Peter Gammons: Verlander, Price, Otani, Marlins’ ownership, and more Friday notes

The day the Astros acquired Justin Verlander, they aligned their starting pitching so that if they needed to win on the final day of the season, he would pitch that game in Boston. What they never foresaw was that as it now stands, the Indians would have home field advantage on through, which means that if […]

Peter Gammons: Reflection of Hall of Fame inductees Tim Raines and Jeff Bagwell

Tim Raines signs HOF after his name, the second greatest leadoff hitter in history, a man who reached base more often than Tony Gwynn or Roberto Clemente. So does Jeff Bagwell, who statistically is one of the six best first basemen ever, second only behind Albert Pujols since World War II. And Pudge Rodriguez, one […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/10/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/10/16 Last season, Boston’s Rusney Castillo banged into 11 double plays in 55 opportunities; over the last three seasons, Colby Rasmus has hit into 11 DPs in 250 opportunities. In 2014, Salvador Perez hit .260 with 70 RBI and one stolen base. In 2015, Perez hit […]

The 2015 Jesse Orosco Award

Relievers with the most appearances in which they did not allow a baserunner in 2015 “Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.” – Vince Lombardi We really never expect perfection from starting pitchers, but we demand it from relievers. And why shouldn’t we? After all, a reliever’s job is […]

Peter Gammons: Matt Harvey poised for the big stage

​NEW YORK—Citi Fields’s coming out party was the 2013 All Star Game. It was, of course, a farewell tribute to the great Mariano Rivera, an emotional ode to what Mariano had meant to the game and to New York baseball since Carlos Correa was seven months old. ​That night was also the light at the […]

Peter Gammons: Miller heads to the Bronx; Will Lester return to Boston?

On the off day between the 2013 ALDS and ALCS, Andrew Miller, cast on his foot from a break he suffered in July, hobbled by the batting cage, clearly uneasy, uncomfortable. “I’m thinking maybe I should go home,” he said. “I’m not helping the team. They’re playing, I’m not.” And hobbled off. A few minutes […]

Betances ties Rivera

Perhaps one of the reasons that Mariano Rivera maintained his greatness for so long was that he understood the power of pitching to contact. He understood that getting his opponents to pop out or weakly ground out as their bats shattered saved a lot of wear and tear on his arm. This is not say […]

September 25 should be Derek Jeter’s final game

Ted Williams‘ final game was Wednesday, September 28, 1960 at Fenway Park. On Friday, September 30, 1960, the Red Sox, without Williams in the lineup, went to New York and were swept in a three-game set against the Yankees, who ended their regular season with a 15-game winning streak. Mariano Rivera‘s final game was Thursday, […]

Peter Gammons: How Wade Davis’ year compares to Mariano Rivera’s 1996 season

No one is claiming that Wade Davis is Mariano Rivera Redux. But look at the numerical comparison between Rivera’s breakout 1996 season in middle relief and Davis’s season for the Royals. Granted, Rivera had a far heavier workload under Joe Torre than a more cautious use of Davis by Ned Yost. Yet, it is interesting. […]

David Robertson’s 21-straight saves

Pitching on extra rest, Hiroki Kuroda pitched into the 7th inning as the Yankees topped the Rays, 4-2. David Robertson earned his 33rd save of the season and his 21st in a row. Nine to Know: Longest save streaks of 2014 Rk Name Strk Start End Games IP H R ER BB SO HR Tm […]