1. What Kris Bryant's Dominant Spring Roster Push Will Mean for Him, Cubs

    A couple weeks ago, you could look at Chicago Cubs superprospect Kris Bryant and ask two questions. First: Was he going to follow his explosive 2014 performance with a big ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 9,379 reads 29 comments

  2. CC Sabathia's Shaky Spring Debut Brings Back 2014 Questions

    And now for something we all ought to be used to by now: A discussion about whether veteran New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia is good at pitching baseballs anymore, which will inevitably skew toward an "I'm not so sure, man" conclusion...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 17,204 reads 41 comments

  3. Yu Darvish Injury Should Speed Up Power Phenom Joey Gallo's MLB Path

    Before we get to talking about Joey Gallo and the future of the Texas Rangers , let's talk about Yu Darvish and the present of the Texas Rangers. Which, yeah, is not a particularly pretty picture...

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  4. MLB's Unluckiest 2014 Players Who Could Turn Things Around in 2015

    When Yogi Berra said 90 percent of baseball is mental and that the other half is physical, he was only half-right. He forgot about luck, which is also some random-but-notable percentage of the game...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 26,758 reads 56 comments

  5. Just How Bad Will Atlanta Braves' Punchless Offense Be in 2015?

    The Atlanta Braves weren't very good at scoring runs in 2014. They averaged only 3.54 runs per game, which was the second-fewest in MLB and the organization's worst offensive showing since 1988...

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  6. Yu Darvish's Tommy John Surgery Puts Rangers in a Bind: Friday MLB Takeaways

    The Texas Rangers had more trouble with injuries than any other team in Major League Baseball last season, but at least they got to enjoy ace right-hander Yu Darvish for most of the year...

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  7. Patience or Panic on 10 Early Spring Training Concerns

    We remind ourselves every year not to worry about what happens during spring training. It's Major League Baseball's practice season, so it's typically a good idea to heed the wisdom of Allen Iverson ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 33,867 reads 44 comments

  8. Kris Bryant and Cubs Super Prospects Exceeding the Hype Early in Spring Training

    By all rights, the biggest star on the field during Thursday's exhibition between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Angels should have been the guy who played Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby and Lord Business...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 28,436 reads 81 comments

  9. MLB Teams That Look Most Likely to Surprise for 2015 Playoff Spots

    In the last three years, we've seen the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates snap long playoff droughts, and the Kansas City Royals come within one swing of winning the World Series...

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  10. With Derek Jeter Gone, Who Is the New King of New York Baseball?

    Can we all agree that we can stop asking who's going to replace Derek Jeter as the "Face of Baseball"? We should be able to. Depending on where you stand, that's either a question without an answer or a question with two reasonable answers...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 23,497 reads 58 comments

  11. Korean Star Jung Ho Kang May Be Much Better Than Advertised

    Be warned that we're about to drift into Spring Training Overreaction Territory. Because the spring exhibition season is hardly the most telling proving grounds, the nice things we're ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 30,739 reads 26 comments

  12. Marcus Stroman Injury Sends Blue Jays' 2015 A.L. East Hopes on Life Support

    The Toronto Blue Jays had every reason to be excited about not just what Marcus Stroman could do on the mound in 2015, but what he could do for their chances of winning their first division title since 1993...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 10,844 reads 62 comments

  13. Predictions for MLB's Top 10 Rookies in 2015

    There's nothing wrong with looking forward to watching the usual suspects in an upcoming baseball season. Indeed, why would there be anything wrong with champing at the bit for some ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 32,982 reads 55 comments

  14. 10 Breakout Stars from Spring Training's Opening Week of Games

    It's really not a good idea to get excited about the top spring training stars. It's an even worse idea to get excited about the top breakout stars, as the numbers they put up all too often lead to a whole lot of nothing...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 21,205 reads 19 comments

  15. Matt Harvey's Comeback Teases Return of Cy Young-Level Dominance

    It's going to be a while before we really know for sure. But for now, one thing at least appears to be true: Matt Harvey is back. The New York Mets ' fireballing right-hander didn't pitch at all in 2014, of course...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 15,403 reads 31 comments

  16. ETAs for Top Rebuilding MLB Teams to Become Playoff-Bound

    Thanks to an additional wild-card spot and the availability of lots and lots of spending money , it's really never been easier for Major League Baseball clubs to flip a switch and try to build a winner overnight...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 41,985 reads 161 comments

  17. What It Will Take for Nationals to Become True Historic 'Super Rotation'

    As soon as the world learned the Washington Nationals were adding Max Scherzer to an already awesome rotation, the word started to circulate: "Historic...

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  18. Should Matt Harvey Be Allowed to Go Full-Bore When 2015 Season Begins?

    Fellow fans of power pitching, rejoice! For Matt Harvey will be back in 2015. Sort of, anyway. Because the New York Mets don't want to push their luck in his first year back ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 3,553 reads 6 comments

  19. Alex Rodriguez's Return to Field Signals Time to Judge Ability, Not Past

    At long last, we have an excuse to stop talking about Alex Rodriguez the lightning rod and to start talking about Alex Rodriguez the baseball player. In our defense, there hasn't been much else to talk about in the last two years...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 7,407 reads 21 comments

  20. Star-Studded Myers-Kemp-Upton Outfield Could Actually Be Padres' Downfall

    Here's guessing the average baseball fan probably wouldn't have been able to name even one San Diego Padres outfielder last season, much less all three. But things ought to be different now...

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  21. What Big Spring from Kris Bryant Would Mean to Cubs' 2015 Playoff Hopes

    One way or another, Kris Bryant figures to be part of a promising 2015 season for the Chicago Cubs . But given the kind of talent the third base super prospect possesses, you ...

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  22. Vintage Justin Verlander Is Vital for Tigers to Continue AL Central Dominance

    There weren't many reasons to be optimistic about Justin Verlander in 2014. He spent the season producing like a below-average pitcher and all too often looked the part...

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  23. Ranking the Biggest Distractions of Spring Training

    Most spring training storylines you hear of will be about baseball. The whole idea is to mark the return of baseball, after all, so that makes sense. But then there are the other storylines...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 10,971 reads 14 comments

  24. Updating the Hottest Questions of 2015 MLB Spring Training, Week 2

    Last week, it was time for pitchers and catchers to report to spring training. This week, it was everyone else's turn. In other words: It's on, people...

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  25. Top Cuban Prospect Jorge Soler Is Key Cog in Cubs Realizing 2015 Hype

    You wouldn't expect a team with five straight seasons of at least 87 losses to be all the rage heading into a new season. The Chicago Cubs , however, have worked hard to be an exception...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 19,223 reads 29 comments