Peter Gammons: Cora and Red Sox in search of identity for 2018 and beyond

It wasn’t as if the Red Sox 2017 season was 1965 all over again. They won 93 games and the division for the second year in a row. But even as they tried to battle back against the World Champion Astros in the ALDS, there was something that felt as if the team had some […]

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 […]

Banging into the inning-ending double play

The inning-ending double play elicits joy from the defensive team’s fans and groans from the team at the plate. No team hit into fewer inning-ending DPs than the Astros or more than the Mariners Inning-ending DPs, by team G PA 1. Houston Astros 51 66 2. Chicago Cubs 54 70 3. Philadelphia Phillies 60 71 […]

What the heck were they doing with Jackie Bradley this year?

By now the narrative on Jackie Bradley Jr. for 2015 is ‘he should have been in uniform from opening day’. But that was not the case. Perhaps the game’s best defensive outfielder, Bradley seemed to be held back by his struggling bat going into 2015. Despite a .375 BA in spring training this year, Bradley found it tough […]

Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files, Sunday, August 9

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files In June, Chris Sale made six starts and in 44.1 IP he struck out 75, had an ERA of 1.83, and a .176 BAA. In six starts since, Sale has pitched 39.2 innings, struck out 45 with an ERA of 5.22 and a .296 BAA. The Blue […]

Coffee and Clippings: Nearly two years out of baseball, Jurickson Profar facing tough road back

Gerry Fraley (@gfraley) of the Dallas Morning News writes that after nearly two years out of baseball, Rangers prospect Jurickson Profar is faced with a difficult recovery… The wait for the next major league game by Jurickson Profar, the Rangers’ gifted middle infielder, is going to drag on for a while. Profar on Tuesday will […]

Around the majors report: News report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) The Pirates placed 3B Josh Harrison on the 15 day DL. Harrison has torn ligaments in his left thumb and is expected to miss about 6 weeks. YEAR AGE TRAA RCAA FRAA OBA SLG OPS OWP […]

Peter Gammons: Two players for whom the second half is very important to their future

As this weekend was the midway point of the season, here are two players for whom the second half is very important. David Ortiz For nearly a month, Ortiz has been chastising media members for suggesting that at 39 age has caught up on him. He argued that he was struggling with his mechanics, the […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) BRAVES 2, NATIONALS 1 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Nationals 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 […]

Around the majors report: Stats report

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) Yankees DH Alex Rodriguez set the major league record for hits by a player whose first name starts with A and is 5th vs. the league average. (Complete Baseball Encyclopedia,) Rodriguez moved into 9th place for […]