Peter Gammons: With Pomeranz, Red Sox pitching staff is theoretically set

The cost was an 18-year old pitcher Pedro Martinez called “one guy we cannot trade,” but there is cost attached to finishing last in three of the last four seasons with a starters’ earned run average precipitously close to taking the Fifth. Anderson Espinoza may indeed be a once-in-a-decade talent, a ‘Julio Urias‘ as one […]

Peter Gammons: Red Sox rotation holds strong through April

Funny, Rick Porcello’s salary was not mentioned in the Boston papers Sunday. He’d shut out the Yankees for seven innings Saturday night. He extended his string of pitching his team into the seventh inning to 13, not coincidentally dating back to the first of August when he came off the disabled list and refined his […]

Rationalizing David Price’s Contract

Committing seven years and $217-million to someone who has never been considered the best pitcher in baseball is a risky proposition that leaves a lot of people questioning the landscape of free agency in the MLB. David Price is far from mediocre, he’s a tremendous starter and down the stretch of the year, for the […]

Peter Gammons: David Price signing was about more than just adding an ace

Dave Dombrowski remembers the night of April 22. Brad Ausmus has never forgotten it, because the Tigers manager believes it was the night that defines David Price. The gametime temperature was 38 degrees, with a 15 MPH wind that made it feel as if they were in minus Celsius territory. Snow flurries. When Price hit […]

Peter Gammons: Craig Kimbrel and the Red Sox Pitching Staff

The haul the Padres got for Craig Kimbrel was expensive, as Dave Dombrowski knew it might be. Maybe too much, as Keith Law suggests, because Javier Guerra may be an everyday shortstop, Manuel Margot an everyday center fielder and Logan Allen a major league starting lefthanded pitcher. But reconstructing the Red Sox pitching was always […]

Peter Gammons: Sea of possibilities for Dombrowski in Boston

It isn’t what some think it is with Dave Dombrowski. Remember, when he traded for Max Scherzer, he was 25 and had a 9-15 record in two big league seasons. It wasn’t as if he gave away one of the five greatest lefthanded pitchers in history, Randy Johnson, for 3 ½ months of Mark Langston, […]

Offensively Historic Series at Fenway

If high scores are your thing, you definitely wanted to be at Fenway this past weekend for the 3 game series against the Mariners. Yes, it was a match up of 2 bottom of the barrel teams. Yes, the pitching performance was rookie grade at-best. But with a run total of 45-21 in favor of […]

Coffee and Clippings: A major hand from a minor-leaguer

Derrick Goold (@dgoold) of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch with a telling story of Carlos Martinez and Jonathan Rodriguez of the Cardinals’ organization and the life of a Latino ball player in the Minor Leagues… The Cardinals’ Low-A affiliate, in Quad Cities at the time, was Martinez’s first step out of the Dominican Republic, into the United […]

Coffee and Clippings: How Red Sox teamed up to help Eduardo Rodriguez not tip his pitches

Rob Bradford (@bradfo) of WEEI on how the Red Sox are helping Eduardo Rodriguez to stop tipping his pitches… The issue that plagued Rodriguez against the Orioles — tipping his pitches with runners on base — didn’t seem totally fixed. While he did correct the glove position when in the stretch, which was different in his delivery […]

Coffee and Clippings: The weight is on for Red Sox prospect Henry Owens

Alex Speier (@alexspeier) of the Boston Globe writes that the weight is on for Red Sox pitching prospect Henry Owens… Thus far, Owens has been ready to handle the increased responsibilities that the Sox have put on him. His performance of the last two years – in which he’s posted a combined 28-11 record with […]