Peter Gammons: 2017 Predictions (Part II)

Back in time when the Red Sox held spring training in Winter Haven, Florida, on the banks of Lake Lulu in the land of Goat Milk Fudge and the Fossil Museum, a great Boston television sportsman named Bob Lobel would annually drive a player to Lakeland to Madame Christine’s House of Palmistry to try to […]

Previewing 2016’s Best Fastballs with Saber-Scout Pitch f/x

Around this time last season, I wrote about the most untouchable pitches in baseball throughout 2014. I don’t usually like to toot my own horn around these parts, but I will today, because I had a dandy of a time writing it, and I feel like it’s one of the best pieces of work I’ve […]

Peter Gammons: National League East Outlook

There is no PECOTA or simulation that knows whether David Wright’s legs will be strong again, or whether Wright’s teenage sidekick Ryan Zimmerman can play 140 games, Jose Fernandez can make 30 starts, and Giancarlo Stanton gets 600 plate appearances. Look, we know that in a National League whose teams are separate but far from equal—and […]

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 […]

Travis d’Arnaud Another Young Gem for the Mets

When it comes to young talent in Queens, the conversation usually turns to the Mets’ quartet of power pitchers in the starting rotation (Matt Harvey, Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Steven Matz) or outfielder Michael Conforto, who transformed from an Oregon State Beaver to one of the game’s best rookie sluggers (132 OPS+ during the regular […]

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 […]

Coffee and Clippings: Royals are World Series champs

Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) of the Kansas City Star wraps up the World Series as the Royals are once again World Champions…. The win followed a blueprint authored by this club all postseason. The Royals collected their eighth comeback victory, and their sixth with a multiple-run deficit. Silent for eight innings, the team conquered Matt Harvey […]

Peter Gammons: What wins championships, Mattingly and the Marlins’ infrastructure

KANSAS CITY—There are no absolutes, no right way to get to the World Series. Of course the best way to build a pitching staff is with great arms of the deGrom, Harvey, Syndergaard, Matz, Familia and Wheeler school that overwhelmed both the Dodgers and Cubs. Easier thought than found. And, of course, it makes sense in […]

Royals Equipped to Handle the Heat

From Alcides Escobar‘s leadoff inside-the-park homer on a 95 MPH Matt Harvey four-seamer to Alex Gordon‘s game-tying shot in the ninth off a 97 MPH Jeurys Familia sinker, the Royals proved one thing while defeating the Mets in the longest Game One in World Series history: They can handle the heat. Today’s game is increasingly […]

Video: Peter Gammons and Brian Kenny prior to Game 1

Peter Gammons sits down with Brian Kenny at Kauffman Stadium prior to Game ! of the World Series to talk about Matt Harvey feeling strong, Bartolo Colon having an impact from the bullpen, Lorenzo Cain’s baserunning, and more