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 […]

Peter Gammons: Quintana crosses town to Wrigleyville, Springer’s MVP shot, and more

The news of the Cubs blockbuster trade featuring Jose Quintana broke around 11 Thursday morning. The phone rang. “So much for the hangovers,” said the major league coach on the other line. “Theo and Jed just dumped a bucket of ice water over the entire clubhouse. What differentiates those guys is that they understand players. They […]

Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions (Part I)

It sounded like a campaign promise when the words “Cubs and Indians World Series” rolled out last April 1, or, perhaps to give it more credence, an April Fool’s joke. It really did happen, like the 1991 last-to-first Twins-Braves series with an unforgettable extra inning seventh game culmination of a memorable World Series. A year […]

Peter Gammons: Quick notes for a Wednesday in January

There’s been a lot of discussion as to whether or not Roger Clemens and Barry Bonds will creep up to the necessary 75% with five more shots on the ballot. But it may not be that easy, because despite their increases, it’s difficult to ascertain how fixed hard-liners that did not vote for them will […]

Peter Gammons: Instant classic as Cubs win World Series

He broke out in a smile, a peaceful, calm smile. It was early on a November morning, the 343rd pitch of the seventh game of one of the most memorable World Series, and the ball Michael Martinez hit squibbled towards him, through wet grass and the tying run sprinting towards second base, and Kris Bryant […]

Bill Chuck: World Series Game One – By The Numbers

World Series Game One – By The Numbers 1 – Kyle Schwarber had one hit last night in his amazing recovery from April surgery; he now has one hit this season in total 2 – Roberto Perez had the first two-homer of his career last night, he also hit the second three-run homer of his career; Perez […]

Peter Gammons: Managing playoff pitching staffs

It may be that we have no idea how the World Series can end before the election if we end up with two- and three-way ties when the regular season ends and the play-ins are supposed to begin, but, the six division champions thought to have been determined, the attention has now begun to focus […]

The 20 pitchers who threw 3300+ pitches in 2015

There are 85 days until Opening Day, 2016. There are only about 35 days until pitchers and catchers report. There is no question that there are plenty of pitchers who are wondering when their arm will feel ready after their work loads of last season. Pressure innings, postseason pitching, accumulation of pitches, types of pitches, […]

Peter Gammons: Cubs’ Leadership Ensures a Merry Christmas in Wrigleyville

It’s easy to understand why John Lackey left St. Louis for the Cubs; Jon Lester is one of his closest friends, everyone who’s ever played with David Ross wants to be re-united, and he had signed with Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer once before. It’s easy to get Ben Zobrist’s decision. Begin with Joe Maddon […]

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 […]