Peter Gammons: Austin Filiere, future third baseman/general manager from MIT

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology was the starting place for Benjamin Netanyahu, Ben Bernacke, Christina Romer, Lawrence Summers and founders of more than 25,000 companies. It has had more than 85 Nobel Laureates, 34 astronauts, 65 Marshall Scholars, 45 Rhodes Scholars, 38 McArthur Fellows, one Major League Baseball general manager (Farhan Zaidi, Dodgers) and one […]

Xander Bogaerts, Defensive Shifts, and the State of the Pulled Ball

Here’s something you probably already knew: Xander Bogaerts is pretty good at this baseball thing. He’s good at it on a number of levels, both offensively and defensively, and that’s been the case for quite some time now. Of course, from a statistical vantage point, Bogaerts only very recently — last year, in fact — became pretty good […]

AAAA journeyman Rich Hill finds his stuff in Boston

A few months ago, Rich Hill‘s ambitions for the 2015 season had to be pretty modest. The 35-year-old lefty, cut loose from affiliated ball when the Washington Nationals released him in June, latched on with the Long Island Ducks. Maybe he’d perform well enough to get another look at the Triple-A level, in hopes of […]

The Red Sox gamble on Koji Uehara

I can’t say that I’m surprised that re-signed Koji Uehara, I must admit that I was surprised how quickly they inked the deal and that it was a two-year contract for $18 million. Koji had been working on a two-year, $9.25 million contract and had the Sox torn it up before the start of the […]

Nearing 40, Uehara Showing Few Signs of Decline

Koji Uehara is 39 years old, he needs gale-force winds at his back to reach 90 on the radar gun, and the slightly-built righty could seemingly be toppled by a modest breeze. None of that has stopped Red Sox closer from eviscerating hitters since he reached Boston, compiling the highest strikeout-to-walk ratio (10.65) and the […]

A’s Aces and their Out Pitches

In a quest to prove his, um, stuff, works in the playoffs, Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane has assembled a dastardly starting rotation. With free agent mercenary Jon Lester and fellow trade acquisition Jeff Samardzija joining holdovers Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir, the green and gold now feature four of the game’s top twenty starters […]

Allen Craig Must Reclaim Inner Part of the Plate

The Red Sox unloaded plenty of veterans at the trade deadline — Jon Lester, John Lackey, Stephen Drew, Jonny Gomes, Andrew Miller and Felix Doubront among them — but they didn’t load up on top prospects like most clubs headed for a last-place finish. Rather, the Sox retooled by adding in-their-prime players who can potentially […]

OBP is at its lowest level in over 40 years

  Bill James and Moneyball educated the baseball world on the value of On Base Percentage (OBP) and it has become an integral part of the baseball vernacular ever since. In a 2008 report for 60 Minutes on James, Bob Costas reported: Like batting averages: the oldest way to measure a hitter, James believed that […]

Can Will Middlebrooks deliver for the Boston Red Sox?

Chris Moran is a second-year law student at Washington University in St. Louis. He is also an assistant coach with the baseball team at Washington University. He graduated from Wheaton College, where he wore the tools of ignorance for the baseball team. Follow him on twitter @hangingslurves. After a promising rookie year where he hit .288/.325/.509 […]

Pitches per Plate Appearance

It may surprise you to learn that no batter has seen more pitches than the Cardinals’ David Freese in the first five games of this World Series. Granted, Freese has not had the kind of Series that he had in 2011 when he was the Series MVP, but at least he has worked the count […]