Video: Peter Gammons on Kershaw, the Pirates and Mets’ playoff chances, and more

Peter Gammons joins Lauren Shehadi and MLB Central on MLB Network to discuss Clayton Kershaw, the Pirates’ playoff chances and if the Mets can make a run

New York State of Mind

The Mets are really still the “Mess” .Overshadowed by their acquisition of Yoenis Cespedes at the trade deadline last July is the fact that the Mets have really been a mediocre team despite having a starting pitching staff that has the potential to rival any of the great ones that come to mind immediately: Cleveland 1950s, Atlanta 1990s. With […]

Coffee and Clippings: The most hated man in NY can turn Mets’ run into a classic

Ken Davidoff (@KenDavidoff) of the New York Post discusses the Chase Utley narrative as the series reaches a boil… Yes, Utley, at age 36, far closer to the end of his career than the beginning, suddenly finds himself as the most hated man in New York. The term generally doesn’t last long — it could […]

Newberg: Closer

Jerad Eickhoff went 3-3, 2.65 in eight starts, with really good peripherals, for a Phillies club looking to find a new identity.  He looks like a guy who can pitch in the middle of a big league rotation right now, super affordably. Alec Asher didn’t fare as well in his big league debut (0-6, 9.31 in […]

Newberg: Tight

Back home for the duration, facing the second-worst team in the American League, your warrior-beast on the mound, and that happens. Meanwhile, the Astros win by one run and the Angels win by one run and, hell, even the Twins won, though by a cushiony two-run margin. It’s a bad movie script. Tip of the cap […]

Newberg: 3.0

Some of you have asked why I haven’t started up with the Magic Number countdown. I suppose it’s because of the way this season has gone.  It’s been an incredible six-month battle, starting with the news that Yu Darvish would be lost for the season and leading to a second straight year in which the Rangers have lost — by far — the most games to […]

Temperatures Rising

Even though many of the races appear to be over, recent history would indicate that some of the leaders could spiral into a tailspin and wind up in the wildcard spot or worse out of the playoffs completely. As that famous baseball philosopher Yogi Berra says, “It ain’t over til it’s over” Houston, one of the surprise teams […]

Newberg: Draw

Taijuan Walker had bedeviled the Rangers twice this season in Texas, scattering three runs in 13 innings, and then last night he retired the first four hitters he faced, but I liked how it looked.  My tweet after Adrian Beltre lined out to left to open the second: “Three balls squared up so far (all but Prince).  Good […]

Goat Spells

With the loss Tuesday to the Chicago Cubs, the San Francisco Giants have not embarked well on a crucial slate of games they need to not trail for essentially the last spot in the postseason, probably the one game playoff with the Pittsburgh Pirates. San Francisco is going to need more than just the “Curse […]

Tigers Tigers Not Burning Bright

Even though the Tigers are just a game under .500, they are 4.5 games behind in the wild card race. Injuries, age and missed opportunities in years past seem to be catching up to Detroit. Justin Verlander, age 32, is finally back in the rotation but he was thumped once again (6.62 era) to remain winless. The Tigers are […]