1. 2014 Season Proving Catcher Will Continue to Be Dynamic Offensive Position

    We're used to thinking about good-hitting catchers as being a rarity. And if I had to take a whack at guessing the popular opinion, it's probably that they're even rarer in today's game...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 6,106 reads 8 comments

  2. Dominant Adam Wainwright Showing Elbow Scare Was Just a Bump in the Road

    The St. Louis Cardinals have reasons to worry about a number of their pitchers these days, which is all sorts of bad news...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 2,475 reads 0 comments

  3. Bleacher Report's Full 2014 Midseason MLB Awards

    The 2014 Major League Baseball season is (more or less) at the halfway point. Having already taken a look at some super-interesting statistical happenings , we shall now pursue another midseason activity: handing out awards...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 102,080 reads 434 comments

  4. Tim Lincecum's No-Hitter Shows He's Still Capable of Occasional Magic

    Tim Lincecum could dazzle with the best of 'em between 2008 and 2011. But then the baseball gods took his powers away in 2012, dooming most of his trips to the mound to be a struggle...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 21,810 reads 104 comments

  5. Looking Inside the Numbers of MLB's First Half of 2014

    So, maybe not everybody has realized this yet, but the 2014 Major League Baseball season is already pretty much at the halfway point. Yup. We've come that far...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 4,163 reads 4 comments

  6. Let the Buyer Beware on David Price Blockbuster Trade This July

    The Tampa Bay Rays are likely going to trade David Price in July. And when they do, they're likely going to get some really good stuff in return. But here's a warning for all interested parties: Be careful on this one, man...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 27,333 reads 57 comments

  7. Chewing Tobacco Should Be MLB's Next Outdated Tradition to Be Banned

    Old traditions die hard in baseball, but it's to Major League Baseball's credit that it's been willing to kill off traditions that have outstayed their welcomes...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 16,823 reads 138 comments

  8. Chris Davis Needs His Walk-Off Homer to Be Major 2014 Turning Point

    Baltimore Orioles slugger Chris Davis entered Monday's action in need of a big hit in the worst way but in a lousy position to get one. It's not so easy to hit from the bench, you know...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 15,448 reads 7 comments

  9. Washington Nationals Poised for Big Surge to the Top of the NL

    This will be your latest warning that the Washington Nationals are armed, dangerous and ready to take the National League by storm. Yeah, yeah. I know...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 8,786 reads 66 comments

  10. Carlos Beltran's Walk-Off Homer Gives Yankees a Taste of Missing Ingredient

    The New York Yankees went to the bottom of the ninth inning of Friday's game against the Baltimore Orioles trailing 3-1. They needed a welcome sight. What they got instead was a very welcome sight, courtesy of Carlos Beltran ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 6,800 reads 12 comments

  11. Masahiro Tanaka's Splitter and the 10 Best Strikeout Pitches of MLB

    If you haven't been keeping track, yes, Major League Baseball is on track for yet another record-high strikeout rate in 2014. According to FanGraphs , pitchers are striking out 7...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 25,317 reads 54 comments

  12. MLB's All-Overlooked Team: 10 Top Players Being Ignored in ASG Fan Vote

    I'll let you in on a little secret: When it comes to the voting for the MLB All-Star Game, fans tend to vote for the most popular players rather than the best players. Yeah, I know...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 43,521 reads 180 comments

  13. Giancarlo Stanton's MVP Charge Should End All Trade Speculation

    For a while there, the notion of a Giancarlo Stanton trade happening one day was being treated as an inevitability. Such is life when a trade just seems so, you know, inevitable...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 9,401 reads 9 comments

  14. Masahiro Tanaka's Odds of A.L.'s First-Ever Cy Young, R.O.Y. in Same Season

    Take a moment to try this one on for size: Masahiro Tanaka as the American League 's answer to Fernando Valenzuela. That'll be the case if the New York Yankees ' $175 million ace wins both the Cy Young Award and the Rookie of the Year Award...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 16,158 reads 59 comments

  15. Scorching-Hot Mike Trout's 2-Homer Outburst Highlights Lead in AL MVP Race

    Emerging as a leading candidate to win the American League MVP is something Mike Trout went through in both 2012 and 2013. He was just never able to emerge as the leading candidate for the award in the end...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 15,981 reads 176 comments

  16. How Andrew McCutchen Has Become an Even Better Player Post-MVP

    The technical term for Andrew McCutchen 's performance in 2012 and 2013 is "a hard act to follow." All he did was hit .322 with a .932 OPS across those two seasons, with last year's National League MVP award being the bow on top of it all...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 14,409 reads 14 comments

  17. 2014 MLB All-Star Game Voting Update, Biggest Takeaways 1 Month Out

    With the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game now just a month away, crunch time for the voting has arrived. And thanks to the latest batch of updates, now we know where the voting stands going into said crunch time...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 52,298 reads 148 comments

  18. MLB Stars Whose Contracts Give the Most Bang for Their Teams' Buck

    More so than any other sport, baseball is known for bad contracts. Such is life when clubs can't stop investing massive amounts of guaranteed dollars in players who have no hope of earning them...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 11,173 reads 38 comments

  19. Clutch Gregory Polanco, Pirates Outfield Tease Huge Potential in Epic Night

    Grab a pen and mark this down: Friday, June 13, 2014, at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. That's the date and the venue of Gregory Polanco 's coming-out party...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 17,875 reads 34 comments

  20. Constructing MLB's Mount Rushmore of Active Starting Pitchers

    At the rate we keep coming up with ideas, it probably won't be long before the presidential faces on Mount Rushmore finally just get swapped out for athlete faces. I'd be cool with that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 17,684 reads 167 comments

  21. Dallas Keuchel's 2014 Breakout Has Made Him MLB's Top-Secret Ace

    You can be forgiven if you can't rattle off all of Major League Baseball's ace pitchers from memory in this pitching-crazy age. If it's only the Clayton Kershaws, Felix Hernandezes, Adam Wainwrights and Yu Darvishes who spring to mind, that's OK...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 22,717 reads 32 comments

  22. Are Pitchers or Position Players Better Franchise Cornerstones in Today's MLB?

    The question we're here to discuss doesn't feel original. That might be because it's not, as I'm fairly certain it's been baseball discussion fodder for a long time...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 4,301 reads 7 comments

  23. What's Causing Justin Verlander's Fall from Ace Power Pitcher to Ordinary?

    Suddenly, Justin Verlander is turning into Barry Zito. No, he hasn't begun throwing left-handed or (to my knowledge) playing the guitar. If only, as that would be preferable to how Verlander is actually taking after Zito...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 20,718 reads 78 comments

  24. How MLB Pitchers Can Try to Slow Down Jose Abreu's Red-Hot Power Bat

    A couple months ago, we could only guess how dangerous Jose Abreu would be in his first major league season after his defection from Cuba. Now that we're safely beyond small-sample-size territory, the answer is pretty clear: very...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 3,326 reads 7 comments

  25. What Has Led to Edwin Encarnacion's Offensive Surge in Recent Years?

    Let's travel back in time to 2011 and ponder what was then known about Edwin Encarnacion . Having posted a .787 OPS two years in a row and holding a career .789 OPS, the Toronto Blue Jays slugger looked like a good, but not great, hitter...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 10,469 reads 41 comments