I do regular radio spots in Baltimore, and we’ve long talked about Jim Johnson’s ability to close out games for the Orioles without possessing a dominant strikeout punch. Johnson’s strikeout rate has improved markedly in 2013, but his hit rate has also soared. In his past three appearances (all blown saves), the Baltimore closer has [...]

As I wrote in yesterday’s PTC, Carlos Marmol’s hold on the Chicago closer job is tenuous. His effort against the Pirates on Thursday afternoon didn’t do anything to help solidify things. Marmol inherited a 3-0 lead, but then surrendered two earned runs on three hits and a walk. The fact that he was able to [...]

This weekend, the Red Sox and all of Major League Baseball celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Fenway Park. The team welcomed some of the biggest names in the team’s history back to the ballpark for a grand event. Johnny Pesky and Bobby Doerr joined almost 200 other players and coaches to pay tribute to the [...]