Peter Gammons: The archaic, arbitrary, and unwritten rules of beaning

Manny Machado made a late, bad slide Friday. He didn’t read the situation, as Dustin Pedroia was stretched out towards Xander Bogaerts, back turned to first base, and had no intention of turning a double play, which should have been obvious to Machado, who slid, leg high, caught the knee Pedroia had surgically repaired in […]

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: 7 questions to be answered by 2017 Red Sox

Ft. MYERS, Fla.—The fact is that the Red Sox are supposed to win. They are today’s George Steinbrenner Yankees. Since John Henry brought  Dave Dombrowski in to replace Ben Cherington in August, 2015, they have signed David Price for $217M, traded 13 prospects—some very good—for Craig Kimbrel, Drew Pomeranz, Chris Sale and Tyler Thornburg. The front […]

Peter Gammons: Four cities in five nights, contending pitchers down the stretch

It happens all over baseball. It happens in Seattle and in Baltimore, Texas flying home into the microwave heat. Everywhere. The attention this week is on the Red Sox, who are playing five games in four cities in five days in a stretch where they’re playing 23 days in a row, and a Wednesday night […]

Peter Gammons: With Pomeranz, Red Sox pitching staff is theoretically set

The cost was an 18-year old pitcher Pedro Martinez called “one guy we cannot trade,” but there is cost attached to finishing last in three of the last four seasons with a starters’ earned run average precipitously close to taking the Fifth. Anderson Espinoza may indeed be a once-in-a-decade talent, a ‘Julio Urias‘ as one […]

Peter Gammons: Red Sox rotation holds strong through April

Funny, Rick Porcello’s salary was not mentioned in the Boston papers Sunday. He’d shut out the Yankees for seven innings Saturday night. He extended his string of pitching his team into the seventh inning to 13, not coincidentally dating back to the first of August when he came off the disabled list and refined his […]

Coffee and Clippings: Blockbusters are rare, but deals can be made in waiver period

Nick Cafardo (@nickcafardo) of the Boston Globe writes that though blockbuster deals are rare, the Red Sox could still make a move during the waiver period… Over the past three days, the Red Sox have run Mike Napoli, Daniel Nava, Rusney Castillo, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brock Holt, Hanley Ramirez, Craig Breslow, and Justin Masterson through waivers. […]

Coffee and Clippings: 3 years after great week, Josh Hamilton begins road back in Texas

Evan Grant (@Evan_P_Grant) of the Dallas Morning News writes that Josh Hamilton begins road back in Texas three years after the greatest offensive week of his life… On Mothers’ Day, 2012, exactly three years ago to the day Wednesday, Josh Hamilton scorched a pair of baseballs in five at-bats against the Los Angeles Angels to […]

19 to Know about Boston’s 19-inning 6-5 victory on Friday night

So you know already that the headline is wrong. Yes, the Sox did win, and yes, the score was 6-5, but the game ended at 2:13 Saturday morning. And it was a game for the books. Here are your 19 to Know It took the Sox six-hours and 49 minutes to beat the Yankees Friday night, […]

Managing the Knuckler with Patience

R.A. Dickey’s outing Tuesday against the Yankees, in which he threw 51 pitches in the first two innings then shut New York down through the seventh, was another lesson in what makes a knuckleballer succeed–patience. Tim Wakefield never allowed himself to get flustered, or impatient. “That’s something you have to learn because the pitch can do so […]