1. Can Tigers Survive AL Wild-Card Chase Without $110M Man Jordan Zimmermann?

    When the Detroit Tigers gave Jordan Zimmermann a $110 million contract over the winter, they could have imagined his spearheading a charge into the postseason when September came around...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 1,213 reads 1 comments

  2. Clayton Kershaw Is Back, but Dodgers Ace Has Kinks to Work Out

    There was neither a red carpet nor a flourish of trumpets at Marlins Park on Friday night, but there might as well have been. For the mighty Clayton Kershaw had returned. ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 12,747 reads 29 comments

  3. Ageless Wonder Adrian Beltre Leading Charge for AL-Best Rangers

    Time waits for no man. It's mean like that. It's even meaner to baseball players, systematically robbing them of their skills as they drift further from their youth. Except for Adrian Beltre , who's playing like he's 37 going on 27...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 14,595 reads 24 comments

  4. Christian Yelich's Newfound Power Giving Marlins an Emerging Superstar

    When the injury bug ambushed and carried off Giancarlo Stanton in mid-August, the Miami Marlins lost a power source that still hasn't been replaced. But give it up to Christian Yelich for giving it his best shot...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 10,874 reads 17 comments

  5. Yoenis Cespedes' Scorching Bat Is Lifting Mets Back into Playoff Picture

    Yoenis Cespedes is just one guy on a 25-man roster, and he's still feeling a quadriceps injury that put him on the disabled list Aug. 4. It's not fair to expect him to carry the New York Mets to October...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 24,705 reads 51 comments

  6. Dustin Pedroia Has Become Forgotten Star in Red Sox's Booming Offense

    We've talked plenty about David Ortiz, for reasons that amount to "duh." We've talked about Mookie Betts, who's an MVP candidate . We've had good things to say about Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 24,489 reads 44 comments

  7. Don't Forget About Max Scherzer in NL Cy Young Race

    If Max Scherzer 's American League Cy Young Award is beginning to feel lonely, it could soon have company. In the wasteland that is the National League Cy Young race without a fully functioning Clayton Kershaw, anyone could claim this year's award...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 months ago 11,535 reads 19 comments

  8. Red-Hot Adrian Gonzalez Adds Another Weapon to Dangerous Dodgers Offense

    Even with Adrian Gonzalez 's awesomeness meter at less than 100 percent for most of the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers haven't had much trouble hitting in 2016. Just imagine what they can do now that his meter is far past 100 percent...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 23,726 reads 19 comments

  9. Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill on the Comeback Trail at Perfect Time for Dodgers

    Just when the Los Angeles Dodgers have finally caught up with the San Francisco Giants , their starting pitching has gone and quit on them. Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill, that's your cue to come back and fix everything...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 19,550 reads 21 comments

  10. Kris Bryant Faces Winding Road to Add MVP to His Growing Resume

    Because the baseball gods decree that every season must feature an overly complicated debate about the "V" in "MVP," 2016 has given us the curious case of Kris Bryant . There's no need to be curious about Bryant's stardom...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 11,237 reads 63 comments

  11. Risky 6-Man Rotation Is Blue Jays' Best Shot at Deep 2016 Postseason Run

    For some teams, questing for a World Series trophy requires sticking with whatever's working. The Toronto Blue Jays don't have that luxury. Things are mostly good for the reigning AL East champs...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 5,239 reads 11 comments

  12. Mookie Betts Has Real Chance of Crashing AL MVP Party

    In the American League MVP race, one undersized dynamo is now being hotly pursued by another undersized dynamo. The latter is Mookie Betts, who you've probably noticed in your news feed recently...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 18,113 reads 132 comments

  13. Another Lost Giancarlo Stanton Season Sends Playoff-Hopeful Marlins Reeling

    With Giancarlo Stanton having suffered yet another significant injury, now's a good time to repurpose the catchphrase for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. This time, it counts...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 25,627 reads 46 comments

  14. Gary Sanchez Gives 1st Glimpse of Yankees' Bright Homegrown Future

    There's not a lot of joy to be derived from the New York Yankees ' present. Their 58-56 record is far from an Atlanta Braves -level disaster, but it marks the fourth year in a row they've been mired in mediocrity...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 14,678 reads 45 comments

  15. In Smaller Spotlight, Carlos Correa Has Continued Superstar Rise

    Last year, Carlos Correa somehow lived up to the hype after beginning his major league career as baseball's best prospect. After that, it was only fair that there was a huge spotlight on him coming into 2016...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 8,682 reads 34 comments

  16. Predicting MLB's 10 Postseason Teams at the 3-Quarter Mark

    October will be here soon. Do you know where your playoff teams are? It's only August, so we don't either. All we know is which clubs we think are going to make it into the postseason, and we're more than glad to share...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 39,309 reads 145 comments

  17. Alex Rodriguez-Joe Girardi Drama Making Yankees 'Farewell Tour' a Rocky Affair

    Just when the New York Yankees allowed us to think we might be done forever with controversies centered around Alex Rodriguez , manager Joe Girardi pulled us back in...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 174,119 reads 78 comments

  18. Can Red Sox Rookie Andrew Benintendi Be Pennant Race Difference-Maker?

    Nothing fun lasts forever. Not even the Boston Red Sox 's lineup, which has gone from spectacular in the first half to slump-tacular in the second half. It needs a pick-me-up. Enter Andrew Benintendi ? Officially, the answer became yes a week ago...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 24,780 reads 29 comments

  19. Full MLB Award Predictions at the 3-Quarter Mark of the 2016 Season

    Roughly three-quarters of the way through the 2016 Major League Baseball season, plenty of things are coming into focus. That includes awards season, so let's take a fresh look at who's in line for hardware...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 32,088 reads 145 comments

  20. Dodgers' Hyped Rookie Corey Seager Is Even Better Than Advertised

    It can be dangerous to buy into the hype whenever a top baseball prospect begins his major league journey. There's a long list of examples to vouch for how potential doesn't always pan out...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 15,106 reads 38 comments

  21. Tim Lincecum's Latest Flop Is End of Once-Great Starting Career

    It's finally time to admit something that's been increasingly apparent for five seasons now: Tim Lincecum is done as a major league starting pitcher. For now, it sure seems like he's started his last game for the Los Angeles Angels ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 34,168 reads 30 comments

  22. Playing 'Contender or Pretender' for MLB Playoff Race with 2 Months Left

    Now that the trade deadline and its accompanying madness have come and gone, it's time for Major League Baseball's stretch run to whittle its playoff races down to 10 final teams. Time will be the final judge on that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 58,227 reads 176 comments

  23. Edwin Encarnacion Positioning Himself as the Prize Slugger of the MLB Offseason

    If you're a fan of star-studded Major League Baseball free-agent classes, I come bearing bad news. There's not going to be one this winter. Sorry. But hey, at least Edwin Encarnacion will be out there...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 17,901 reads 42 comments

  24. Time for Justin Turner to Be Taken Seriously as Dodgers Star

    It's not easy to take Justin Turner seriously as a star player. He used to be an anonymous New York Mets utility guy. He's now a Los Angeles Dodger not named Clayton Kershaw , Adrian Gonzalez or Corey Seager ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 33,840 reads 42 comments

  25. Red-Hot Tigers' Assault on the AL Central Is the Real Deal

    The AL Central race had been feeling like a foregone conclusion. The Cleveland Indians took hold of first place in early June and held a lead of at least five games every day between June 25 and July 26...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 19,140 reads 56 comments