1. Masahiro Tanaka's Odds of A.L.'s First-Ever Cy Young, R.O.Y. in Same Season

    Take a moment to try this one on for size: Masahiro Tanaka as the American League 's answer to Fernando Valenzuela. That'll be the case if the New York Yankees ' $175 million ace wins both the Cy Young Award and the Rookie of the Year Award...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 16,170 reads 59 comments

  2. Scorching-Hot Mike Trout's 2-Homer Outburst Highlights Lead in AL MVP Race

    Emerging as a leading candidate to win the American League MVP is something Mike Trout went through in both 2012 and 2013. He was just never able to emerge as the leading candidate for the award in the end...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 15,985 reads 176 comments

  3. How Andrew McCutchen Has Become an Even Better Player Post-MVP

    The technical term for Andrew McCutchen 's performance in 2012 and 2013 is "a hard act to follow." All he did was hit .322 with a .932 OPS across those two seasons, with last year's National League MVP award being the bow on top of it all...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 14,422 reads 14 comments

  4. 2014 MLB All-Star Game Voting Update, Biggest Takeaways 1 Month Out

    With the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game now just a month away, crunch time for the voting has arrived. And thanks to the latest batch of updates, now we know where the voting stands going into said crunch time...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 52,517 reads 148 comments

  5. MLB Stars Whose Contracts Give the Most Bang for Their Teams' Buck

    More so than any other sport, baseball is known for bad contracts. Such is life when clubs can't stop investing massive amounts of guaranteed dollars in players who have no hope of earning them...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 11,186 reads 38 comments

  6. Clutch Gregory Polanco, Pirates Outfield Tease Huge Potential in Epic Night

    Grab a pen and mark this down: Friday, June 13, 2014, at Marlins Park in Miami, Florida. That's the date and the venue of Gregory Polanco 's coming-out party...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 17,887 reads 34 comments

  7. Constructing MLB's Mount Rushmore of Active Starting Pitchers

    At the rate we keep coming up with ideas, it probably won't be long before the presidential faces on Mount Rushmore finally just get swapped out for athlete faces. I'd be cool with that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 17,694 reads 167 comments

  8. Dallas Keuchel's 2014 Breakout Has Made Him MLB's Top-Secret Ace

    You can be forgiven if you can't rattle off all of Major League Baseball's ace pitchers from memory in this pitching-crazy age. If it's only the Clayton Kershaws, Felix Hernandezes, Adam Wainwrights and Yu Darvishes who spring to mind, that's OK...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 22,966 reads 32 comments

  9. Are Pitchers or Position Players Better Franchise Cornerstones in Today's MLB?

    The question we're here to discuss doesn't feel original. That might be because it's not, as I'm fairly certain it's been baseball discussion fodder for a long time...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 4,376 reads 7 comments

  10. What's Causing Justin Verlander's Fall from Ace Power Pitcher to Ordinary?

    Suddenly, Justin Verlander is turning into Barry Zito. No, he hasn't begun throwing left-handed or (to my knowledge) playing the guitar. If only, as that would be preferable to how Verlander is actually taking after Zito...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 20,856 reads 78 comments

  11. How MLB Pitchers Can Try to Slow Down Jose Abreu's Red-Hot Power Bat

    A couple months ago, we could only guess how dangerous Jose Abreu would be in his first major league season after his defection from Cuba. Now that we're safely beyond small-sample-size territory, the answer is pretty clear: very...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 3,330 reads 7 comments

  12. What Has Led to Edwin Encarnacion's Offensive Surge in Recent Years?

    Let's travel back in time to 2011 and ponder what was then known about Edwin Encarnacion . Having posted a .787 OPS two years in a row and holding a career .789 OPS, the Toronto Blue Jays slugger looked like a good, but not great, hitter...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 10,496 reads 41 comments

  13. Why Gregory Polanco Is Hyped as MLB's Next Great 5-Tool Phenom

    The Pittsburgh Pirates already have two homegrown talents in their outfield in Starling Marte and 2013 National League MVP Andrew McCutchen . Now here comes a third...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 21,595 reads 22 comments

  14. MLB Team Needs 2014: Houston Astros

    Having suffered through three straight 100-loss seasons coming into this season, nobody expected the Houston Astros to be among the American League ’s contenders in 2014...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 1,087 reads 2 comments

  15. Manny Machado's Hothead Antics Go Too Far in Drama with A's

    Baltimore Orioles third baseman Manny Machado went into this weekend's series against the Oakland Athletics as one of Major League Baseball's most likable young players...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 43,153 reads 266 comments

  16. MLB Draft 2014: Ranking the 10 Biggest Steals of the Entire Draft

    There were 1,215 players drafted in the 40 rounds of the 2014 Major League Baseball draft. We'll know for sure which players were the big steals among that lot in, oh, about a decade...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 13,521 reads 8 comments

  17. A Vintage Matt Cain Could Make Giants an NL Juggernaut

    The San Francisco Giants are really good. Heck, they're so good that it's hard to imagine anything that could make them better. Save for one thing...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 9,423 reads 49 comments

  18. Jacob Lindgren: Prospect Profile for New York Yankees' 2nd-Round Pick

    Player: Jacob Lindgren Drafted by: New York Yankees Position: LHP DOB: 03/12/1993 (Age: 21) Height/Weight: 5'11", 205 pounds Bats/Throws: R/L School: ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 8,466 reads 3 comments

  19. Will 3 Straight No. 1 Draft Picks Finally Transform Astros into a Winner?

    Having now gone where no team had ever gone before, the Houston Astros will hope that their next step is a return to being one of Major League Baseball's premier franchises...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 9,072 reads 10 comments

  20. Why Adam Wainwright Is Finally Poised for Cy Young Breakthrough in 2014

    It'll be nothing new if Adam Wainwright comes close to winning the National League Cy Young this year. He's been there and done that, finishing third in the voting in 2009 and second in 2010 and 2013...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 4,551 reads 15 comments

  21. MLB Inviting Vigilante Justice by Not Suspending David Price in Big Papi Drama

    The next time there's drama between the Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays, Major League Baseball will get to share in the blame. Yup, we're taking it for granted that there will be more drama...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 102,526 reads 177 comments

  22. 2014 MLB All-Star Game's Latest Voting Update, Biggest Takeaways

    You've seen the voting for the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Now prepare to see it in an entirely new way... Updated! After providing an initial look at the voting last week, MLB has refreshed the totals...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 46,105 reads 139 comments

  23. Finding the Root of Nelson Cruz's MLB-Leading Power Explosion in 2014

    It wasn't long ago that we thought we had a good idea who Nelson Cruz was: an unlikely candidate to be a huge success story in 2014. Nah...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 16,529 reads 90 comments

  24. MLB Team Needs 2014: Kansas City Royals

    The Kansas City Royals ’ quest to build on their promising 86-76 season in 2013 isn’t going so well. After a strong April, the Royals went just 12-17 in May and have sunk to the bottom of the AL Central...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 806 reads 0 comments

  25. Team Needs 2014: Minnesota Twins

    The Minnesota Twins are a halfway decent team in 2014. After three straight 90-loss seasons, that will do nicely for progress. But who knows? Maybe halfway decent isn’t Minnesota’s ceiling in 2014...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 year ago 985 reads 0 comments