1. What's Next for Joe Maddon's Managerial Future After Shocking Opt-Out?

    So then, are there any takers for a two-time Manager of the Year with a .552 winning percentage since 2008 and an American League pennant to his name? A guy like that just so happens to be available, you know...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 months ago 48,550 reads 121 comments

  2. Will Losing Billy Butler in San Francisco Doom Royals' World Series Hopes?

    The Kansas City Royals ' best hitter in the first two games of the World Series was Billy Butler . In Games 3, 4 and 5 of the series, here's where you'll be able to spot him: On the bench...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 31,251 reads 48 comments

  3. Buster Posey's Career Path Signals MLB May Already Have 'Next Derek Jeter'

    Hey, have you heard the one about Buster Posey being the next Derek Jeter? Of course you have. Probably a lot. Possibly too often by now. But there is something to it, you know...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 8,211 reads 35 comments

  4. It's Far from Panic Time for Giants in World Series Despite Game 2 Loss

    The San Francisco Giants had a chance to head home from Kansas City with a 2-0 lead over the Royals in the World Series, otherwise known as a pretty good spot to be in. Well, they're not...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 10,698 reads 40 comments

  5. Where the Underrated Bruce Bochy Ranks Among Elite MLB Managers

    Currently managing in the 2014 World Series is a guy who just doesn't get enough credit. No, not Ned Yost ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 8,445 reads 15 comments

  6. James Shields' Ongoing Struggles Create World Series Dilemma for Royals

    The Kansas City Royals began their October run with their share of question marks, but not atop their starting rotation. In James Shields , they had a guy who could match up with anybody...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 14,396 reads 10 comments

  7. World Series 2014: Series Preview and Game-by-Game Predictions

    On paper, the idea of an 88-win team squaring off against an 89-win team in the World Series isn't overly appealing...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 35,348 reads 82 comments

  8. James Shields Must Earn Back 'Big Game James' Reputation in World Series

    Returning to the postseason for the first time since 1985, the Kansas City Royals were a force of nature in ripping through the Oakland A's, Los Angeles Angels and Baltimore Orioles to get to the World Series...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 5,730 reads 5 comments

  9. Brian Sabean Deserves Big Praise for Assembling Giants' 2014 NL Champion Roster

    In a season defined by standout performances from their biggest stars, the characteristically steady managing of Bruce Bochy and, most recently, one of the great heroic blasts ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 11,565 reads 12 comments

  10. What Is Behind San Francisco Giants' Bizarre Even-Year Postseason Magic?

    It's too easy to say it. But with the San Francisco Giants having punched their ticket to a third World Series in the last five years, we might as well: Death, taxes and the Giants in the World Series in even years...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 43,705 reads 64 comments

  11. World Series 2014: Giants vs. Royals Position-by-Position Breakdown

    Here's the storyline for the 2014 World Series : Either a team is going to put itself in dynasty territory with a third title in five years or a club is going to end a 29-year postseason drought by going out on top...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 84,593 reads 373 comments

  12. Cardinals Need Vintage Effort from Struggling Adam Wainwright to Save Season

    Under normal circumstances, turning to staff ace Adam Wainwright to save their season would be the ideal scenario for the St. Louis Cardinals . The circumstances the Cardinals are facing right now, however, are not normal...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 6,954 reads 30 comments

  13. Are We Witnessing the Devaluing of the Big-Game Postseason Ace Blueprint?

    True or false: You need at least one ace starting pitcher to succeed in the postseason. Past Octobers have conditioned us to immediately think "true." But this October is weird...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 5,893 reads 6 comments

  14. Andrew Friedman's Baseball Genius, Dodgers Resources Are Dangerous MLB Marriage

    The other 29 teams in Major League Baseball already had good reasons to fear the Los Angeles Dodgers , between all their riches and all their star power...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 29,449 reads 50 comments

  15. Ned Yost's Questionable Decisions Keep Coming Up Roses in ALCS

    There was a point during the American League Wild Card Game that Ned Yost was crowned King Bonehead of Manager Earth, with his punishment being eternal mockery. But then his Kansas City Royals stormed back to beat the Oakland A's...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 5,394 reads 8 comments

  16. Yadier Molina's Absence Would Be Critical Blow to Cardinals' Title Hopes

    Game 2 of the National League Championship Series ended with the St. Louis Cardinals faithful at Busch Stadium going crazy in the ninth inning...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 16,344 reads 32 comments

  17. Royals-Orioles Game 1 Bullpen Battle Sets Tone for Rest of ALCS

    For all the weirdness that unfolded in Game 1 of the American League Championship Series Friday night, there was one thing that went as expected...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 4,458 reads 3 comments

  18. Why We Shouldn't Be Surprised by MLB's 'Final Four' Contenders

    Take a look at the four teams that made it to the League Championship Series round. Take a good look. Surprised by what you see? You shouldn't be...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 12,059 reads 12 comments

  19. Despite Risks, J.J. Hardy Extension Is Win-Win for Both Sides

    On the eve of their first American League Championship Series since 1997, the Baltimore Orioles have decided to get a head start on their offseason to-do list...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 9,983 reads 15 comments

  20. Bleacher Report's 2014 League Division Series Awards

    Officially, Major League Baseball doesn't hand out awards for the division series round. No player awards. No manager awards. No nothing. But that's OK. It leaves the door open for us to have some fun with the idea...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 39,589 reads 41 comments

  21. Adam Wainwright's Arm Troubles Will Not Decide National League Champion

    Here's a combination of things that sounds bad: Adam Wainwright has a cranky arm, he's the St. Louis Cardinals ' best pitcher and the National League Championship Series starts Saturday...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 10,915 reads 12 comments

  22. Clayton Kershaw's Disappointing NLDS an Unfortunate Ending to Monumental Season

    There are times when "the narrative" has a point. But there are also times when it can be downright unfair. For Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw , this is one of those times...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 13,946 reads 125 comments

  23. St. Louis Cardinals' NLDS Power Surge Gives Them Dangerous New Dynamic

    Of all the ways the 2014 St. Louis Cardinals could have launched themselves into a fourth straight National League Championship Series, breaking out the thunder didn't seem very high on the list...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 21,929 reads 32 comments

  24. Clayton Kershaw Will Face Biggest Postseason Test on Short Rest in NLDS Game 4

    If Clayton Kershaw wants to add a signature postseason performance to a career résumé that could use one, Tuesday in St. Louis would be a good time and place to get it...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 6,591 reads 17 comments

  25. Is Mike Trout to Blame for Angels' Shocking ALDS Washout?

    Already baseball's top talent, Mike Trout 's first postseason was his shot to cement himself as the game's biggest star. A good start would be leading his Los Angeles Angels over the Kansas City Royals in the American League Division Series...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 11 months ago 14,466 reads 53 comments