Peter Gammons: Trade deadline thoughts from Cooperstown

COOPERSTOWN—The drive here, that begins with the Turnpike from Cataumet to Stockbridge, gave time to think about Jeff Bagwell being inducted into the Hall of Fame, which means he and Frank Thomas, born on the same day and both losers (as well as Mo Vaughn) to Dave Staton in the 1988 Cape League Home Run […]

Pirates Hope for More than Flashes from Feliz in 2016

The past few years have not been kind to Neftali Feliz. The 2010 AL Rookie of the Year underwent Tommy John surgery in 2012 and hit rock bottom last season, when he posted the fourth-worst ERA+ (64) among relievers tossing at least 40 innings. The Rangers designated him for assignment last summer and the Tigers, […]

Relievers with the most scoreless appearances

You don’t ask much from a reliever, all you want is to enter the game, and not allow any of the batters you face to score. It doesn’t matter whether you face one batter or pitch three innings – just don’t let batters score during your stay on the mound. Some relievers are better at […]

The back end of the game (7-9th innings)

The Orioles scored eight times in the 8th inning of Game 1 of the ALDS as the O’s ended up coasting to a 12-3 victory. At one point, I thought Tigers’ manager Brad Ausmus would call in the planes that put out wildfires in California, but then I realized that the flame retardant that they […]