Peter Gammons: An abundance of options can make all the difference

The pitching trend-line is obvious. Those who start retire fewer batters per outing virtually every season, down to less than 5 2/3 innings a start. With that, the offense has fueled the relievers’ earned run average to rise to the reach of the last three seasons-3.71 to 3.93 to 4.06—while the MLB save percentage has […]

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: 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: D-backs are in a decent position on Black Friday

What Diamondbacks’ owner Ken Kendrick and President Derrick Hall need to remember is that where the Diamondbacks have been the last decade has not been a long nightmare. They actually won the National League West in 2007, beat the Cubs in the Division Series, then lost out on the World Series that season when they […]

Peter Gammons: Third time around the order

On Sunday, Joe Ross, Zack Greinke, Jonathon Niese and Patrick Corbin pinch hit, Oliver Perez bunted and Shelby Miller pinch ran, then saw the game-winning hit soar over his head while playing left field. It was one of my favorite afternoons since Roger Clemens pinch hit in a 17 inning playoff game with the Braves. […]

Peter Gammons: 2016 pre-season predictions

It is one of those years when one wonders if the traditional order has shifted. The Cardinals and the Cubs are the game’s greatest rivalry, not the Red Sox and Yankees; Boston has been a last place team three of the last four years, the Yankees last won a post-season game in 2012, in the […]

Understanding, Appreciating Dallas Keuchel’s Defensive Prowess

For the next five seconds, I want you to close your eyes and think about Dallas Keuchel. Seriously. I mean, really think. Now, what things, specifically, came to mind? Physically, perhaps you envisioned the one thing that makes him most recognizable amongst his peers: The Beard! If not his physical attributes, then perhaps you envisioned some of his esteemed […]

Sunday MLB Nine to Notes: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/10/16

Nine to Know: From the Bill Chuck Files of 1/10/16 Last season, Boston’s Rusney Castillo banged into 11 double plays in 55 opportunities; over the last three seasons, Colby Rasmus has hit into 11 DPs in 250 opportunities. In 2014, Salvador Perez hit .260 with 70 RBI and one stolen base. In 2015, Perez hit […]

The 20 pitchers who threw 3300+ pitches in 2015

There are 85 days until Opening Day, 2016. There are only about 35 days until pitchers and catchers report. There is no question that there are plenty of pitchers who are wondering when their arm will feel ready after their work loads of last season. Pressure innings, postseason pitching, accumulation of pitches, types of pitches, […]

D-Backs Need Yasmany Tomas to Step Up in 2016

The Arizona Diamondbacks have emptied their coffers — not to mention their farm system — in a quest to clinch their first NL West title since 2011 and capture their first World Series title since 2001. The D-Backs made Zack Greinke the most handsomely paid pitcher on a per-year basis in MLB history, securing the […]