1. Michael Wacha Filling Adam Wainwright's Ace Shoes for MLB-Best Cardinals

    You'd think it would be impossible to downplay Adam Wainwright's season-ending injury and its effect on the St. Louis Cardinals . It's not like you can just snap your fingers and replace a guy like that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 10,231 reads 14 comments

  2. Bryce Harper Must Be At-All-Cost Pursuit as Yankees' Future Iconic Centerpiece

    Officially, the New York Yankees will be in the capital over the next two days for a two-game series against the Washington Nationals ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 123,065 reads 232 comments

  3. Breaking Down the New Stat Starting to Take Baseball by Storm

    The last thing baseball needs is more statistics. The game's language has been steeped in numbers since the very beginning, and we're at a point now where seemingly every baseball term has a numeric equivalent...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 77,160 reads 82 comments

  4. Marlins Revert to Strange Ways with Abrupt Dismissal of Manager Mike Redmond

    On the bright side, the Miami Marlins didn't get no-hit on Sunday. Atlanta Braves right-hander Shelby Miller came very close to doing the deed, but Justin Bour denied him with two outs in the ninth inning...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 30,409 reads 59 comments

  5. 7 Biggest Takeaways from Week 6's MLB Action

    Another week, another bundle of Major League Baseball storylines to take in. We're into Week 6 of the 2015 MLB season, and it's been just about as crowded with things happening as the five weeks that preceded it...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 18,128 reads 62 comments

  6. As Cubs Phenoms Grab Eyes, Anthony Rizzo Has Become Top-10 MLB Hitter

    For a team that hasn't won a World Series in over 100 years and came into 2015 off a string of five straight losing seasons, it's remarkable just how much hype the Chicago Cubs are generating...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 23,871 reads 57 comments

  7. With NL East Lead Shrinking, Cubs Sweep a Reality Check for Mets

    Never mind the National League East; there was a time not too long ago when the New York Mets seemed to be on top of the world. They were 13-3 through 16 games, the last 11 of which were all W's...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 9,483 reads 54 comments

  8. Corey Kluber Gets Back on Track with an 18-K Start for the Ages

    Heading into Corey Kluber 's eighth start of 2015, the question on all our minds was what was wrong with the Cleveland Indians ace. It's not like Cy Young winners go 0-5 with 5...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 11,658 reads 15 comments

  9. Is Dodgers' Dominance Without Superstar Yasiel Puig Sustainable?

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have won five in a row, 11 out of 14 and 22 out of 32 overall, giving them the second-best record in Major League Baseball. In the parlance of our times, they're so hot right now...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 8,837 reads 31 comments

  10. Stephen Vogt Latest Example of A's Striking Gold in Unexpected Places

    The Oakland Athletics are as much a deep salvage operation as they are a baseball team. To get ahead, they'll go wherever they can in hopes of finding whatever they can. They don't hit on all their searches, of course...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 9,908 reads 17 comments

  11. With Jeter Gone, Jacoby Ellsbury and Brett Gardner Are 1-2 Nightmare

    With five weeks of the 2015 MLB season complete, we've gotten a pretty good look at the post-Derek Jeter New York Yankees . And sappiness be damned, they just don't quite look the same without him...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 20,702 reads 35 comments

  12. Why Top Mets Prospect Noah Syndergaard Is Hyped as a Future MLB Ace

    On the mound for the New York Mets on this particular day will be an intimidating right-hander with an electric arm and all the talent he needs to be one of baseball's best pitchers...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 15,982 reads 29 comments

  13. Facing an Opt-out Year, Zack Greinke Is Exploring New Pitching Heights

    If he's so inclined, Zack Greinke can end his six-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers after only three seasons at the end of 2015. He just better make sure he has a really good season first...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 17,563 reads 21 comments

  14. Another Ace Bites the Dust as Tommy John Halts Alex Cobb's Great Young Career

    As if anyone needed further confirmation that no pitcher is safe from Tommy John surgery in today's MLB , another ace has bitten the dust. This time, it's Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 8,406 reads 14 comments

  15. Playing Slump or Bust with MLB's Most Shocking Ice-Cold Starts

    You never know what kind of weirdness will happen in the first month of the Major League Baseball season. Up can turn into down. Left can become right. Dogs move in with cats, and vice versa...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 29,909 reads 62 comments

  16. Dodgers Rookie Joc Pederson's Instant Superstardom Is No Joke

    If you really strain your brain, you might be able to remember a time when rookie center fielder Joc Pederson was one of the big unknowns on the veteran-laden Los Angeles Dodgers ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 25,152 reads 67 comments

  17. At Just 22, Bryce Harper's Light-Tower Power Ready to Join MLB's Best

    It's time to switch up the narrative on Bryce Harper . Instead of talking about what he might be, let's start talking about what he's becoming. Here's the short version: He's becoming one of the very best power hitters in Major League Baseball...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 15,829 reads 69 comments

  18. Ranking MLB's 25 Most Important Players in 2015

    There are 750 players in the majors at any given moment, and all of them are important in their own way. Yes, even the backup catchers and the LOOGYs . They're people too. But we're not here to hand out participation medals...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 43,224 reads 128 comments

  19. Pitchers Who Have Officially Graduated to Front-Line MLB Starters

    It's not easy to gain entry into the MLB Brotherhood of Aces. You have to pay your dues, and then there's a rigorous inspection to pass before graduation...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 13,968 reads 56 comments

  20. Willie Mays' Immortal Legacy Goes Untouched After A-Rod Hits No. 660

    It's official now. Alex Rodriguez owns 660 career home runs, tying him with Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. From here, he has only Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds to catch...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 34,795 reads 142 comments

  21. Reds' Decision to Spend Big on Homer Bailey Backfires in More Ways Than One

    The $105 million contract the Cincinnati Reds gave Homer Bailey before the 2014 season has turned into a $105 million gut punch, and the team may be reeling from it for a while...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 10,475 reads 6 comments

  22. Better-Than-Ever Bryce Harper at the Core of Nationals' Offensive Surge

    Had you bothered to Google "Washington Nationals offense" earlier this week, you would have come across two headlines that said it all...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 15,439 reads 34 comments

  23. Can Soler-Rizzo-Bryant-Russell Quartet Become Future Murderers' Row for Cubs?

    There are some pieces of baseball history that a responsible baseball writer needs to think twice about invoking. Then there are the "Murderers' Row" New York Yankees lineups of the 1920s, which require at least 1...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 37,412 reads 79 comments

  24. MLB's Biggest Winners and Losers for the Month of April

    We've reached the final day of the 2015 MLB season's first month. For some, it's been a good month. For others, it's been a not-so-good month. And you know what that means: It's time to sort them out...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 17,778 reads 75 comments

  25. Hanley Ramirez's Elite Power Defining His Boston Red Sox Homecoming

    Ask Hanley Ramirez , and he might tell you that not only is it possible to go home again, but that it's possible to go home again and hit all the dingers. And he would know...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 22,256 reads 43 comments