All posts tagged peter gammons

→ Peter Gammons: This isn’t going to end well

But the Red Sox are the team most dazed and confused here on the Ides of June. They have the worst run differential. They are 12th in runs. Their starters’ ERA is the worst in either league. Their defense, especially in left and at third, is in the bottom third of the league.

What a disaster of a season. I really didn’t think this was coming.

→ Peter Gammons Recaps the 2013 Red Sox Season

The best baseball writer of our generation recaps the 2013 Red Sox. Quoting only a part of it does not do the piece justice. Take a few minutes and go read the whole thing.

→ The 5 Free Agents that Peter Gammons thinks the Red Sox Should Target

Brian McCann. While the Rangers, who have tried to trade for him several times and offer no state income tax, are expected to make a significant run, Braves officials think McCann could be a Boston possibility as a catcher, first baseman and eventual DH. “Never underestimate how close Brian is to David Ross,” says one Braves front office member. “Ross loves Boston, and the culture the Red Sox have built fits Brian McCann.”

The rumors are really heating up that the Red Sox are going to make a strong play for McCann. I always get nervous about investing a bunch of money in a catcher, but McCann would really fit in nicely in the Red Sox lineup.

→ October Ball Returns to Boston

Peter Gammons about today’s Red Sox playoff game:

The New England fall and sky and sun may be spectacular on the Kancamagus Highway with the New Hampshire foliage and sure beats the wild and the cold and the Northeasters, but it can create some curious and treacherous baseball conditions. Hence, the Red Sox front office had the Fenway operations folks turn on the lights to see if that would cut down on the afternoon glare. That’s why third base coach Brian Butterfield continually checked the shadows, talking to hitters and fielders all during the game about how and what they saw. All part of the preparation and attempt to make Fenway even more of a home field advantage when facing the Road Rays, whose home field advantage is an indoor gym with very different lighting issues.

Peter Gammons, writing about the Red Sox in the playoffs, is how every October should be.

→ Peter Gammons examines the “Running Red Sox”

They were third in the AL in steals with 123, and got thrown out 19 times; their 87% success rate easily led the majors, and since caught stealing became an official stat in 1951, only the 2007 Phillies (.879) are better among teams who stole 100 or more bases. Incidentally, Shane Victorino was 37-for-41 that year. This is a philosophy championed by John Farrell, who knows what pitchers don’t like, and as Jonny Gomes says, “here they think ‘do’ rather than ‘don’t,’ as in ‘don’t’ get caught.”

While watching the Red Sox this year, it felt like they were both attempting a lot of stolen bases and succeeding in those attempts. It seems the actual numbers agree.1

  1. A side note about Peter Gammon’s newish site: Though the site has not received the same level of buzz that sites like Grantland received, Gammon’s site is just as impressive in the quality of it’s content. The major difference between Gammons Daily and some of the other new-ish sports sites is that Gammons covers only baseball. This will, undoubtably, reduce the size of its target audience, but anyone who is interested in baseball should definitely be checking in with Gammons Daily on a regular basis.