1. Identifying the 'True Aces' of Major League Baseball Entering 2017

    What makes a "true ace," and how many are there in the game today? There's a "know it when I see it" element to this question, obviously. But let's define a few parameters: Sustained excellence...

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  2. Clayton Kershaw Ties Dodgers Record for Most Opening Day Wins

    Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw allowed just one run over seven innings in Monday's 14-3 Opening Day victory over the San Diego Padres , notching eight strikeouts while allowing just two hits and no walks...

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  3. 2017 World Series Odds for Every Team at the Start of the Season

    The first few days of the MLB season are all about optimism. No one has run away with anything, and no one is buried...

    Jacob Shafer Written by Jacob Shafer about 4 months ago 70,611 reads 0 comments

  4. Clayton Kershaw Is Still the King Until Someone Comes to Take His Crown

    Sorry, Bryce Harper, Opening Day does not belong to you. Harper can keep hitting home runs (another one Monday, five in five Opening Day games), but this is still a day for pitchers, still a day for aces...

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  5. Bleacher Report's MLB Experts Predict Each Major 2017 Award

    Opening Day is upon us at last. Which means, of course, it's time to skip the whole 162-game grind and cut straight to the awards. What's that? You actually want to watch the season play out? OK, fine...

    Jacob Shafer Written by Jacob Shafer about 4 months ago 55,243 reads 0 comments

  6. Ranking the Top 50 MLB Players at the Start of the 2017 Regular Season

    There are 30 Major League Baseball teams, each with a 25-man roster. That's 750 players donning MLB uniforms at any given time. Our task today? Narrow that down to the top 50. Was it easy? No...

    Jacob Shafer Written by Jacob Shafer about 4 months ago 166,075 reads 0 comments

  7. Los Angeles Dodgers: Complete 2017 Season Preview, Predictions

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have won four straight NL West titles and, presumably, would be all too happy to make it five in a row in 2017. But the real prize remains the World Series title that's eluded them for 29 years...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 10,450 reads 0 comments

  8. MLB 2022: Who Will Be the Superstars of Baseball in 5 Years?

    The world will be a different place in 2022. Perhaps that's not a comforting thought, so here's one that is: At least Major League Baseball's pantheon of superstars shouldn't look too different...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 72,978 reads 0 comments

  9. Bleacher Report's Full 2017 MLB Season Preview and Predictions

    With Opening Day just around the corner, the time has come to pretend to know what the future holds for the 2017 Major League Baseball season. Yes, it's time to make predictions...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 139,582 reads 0 comments

  10. MLB Position Power Rankings: B/R's Top 30 Starting Pitchers

    With Opening Day now right around the corner, we've reached the starting pitching portion of our positional power rankings series...

    Joel Reuter Written by Joel Reuter about 4 months ago 72,926 reads 0 comments

  11. Predicting If Each MLB Playoff Hopeful Will Overachieve or Underachieve in 2017

    The MLB Opening Day clock has ticked to the one-week mark. The exhibition schedule is winding down, and things are about to get real...

    Jacob Shafer Written by Jacob Shafer about 4 months ago 59,408 reads 0 comments

  12. Clayton Kershaw Could Make MLB History with Dominant 2017 Season

    Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw enters 2017 with three seasons of posting an ERA below 2.00 over at least 100 innings...

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  13. Final Win-Loss Predictions for Every MLB Team in 2017

    Spring training is almost ready to give way to the regular season. Soon, it will be out with the fake games and in with the real ones. Want to know how those will pan out? You've come to the right place...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 151,065 reads 0 comments

  14. Clayton Kershaw Proves Even the Best Pitcher in the World Can Be Underrated

    It took four Cactus League starts for Clayton Kershaw 's ERA to rise above 0.00. On Sunday, the Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander surrendered his first run of the spring, a solo homer off the bat of Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas...

    Jacob Shafer Written by Jacob Shafer about 4 months ago 17,454 reads 0 comments

  15. MLB Metrics 101: The Most Unhittable Pitchers in Baseball

    It's a hard thing to prove, but what they say about hitting a baseball being the hardest thing in sports certainly seems true. Hitting a round ball with a round bat isn't easy. Hitting the ball well is even less easy...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 50,894 reads 0 comments

  16. Bleacher Report's All-Spring Training Team Through 2 Weeks of Play

    Ah, spring training. It's that time of year when you can look out and see both baseball's biggest stars and randos from the minors putting up big numbers...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 35,092 reads 0 comments

  17. B/R's 'Face of MLB' Rankings Entering the 2017 Season

    What does it mean to be the face of Major League Baseball? For starters, you have to play baseball and possess a face. Seriously, though, it's an intriguing question with many possible answers...

    Jacob Shafer Written by Jacob Shafer about 5 months ago 39,234 reads 0 comments

  18. Projecting MLB's 10 Most Dominant Rotations in 2020

    Which teams will have the most dominant starting rotations in 2017? Probably the Boston Red Sox, Chicago Cubs, Cleveland Indians, Washington Nationals and New York Mets. Welp, that was easy...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 120,866 reads 0 comments

  19. Spring Training 2017: Ranking All 6 MLB Divisions from Best to Worst

    If you like parity, this is a good time to be a baseball fan. Aside from a few unambiguous rebuilds, mostly in the National League, every team has at least a puncher's chance of playing into October...

    Jacob Shafer Written by Jacob Shafer about 5 months ago 61,111 reads 0 comments

  20. MLB's 'Moneyball' Power Rankings 2017: Who Is Overpaying/Underpaying the Most?

    The Moneyball philosophy may not have resulted in a World Series title for the Oakland Athletics yet, but it undoubtedly has had an impact on the way MLB teams are assembled...

    Joel Reuter Written by Joel Reuter about 5 months ago 179,822 reads 0 comments

  21. Ranking the Top 100 MLB Players at the Start of Spring Training Games

    With spring training in full swing, there's no time like the present to get caught up with the best players Major League Baseball has to offer for 2017. Or the best of the best, for that matter...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 111,439 reads 0 comments

  22. Boston Red Sox: MLB Player Comparisons for Each Top Spring Training Prospect

    Boston Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski has raided the organization's farm system in the interest of winning now, including shipping away a bundle of top prospects to acquire ace Chris Sale from the Chicago White Sox this winter...

    Jacob Shafer Written by Jacob Shafer about 5 months ago 8,975 reads 0 comments

  23. Bleacher Report's 2017 MLB Award Predictions at Start of Spring Training

    Major League Baseball just started spring training. So, it's just a little bit early to start talking about who's going to win awards for this season. But just try to stop us...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 92,704 reads 0 comments

  24. Los Angeles Dodgers: 5 Key Questions That Need Answering in Spring Training

    The Los Angeles Dodgers are odds-on favorites to win a fifth straight National League West title. According to Baseball Prospectus , the PECOTA projection system pegged the Dodgers ...

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  25. Predicting MLB's 10 Most Exciting Teams to Watch in 2017

    From all the talk about how Major League Baseball needs to speed things up , you'd swear there wasn't any entertaining baseball to be found anymore. Baloney. I can think of at least 10 teams that are going to play fun and exciting baseball in 2017...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 58,906 reads 0 comments