Peter Gammons: Astros reload for 2018 run with Cole trade

The Astros are World Champions, partly because their position players are young and intrepid and love the runway, and, by the way, they hammer fastballs so well they led the major leagues in runs and OPS. When they acquired Justin Verlander they likely assured that championship, that guy for whom the walk to the mound […]

Videos: Peter joins MLB Network in LA before Game 1

Peter joins High Heat to give some perspective on the Astros-Dodgers World Series matchup… Peter joins MLB Now before Game 1 to talk about the World Series featuring two 100-win teams… Peter discusses the connection between Dave Roberts and Alex Cora as well as the emergence of the Astros’ young stars…

Postseason innings count! The ten pitchers with 225+ IP in 2015

The 2015 season is officially over but for some pitchers the ache in their arms from throwing a lot of innings remains. In some cases, it’s not the number of innings pitched, number of pitches thrown, or the number of stressful pitches thrown, for many pitchers, young or old, in 2015 they simply threw more […]

Ultimate Quality Starts Leaders

A Quality Start (at least six innings and no more than three earned runs) has become so ordinary that a pitching who doesn’t throw one, has simply pitched a bad game. That is why two years ago I created the Ultimate Quality Start that counts the games that a starter has thrown at least seven […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: August 16, 2015

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files Zack Greinke leads the majors with nine scoreless starts; Kevin Siegrist and Javier Lopez lead all relievers with 51 scoreless appearances. In Jose Reyes’ career, he has played in 768 wins and 760 losses; he’s hit .324 in wins and .254 in losses. Free agent to-be Chris Davis […]

MLB Leaders since June 1

Nine to Know: ERA leaders since June 1 G IP H ER ERA 1. Clayton Kershaw (LAD) 11 82.1 47 11 1.20 2. Scott Kazmir (HOU) 11 71.1 49 11 1.38 3. Jacob deGrom (NYM) 10 70.0 40 12 1.54 4. Zack Greinke (LAD) 12 85.0 59 18 1.90 5. Jake Arrieta (CHC) 12 82.1 […]

The back end of the game (7-9th innings)

The Orioles scored eight times in the 8th inning of Game 1 of the ALDS as the O’s ended up coasting to a 12-3 victory. At one point, I thought Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus would call in the planes that put out wildfires in California, but then I realized that the flame retardant that they […]

Double playing around

The double play is a dual-edged sword, if your pitcher throws one, you love the DP, but if your batter hits one, you loath it. Let’s look at both. Pitchers who produce double plays Nine to Know: Defensive Double Plays by teams G PA 1. Colorado Rockies 85 136 2. Chicago White Sox 83 136 […]

Multiple-pitcher shutouts

Yesterday afternoon, the Giants’ Tim Lincecum combined with George Kontos, Jeremy Affeldt, Jean Machi, Juan Guttieriez, and Javier Lopez on a two-hit 5-0 win over the Chicago Cubs. This came the day after The Giants’ Tim Hudson combined with Affeldt and Machi to shut out the Cubs, 7-0. The Giants now have four shutouts on […]