Peter Gammons: David Price’s anticipated return to the bullpen

In his two simulated game outings during the week, there was a sense of normalcy to David Price. He was animated and enthusiastic. The other four Red Sox starting pitchers came out from the clubhouse to watch, a symbolic gesture of team solidarity for which Price had always been known in Tampa and Detroit and Toronto. […]

Peter Gammons: Verlander, Price, Otani, Marlins’ ownership, and more Friday notes

The day the Astros acquired Justin Verlander, they aligned their starting pitching so that if they needed to win on the final day of the season, he would pitch that game in Boston. What they never foresaw was that as it now stands, the Indians would have home field advantage on through, which means that if […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 ASG was fun and the way the event should be

How the 1981 All Star Game ended really didn’t matter. There was no twitter, no television or radio sport shock-talk, no blogs, so when American League manager Jim Frey had to bat Blue Jays pitcher Dave Stieb in the ninth inning with one out and none on down a run in the bottom of the ninth inning, there were […]

Peter Gammons: State of the MLB at the Summer Solstice

The Summer Solstice arrived and the sun rose on Buzzard’s Bay on three remarkable facts: –Two rookies named Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger led their leagues in home runs, 46 between them, and Bellinger didn’t make it to Los Angeles until April 25; –The three best records and widest run differentials in the National League […]

Peter Gammons: Early May check in on Red Sox pitching staff

Anyone who thought Dave Dombrowski essentially tossed blank checks at the Padres and White Sox to get Craig Kimbrel, Drew Pomeranz and Chris Sale had a large antiphonal choir with them. Prospect rankings may been rotisserie fools’ gold in many cases, but Dombrowski emptied some of the stock shelves for the three pitchers. Now, a […]

Peter Gammons: Chris Sale trade, Red Sox are officially all in

Make no mistake, the Red Sox are all in. They gave up seven young players, three of them among their very best. But while they need to replace David Ortiz‘s presence and production and have told Jose Bautista‘s agent they cannot go above the luxury tax threshold even on a one year deal, they have, […]

Peter Gammons: Developed relievers making the difference

In the end, the cost is never knowing. Back on August 18th, the Red Sox were coming off a rain-delayed night game in Baltimore. Flew to Detroit, landed at 6 a.m. and courtesy of whatever Tiger ownership still felt a year after firing Dave Dombrowski scheduled a 1:05 game—the only beloved Thursday afternoon game scheduled […]

Previewing 2016’s Best Fastballs with Saber-Scout Pitch f/x

Around this time last season, I wrote about the most untouchable pitches in baseball throughout 2014. I don’t usually like to toot my own horn around these parts, but I will today, because I had a dandy of a time writing it, and I feel like it’s one of the best pieces of work I’ve […]

Peter Gammons: Bullpen proves vital as pendulum of dominance continues toward pitching

The concern is that every night around 9 p.m. local time that games come to a halt. Ups, downs, trips to the mound, stalls, left-on-left for one batter, right-on-right for the next, and if they increase rosters to 28, some managers would simply carry 15 pitchers and Major League Baseball would become winter ball. Not […]

Coffee and Clippings: Mozeliak says Cards no longer looking for ‘dynamic signing’

Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch spotlights Cardinals’ GM John Mozeliak as he claims they are no longer looking for a star free agent… Cardinals general manager John Mozeliak, two days removed from Jason Heyward’s decision to sign with the rival Chicago Cubs, said Sunday that his front office does not intend to speed […]