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 […]

Peter Gammons: Keeping up with the Cubs and Indians

Dave Cameron did a fascinating piece on FanGraphs comparing the youthful talent of the Cubs to past youth-dominated powerhouses like the 1978 Expos and 1975 Red Sox, and over the next five years one of the story lines will be how Theo Epstein, Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod, et al add, subtract, construct and re-construct this […]

The Rays Rotation has a New Philosophy

Organizationally, the Rays always seem to have a knack for doing things a bit differently. Some of it might boil down to necessity, given Tampa’s small market size and comparably small payroll to the rest of the league, but there’s something admirable about how the Rays — perhaps largely due to Joe Maddon — constantly appear […]

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 […]

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 […]

Noah Syndergaard’s Most Important Postseason Pitch

Game one the highly anticipated NLDS series between the Mets and Dodgers, as you may have heard, is scheduled for this Friday at 9:30 p.m. ET at Chavez Ravine. Related to that topic, as you also may have heard, have been these words uttered by one young, confident New York baseball thrower a few days ago. “I […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) TIGERS 7, ORIOLES 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Orioles 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) ANGELS 7, MARINERS 3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E – – – – – – – – – – — – Angels 0 0 3 1 0 2 1 […]

Around the majors report: Game recaps

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. 1) YANKEES 7, RAYS 5 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 R H E – – – – – – – – – — — — – — – Rays 2 […]