the Royals, scouting bullpen prospects, and the 2016 draft

Whit Merrifield, Paulo Orlando and Drew Butera were in the starting lineup Wednesday night when the Royals beat the Rays and culminated a 6-0 homestand in which they scored seven runs in the ninth inning to beat the White Sox 8-7 in one game, were down 5-1 and scored six runs in the sixth, seventh […]

Peter Gammons: Old deals forcing Nationals to stay idle in the market

As folks in Washington were shut-ins because of the snow, they spent the weekend wondering why players aren’t being signed by the Nationals. The failure of the Nationals this winter to sign a number of free agents—from Yoenis Cespedes to Jason Heyward, Ben Zobrist to Darren O’Day—can be traced back to the MASN deal Major […]

Peter Gammons: Cubs’ Leadership Ensures a Merry Christmas in Wrigleyville

It’s easy to understand why John Lackey left St. Louis for the Cubs; Jon Lester is one of his closest friends, everyone who’s ever played with David Ross wants to be re-united, and he had signed with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer once before. It’s easy to get Ben Zobrist’s decision. Begin with Joe Maddon […]

Is Ben Zobrist worth it long-term?

The NY Mets have a few holes that need to be filled and signing Ben Zobrist could remedy those woes. The problem, however, lies within Zobrist’s age and the contract he’s expected to receive. Versatile utility men who in essence play at least five positions while possessing a career .355 OBP are always in demand. […]

Coffee and Clippings: Mets reach out to Ben Zobrist — but Yankees likely scared off

Dan Martin (@DanMartin_Post) and Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the New York Post discuss the Mets’ courting of free agent Ben Zobrist… According to industry sources, the Yankees aren’t willing to spend as much as Zobrist likely will receive on the market, even if he does fill a need in the infield and is a switch […]