Peter Gammons: Some Astro and Marlins thoughts at season’s end

When one runs the streets of Beverly Hills, each driveway has a sign posted that reads: “Beware. Trespassers Will Be Greeted With an Armed Response.” Which might as well be posted at the entrances to Minute Maid Park this Thursday, because while so many of us have placed the burden of expectations on the Indians […]

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 […]

Newberg: Like it’s 1999.

Dig if U will the picture. Think back 17 years, if your baseball experience allows it. It was 1999, and the Texas Rangers, in what was then the most optimistic stretch in franchise history, were once again sent into a circle around the drain by the frustratingly insurmountable New York Yankees. Back in 1996, Texas had beaten […]

Newberg: Bookends and other things that look alike.

  Last year, on this date, the Houston Astros were in the thick of a majestic run of baseball, one that saw them win 14 of 15, the lone setback a one-run loss to Seattle. When that 15-game domination ended on May 3, they were 18-7 overall. It was the best record in the American […]

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 […]

Chap: From the CHUMPS to the CHAMPS?

Here’s what the Yankees received from the franchise that made even Santa blush with the gift giving they gave not just to New York but to other teams as well. Remember Kansas City and Johnny Cueto?   The acquisition of Aroldis Chapman to the Yankees bullpen makes them a legitimate contender to win the AL […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes of December 13, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files – 12/13/15 Chris Davis and Chris Carter must hate Mondays – they each walked nine times and struck out 26 times; Davis hit .193 on Mondays in 2015, while Carter just .096. In 2015, Dallas Keuchel had 25 PA with the bases loaded, the most of any […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: December 6, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files – 12/6/15 Dallas Keuchel and Jeff Samardzija led the majors each with 257 AB for batters the third time through the lineup in a start. Batters hit .268 against Samardzija but only .210 against Keuchel. In the 2013-14 seasons, Jordan Zimmermann faced a total of 16 batters […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: November 22, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files…11/22/15 Prior to 2015, the last batter to hit at least 37 homers and not get hit by a pitch was in 2004 when Moises Alou slammed 39 dingers without getting slammed by a pitch. Last season, David Ortiz hit 37 homers and was not hit once by […]

Much ado about nothing

“A victory is twice itself when the achiever brings home full numbers.” Will Shakespeare (famous baseball writer (?) Much Ado About Nothing – First performed 1612) JERRY: So you’re saying, I go in to NBC, and tell them I got this idea for a show about nothing. GEORGE: We go into NBC. JERRY: “We”? Since […]