Peter Gammons: A year’s difference makes all the difference for Rich Hill

When Rich Hill awakened to the morning after his Wednesday Dodger debut, he tried to remember where he was on August 24th last year. “I know I was in Pawtucket,” he says, with no recollection of whether or not he pitched. Which he did not. A year ago Wednesday he probably threw a bullpen in […]

Trade Paparazzis

One rule change that baseball has improved is the July 31 trade deadline. It has made the month of July an exciting month  pennant races finally coming into focus  for players on the field,  fans in  the stands, the media in the press box and bloggers on  the internet.  Baseball is the one  sport that is arguably more defined  […]

Peter Gammons: All Star Game pitching leaves something to be desired

SAN DIEGO—The All Star Game is really Coachella, or, if you missed that, October’s Desert Trip in Indio, CA. It matters because it is a three day festival, especially when you get San Diego weather (remind me: why don’t I live here?), the sport’s most underappreciated great park (thank you, Larry Lucchino, as you and […]

Peter Gammons: The lost game of pepper, Astros’ analytical approach, chess, and more

Ted Williams used to play pepper almost every day, for what he said was the feel of manipulating the bat and getting the daily feel of exacting the barrel of the bat to the ball. Yet, for a number of reasons like complaints by ground crews that players dug up the grass with their games, […]

Peter Gammons: The modest, humble, and ego free teammate, Mike Trout

By the time there was ten days remaining in spring training, Mike Morin thought he’d make it out  of Arizona in the Angels bullpen, but he didn’t know it, not for certain. He was coming off a year in which he, Mike Scioscia and Billy Eppler understood that his peripheral numbers belied his 6.37 earned run […]

Peter Gammons: Dave Roberts and Dodgers in reset mode

GLENDALE, Ariz.—At one point, Dave Roberts was experimenting with Andre Ethier leading off against righthanders, not exactly Dee Gordon, but an idea. “You can’t always have a guy who gets on base 40 percent of the time and steals 50 bases,” said Roberts. “You make the best of what you have.” Of the last 10 […]

Understanding, Appreciating Dallas Keuchel’s Defensive Prowess

For the next five seconds, I want you to close your eyes and think about Dallas Keuchel. Seriously. I mean, really think. Now, what things, specifically, came to mind? Physically, perhaps you envisioned the one thing that makes him most recognizable amongst his peers: The Beard! If not his physical attributes, then perhaps you envisioned some of his esteemed […]

Collin McHugh and the Value of Fastball Elevation

Collin McHugh, by the standards he set in 2014, did not have a particularly good campaign in 2015. Though he eclipsed the 200-inning plateau for the first time in his career and came but one winning decision shy of becoming just the second 20-game winner in the last decade of Astros baseball, his baseline and peripheral statistics […]

The 20 pitchers who threw 3300+ pitches in 2015

There are 85 days until Opening Day, 2016. There are only about 35 days until pitchers and catchers report. There is no question that there are plenty of pitchers who are wondering when their arm will feel ready after their work loads of last season. Pressure innings, postseason pitching, accumulation of pitches, types of pitches, […]

In 2015, there were the fewest complete games ever

There were 104 complete games thrown in 2015, the fewest ever thrown. Is it any wonder that there is so much interest in bullpen pitchers this Hot Stove season? The last season in which at least 300 complete games were thrown was 1998 when there were 302. Here are the 21 seasons with the fewest […]