1. Liriano Dominance, Opening Day Walk-Off Hint Pirates' 2013 Season Was No Fluke

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are a fine example of how what happens on Opening Day isn't always indicative of what's going to happen in the 161 games to come...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 4,961 reads 4 comments

  2. MLB Team Needs 2014: Chicago Cubs

    Whenever a new baseball season arrives, there are only a couple teams you can look at and say, “Yeah, that’s not happening.” The Chicago Cubs are one of these teams heading into 2014...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 2,321 reads 3 comments

  3. What Makes an Opening Day Ace in Major League Baseball?

    Opening Day is exciting mainly because it's the return of baseball. And baseball, as we all know, is good. But here's another one for the pro-Opening Day pile: all those Opening Day aces...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 7,884 reads 5 comments

  4. Brian Wilson's Opening-Night Implosion Gives Dodgers Cause for Concern

    The Los Angeles Dodgers ' second game of 2014 season was marred by a late bullpen implosion. So was their third game of the season on Sunday night...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 13,456 reads 22 comments

  5. How MLB's Presidential First-Pitch Tradition Got Started and Evolved to Today

    If you ever need to convince a friend that baseball really is the national pastime among America's favorite sports, just ask how many times the President of the United States has ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 73,222 reads 95 comments

  6. Bleacher Report's Full 2014 MLB Season Preview and Predictions

    You can't predict baseball. You just can't, man. And yet we try. Especially this time of year. As you're all surely aware, the first non-Australian regular-season MLB game will be played Sunday evening...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 101,958 reads 456 comments

  7. Miguel Cabrera Is Doomed to Be the Next Alex Rodriguez or Albert Pujols

    When Miguel Cabrera signs on the dotted line of his new extension, he might as well sign " Alex Rodriguez " or "Albert Pujols." That's basically what the Detroit Tigers are signing up for, after all...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 56,677 reads 346 comments

  8. Complete Boston Red Sox 2014 Season Preview

    It feels like a lifetime ago when one of the big question marks of spring training was whether the Boston Red Sox had the goods to bounce back from a 93-loss campaign in 2012...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 6,569 reads 12 comments

  9. Spring Training Has Erased All Fears About Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander

    There were going to be ominous vibes hanging over the Detroit Tigers if they had to open 2014 without the same-old, same-old versions of Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 4,706 reads 3 comments

  10. Is Top Pitching Prospect Archie Bradley Ready to Shoulder Patrick Corbin's Load?

    It was revealed last weekend that the Arizona Diamondbacks could soon be facing a worst-nightmare scenario. Now it's official: They are facing a worst-nightmare scenario...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 10,339 reads 8 comments

  11. MLB's Next Commissioner Must Consider Shortening Spring Training

    We don't know who'll be MLB 's next commissioner after Bud Selig just yet. We just know said commissioner will take office in January 2015, and that he or she will have a laundry list of priorities for action or consideration...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 16,909 reads 41 comments

  12. MLB Team Needs 2014: Baltimore Orioles

    Though it was fun to behold, the Baltimore Orioles ’ return to the postseason in 2012 had the look and feel of a season that was going to be awfully hard to repeat. And it was...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 1,311 reads 2 comments

  13. Does Kansas City Royals' Promising Spring Hint at Breakout Season in 2014?

    Take a look at their 11-13 record in spring training, and you might be convinced that the Kansas City Royals are due to disappoint in 2014 after a momentum-building 86-win campaign in 2013...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 28,544 reads 17 comments

  14. How Good Can Dodgers' Starting Pitching Be After Shutdown Australia Series?

    There are small sample sizes, and then there are two-game sample sizes. You can't prove anything in a two-game sample size. All you can do in a sample size like that is tease something...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 14,558 reads 63 comments

  15. Mark Trumbo's Role in Aiding Paul Goldschmidt's 2014 NL MVP Chase

    Whereas the 2014 American League MVP race will likely be between Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera again, the NL MVP race should be more wide open again...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 3,913 reads 6 comments

  16. Are Opening MLB Series Abroad a Good Thing for Teams, Baseball?

    The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are kicking off the 2014 MLB season this weekend in Sydney, Australia...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 9,012 reads 40 comments

  17. Introducing MLB Fans to Yordano Ventura, Baseball's Next Pitching Phenom

    It's not a question of if there's going to be a young pitching phenom in 2014. After watching guys like Stephen Strasburg, Chris Sale, Yu Darvish, Shelby Miller, Matt Harvey and ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 50,020 reads 36 comments

  18. Michael Pineda's Dominant Spring Cements Key Role in Yankees 2014 Rotation

    Hey, remember when we were treating the idea of Michael Pineda recovering to become a key member of the New York Yankees rotation as some sort of crazypants fantasy? Well, suddenly it's not so crazy...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 13,726 reads 19 comments

  19. MLB Team Needs 2014: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Between 1992 and 2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates didn't make the postseason once and racked up something like 10,000 losses — or so it seemed. Last year was different...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 1,989 reads 4 comments

  20. Selecting a March Madness Bracket of MLB's 64 Best Players

    Selection Sunday was this weekend, and it had absolutely nothing to do with Major League Baseball. It's really more of a college basketball thing...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 36,828 reads 147 comments

  21. Updated Masahiro Tanaka Scouting Report After Latest Spring Outing

    Make that three spring appearances for Masahiro Tanaka , as well as some more material for the scouting notebook...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 19,822 reads 26 comments

  22. Updating Who Leads Each of MLB's Most Important Spring Position Battles

    Spring training is now closer to its end than to its beginning, and that means two things. One: Opening Day will be here soon. Huzzah...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 10,956 reads 9 comments

  23. Boston Red Sox's Quiet Spring Training a Reason for Optimism Heading into 2014

    We're used to the Boston Red Sox being noisy. Shoot, between their collapse at the end of 2011, the Bobby Valentine Experience, their roster overhaul and their redemptive World ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 4,720 reads 7 comments

  24. Will Mike Trout Ride White-Hot Spring to MLB's Fifth-Ever 40-40 Season in 2014?

    When Mike Trout exploded onto the scene with 30 homers and 49 stolen bases in only 139 games in 2012, him joining the 40-40 Club in 2013 looked like a likelihood. Maybe even a foregone conclusion...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 10,616 reads 53 comments

  25. Is Red-Hot Speedster Billy Hamilton Primed to Become 2014 Game-Changer?

    The worst part about spring training stats is that we all know they mean bupkis . Always have. Likely always will. Darn...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 6,523 reads 7 comments