1. 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 23,884 reads 57 comments

  2. 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 9,488 reads 54 comments

  3. 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 11,661 reads 15 comments

  4. 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 8,846 reads 31 comments

  5. 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 9,914 reads 17 comments

  6. 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 20,703 reads 35 comments

  7. 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 15,995 reads 29 comments

  8. 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 17,570 reads 21 comments

  9. 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 8,411 reads 14 comments

  10. 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 29,921 reads 62 comments

  11. 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 25,157 reads 67 comments

  12. 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 15,832 reads 69 comments

  13. 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 43,242 reads 128 comments

  14. 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 13,973 reads 56 comments

  15. 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 34,802 reads 142 comments

  16. 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 10,601 reads 6 comments

  17. 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 15,453 reads 34 comments

  18. 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 37,422 reads 79 comments

  19. 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 17,781 reads 75 comments

  20. 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 22,261 reads 43 comments

  21. MLB's Major Awards Leaders Heading into May Baseball

    Don't hold your breath waiting for the winners of Major League Baseball's big awards to be announced. Not unless you can hold it for six months, anyway, because that's how long the wait is...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 69,489 reads 145 comments

  22. Mike Trout's New Aggressive Approach Is Making Baseball's Best Even Better

    There's a new Mike Trout roaming the baseball landscape early in 2015. And so far, he looks suspiciously like the old Mike Trout, who most everyone knew and loved as the game's best player...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 50,228 reads 87 comments

  23. Cole Hamels Struts His Stuff as List of Suitors Grows

    Every start Cole Hamels makes is an audition. And with each performance, his audience appears to be growing. If that is indeed the case, they must be liking what they're seeing...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 14,112 reads 23 comments

  24. MLB's All-Underrated Team After 2015's Opening Month

    We're close to being a full month into the 2015 Major League Baseball season. So by now, you should have already noticed who the big stars are. But enough about them. Let's focus on the lesser-known stars instead...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about over 1 year ago 109,927 reads 148 comments

  25. 10 MLB Players Who Were Hyped Too Early for 2015

    If baseball is America's favorite pastime, our second -favorite pastime might be predicting which players are going to be breakout stars in a new season. Sometimes, we're right on the money with our predictions...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about over 1 year ago 58,618 reads 89 comments