Why Aren’t Teams Shifting Daniel Murphy?

Daniel Murphy is one of the best hitters in baseball this season. You know it. I know it. Murphy knows it. The Nationals, who signed him to what now looks like a historic bargain of a three-year, $37.5 million contact this winter, certainly know it. If you somehow don’t know it, though, allow me to give a quick […]

Is Ben Zobrist worth it long-term?

The NY Mets have a few holes that need to be filled and signing Ben Zobrist could remedy those woes. The problem, however, lies within Zobrist’s age and the contract he’s expected to receive. Versatile utility men who in essence play at least five positions while possessing a career .355 OBP are always in demand. […]

Peter Gammons: Matt Harvey was The Guy

In the end, Matt Harvey was The Guy. Tired, from 216 innings coming off Tommy John Surgery, and a month of having his heart diagnosed and re-diagnosed because of concerns raised by his agent who feared for his future; on Friday, he admitted he was “frustrated” by the lack of propulsion on his fastball that […]

Sunday Nine to Notes: November 1, 2015

As the Sports Illustrated cover curse hits the Mets’ Daniel Murphy, here’s the latest from the Files… Nine to Know from the Bill Chuck Files – November 1, 2015 Royals pitching coach Dave Eiland is the only pitcher to allow a homer to the first batter he faced and homer in his first at bat. […]

Acknowledging the Royals’ Extraordinary Late-Game Postseason Production

If someone in your peer group attempts to justify that this year’s World Series doesn’t (and/or won’t) feature a flurry of intriguing story-lines, nail-biting matchups or thought-provoking Harold Reynolds quotes from beginning to end, don’t listen. That person is factually wrong. The Royals and Mets arrived at this point through distinct avenues; avenues, it just so happens, […]

Peter Gammons: Daniel Murphy and Power Pitching Send Mets to World Series

CHICAGO—The Cubs never even had a lead in the series, a Cubs team with five rookies and won 101 games. Daniel Murphy became, in Curtis Granderson’s words, “Babe Ruth,” and the Mets pounded the underbelly of Chicago’s bullpen, ran the bases like they were sons of WhiteyBall and when David Wright leaped to spear a […]

In-Depth Look At Daniel Murphy’s Historic Run

A career .279/.321/.416 batter over 6 MLB seasons with the Mets, Daniel Murphy had proven that he belonged in the heart of a MLB batting order. However, after averaging 11 home runs a year going into the 2015 postseason, it is fair to say that no one ever dreamed he would have 7 dingers in […]

Coffee and Clippings: On this day 40 years ago, Fenway was a magic kingdom

Dan Shaughnessy (@Dan_Shaughnessy) of the Boston Globe gives a personal look back on one of the greatest moments in Red Sox and World Series history, 40 years to the date… In the middle of the baseball bacchanal, the Globe office called looking for Gammons, who was always good for three stories and 2,500 words a […]

deGrom Stays Low, Shines in NLCS Game 3

The New York Mets took a 3-0 lead over the Chicago Cubs in the NLCS on Tuesday night, thanks to even more postseason heroics from Daniel Murphy (who hit his sixth homer this October) and some well-timed Bartman/Billy Goat voodoo (Chicago’s Trevor Cahill recorded what should have been an inning-ending strikeout with a runner on […]

Postseason Offensive Leaders

Qualifying: 20 Plate Appearances AVG: OBP: SLUG: OPS:    HR: RBI: