Peter Gammons: Buying and developing starters in an inefficient market

We all get it. There is Chris Sale and Corey Kluber, Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner, when they are healthy, but wins are not what they were when Bob Welch won 27. But begin an analytical lecture with the Astros, because they used the first pick in two drafts to take Mark Appel and Brady […]

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: Postseason bullpen management proves more crucial than ever

Don’t even try to explain bloody drones and seven relievers to win one game, or how Clayton Kershaw can save one game and come back 48 hours later and throw seven shutout innings in another, or how the two best regular season teams in the American League could  not win a division series game. It […]

This season’s 55 walkoff homers

We regard any play that permits the winning run to score to classify as a “walkoff” these days, kind of like how any scandal is accorded the suffix “-gate.” But the walkoffs that are both cherished and despised, and originally named by the great Dennis Eckersley, are the walkoff homers. There have been 55 of […]