1. MLB Team Needs 2014: Oakland Athletics

    The road to the AL West title goes through the two-time defending champion Oakland A’s. And so far in 2014, they don’t look particularly willing to step aside...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 781 reads 0 comments

  2. Masahiro Tanaka Won't Be Solved by MLB Hitters After Dominant Start

    Listen, nobody really knew how Masahiro Tanaka was going to fare against MLB hitters upon his arrival from Japan. The New York Yankees made a $175 million leap of faith in his ability to perform well, but it was just that: a leap of faith...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 30,088 reads 31 comments

  3. MLB Smart to Backtrack on Transfer Rule, but Collision Confusion Still Looms

    Let's give Major League Baseball credit for making an adjustment that absolutely needed to be made. What has been a major point of contention early on in 2014 will no longer be a point of contention...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 8,064 reads 11 comments

  4. Sabermetrics for Dummies: How-to Guide for MLB Fans to Learn the Ropes

    So you want to be a baseball nerd. Wise choice. Of all the types of nerd I've experienced, baseball nerd has been the most rewarding. It definitely tops that time I was into pogs , anyway...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 32,909 reads 43 comments

  5. Should Pine Tar Be Legal for Pitchers?

    Don't worry. We're about to throw some blame Michael Pineda 's way. He deserves it for getting himself involved in yet another silly little controversy involving pine tar...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 59,641 reads 171 comments

  6. 10 Things You Don't Know About the 100 Years of Wrigley Field

    It's been 100 years to the day since Wrigley Field, the longtime home of the Chicago Cubs , first opened for business. That's our cue to celebrate...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 55,778 reads 13 comments

  7. Albert Pujols' 500-Home Run Milestone Cements First-Ballot Hall of Fame Entry

    Albert Pujols could retire right this minute and get a head start on preparing his induction into the Hall of Fame in five years' time. Pujols already had all the creds, and now he's part of a club Cooperstown is fond of: the 500 home run club..

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 11,380 reads 11 comments

  8. Is Early Parity a Sign the American League Is Weaker Than Usual in 2014?

    We're used to the American League being pretty good, as the AL has owned interleague play every year since 2004 and has produced more 90-win teams than the National League three years in a row...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 3,781 reads 10 comments

  9. MLB Team Needs 2014: New York Mets

    Despite the five straight losing seasons in their wake, the New York Mets entered 2014 with high expectations. At least as far as their general manager was concerned, anyway...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 1,223 reads 2 comments

  10. How Mike Trout's Rapid Rise Has Ruined Bryce Harper's Own Historic Success

    It's a safe assumption that a world without Mike Trout would be pretty lame, as "lame" is the last word anybody should use to describe the Los Angeles Angels' 22-year-old superstar...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 16,079 reads 104 comments

  11. Why MLB Should Embrace Trout-Cabrera as Next Sosa-McGwire Opportunity

    Whether it's over who's more valuable or who's baseball's best player, we sure do argue about Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera an awful lot...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 20,501 reads 103 comments

  12. Can Ike Davis Resurrect His Career in Time to Give the Pirates a Push in 2014?

    It wasn't really a matter of if the New York Mets were going to trade Ike Davis. It was really more a matter of when, and of which team would be willing to make an upside play on the lefty-swinging first baseman...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 2,174 reads 14 comments

  13. The Designated Hitter's Role in Creating Albatross MLB Contracts

    To create an albatross MLB contract, you'll need a team willing to live dangerously, a player with an amazing track record and around 30 years of age on him, and—of course—a huge bundle of cash...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 12,150 reads 10 comments

  14. Jon Lester Is Showing Red Sox Everything They Stand to Lose If He Leaves

    There's nothing like a good contract narrative, and here's a toast to how Jon Lester 's is suddenly a heck of a lot more interesting now than it was before. There just wasn't that much drama there for a while...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 3,384 reads 2 comments

  15. What's at the Core of Tigers' Miguel Cabrera's Slow Start?

    This sentence is not the official kickoff of the 2014 Miguel Cabrera Doom Watch. Nor this one. Or this one. Or thi ...all right, look. It's not happening right now...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 8,642 reads 22 comments

  16. How Epstein's Cubs Have Built a Brighter Future Than Cashman's Yankees

    Nobody will be surprised if the New York Yankees sweep their next two games against the Chicago Cubs. They're the better team right now, a fact so obviously true that no elaboration is needed...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 17,041 reads 159 comments

  17. Should Reds Be Feeling Buyer's Remorse on Homer Bailey's Mega-Extension?

    When the Cincinnati Reds signed Homer Bailey to a six-year, $106 million extension , they might as well have gotten him a T-shirt that said what they really thought of him: "One of the Best Pitchers in Baseball...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 7,547 reads 22 comments

  18. How Matt Moore's Season-Ending Injury Shakes Up the Tight AL East Race

    Compared to most clubs, the Tampa Bay Rays entered 2014 with a solid track record in regards to pitching injuries. So yeah, it's only natural that Rays pitchers are suddenly dropping like flies...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 14,410 reads 35 comments

  19. MLB Team Needs 2014: Chicago White Sox

    The Chicago White Sox could do little right in 2013, riding a roster that was short on high-upside talent to a 63-99 record and a last-place finish in the AL Central...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 1,616 reads 2 comments

  20. It's Not Too Early to View Streaking Brewers as NL Central Contenders

    We're still in the portion of the season when you have to be careful about taking anything at face value—especially with performances that seem out of character...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 8,090 reads 72 comments

  21. Why Bryce Harper's Season-Opening Slump Could Finally Be Behind Him

    It was rough for a while there, but it looks like our long Nationals nightmare may finally be over. Yes, Bryce Harper looks like he's back...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 7,240 reads 8 comments

  22. How Much Has Foreign Substance Helped Michael Pineda's Electric 2014 Start?

    On Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, the 2014 comeback story of New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda got a little dirty. Literally...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 16,502 reads 79 comments

  23. Breaking Down Paul Goldschmidt's Domination of Tim Lincecum

    As they, in all their they-fully wisdom, have been known to say: You win some and you lose some. Unless you're Tim Lincecum , and Paul Goldschmidt is at the plate...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 5,179 reads 5 comments

  24. New-Age MLB Athlete Is Shifting What Drives Star Power in Baseball

    It's said that one of the great things about baseball is that you don't need to be a physical specimen to excel at it. Jose Altuve's very existence sort of proves the point...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 53,888 reads 53 comments

  25. Prince Fielder's Early Struggles May Be a Sign of Things to Come for Rangers

    It's not often that you get a guy who's a massive free-agent bust and a massive trade bust. Guys tend to belong to one club or the other, not both. Which brings us to Prince Fielder ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 22,414 reads 61 comments