1. Yoenis Cespedes' Scorching Bat Is Lifting Mets Back into Playoff Picture

    Yoenis Cespedes is just one guy on a 25-man roster, and he's still feeling a quadriceps injury that put him on the disabled list Aug. 4. It's not fair to expect him to carry the New York Mets to October...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 21 hours ago 22,944 reads 49 comments

  2. Dustin Pedroia Has Become Forgotten Star in Red Sox's Booming Offense

    We've talked plenty about David Ortiz, for reasons that amount to "duh." We've talked about Mookie Betts, who's an MVP candidate . We've had good things to say about Xander Bogaerts and Jackie Bradley Jr...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 days ago 23,322 reads 41 comments

  3. Don't Forget About Max Scherzer in NL Cy Young Race

    If Max Scherzer 's American League Cy Young Award is beginning to feel lonely, it could soon have company. In the wasteland that is the National League Cy Young race without a fully functioning Clayton Kershaw, anyone could claim this year's award...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 days ago 10,698 reads 19 comments

  4. Red-Hot Adrian Gonzalez Adds Another Weapon to Dangerous Dodgers Offense

    Even with Adrian Gonzalez 's awesomeness meter at less than 100 percent for most of the season, the Los Angeles Dodgers haven't had much trouble hitting in 2016. Just imagine what they can do now that his meter is far past 100 percent...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 days ago 23,246 reads 19 comments

  5. Clayton Kershaw, Rich Hill on the Comeback Trail at Perfect Time for Dodgers

    Just when the Los Angeles Dodgers have finally caught up with the San Francisco Giants , their starting pitching has gone and quit on them. Clayton Kershaw and Rich Hill, that's your cue to come back and fix everything...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 10 days ago 19,123 reads 21 comments

  6. Kris Bryant Faces Winding Road to Add MVP to His Growing Resume

    Because the baseball gods decree that every season must feature an overly complicated debate about the "V" in "MVP," 2016 has given us the curious case of Kris Bryant. There's no need to be curious about Bryant's stardom...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 12 days ago 10,919 reads 63 comments

  7. Risky 6-Man Rotation Is Blue Jays' Best Shot at Deep 2016 Postseason Run

    For some teams, questing for a World Series trophy requires sticking with whatever's working. The Toronto Blue Jays don't have that luxury. Things are mostly good for the reigning AL East champs...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 14 days ago 5,039 reads 11 comments

  8. Mookie Betts Has Real Chance of Crashing AL MVP Party

    In the American League MVP race, one undersized dynamo is now being hotly pursued by another undersized dynamo. The latter is Mookie Betts, who you've probably noticed in your news feed recently...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 15 days ago 17,432 reads 132 comments

  9. Another Lost Giancarlo Stanton Season Sends Playoff-Hopeful Marlins Reeling

    With Giancarlo Stanton having suffered yet another significant injury, now's a good time to repurpose the catchphrase for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game. This time, it counts...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 16 days ago 25,505 reads 46 comments

  10. Gary Sanchez Gives 1st Glimpse of Yankees' Bright Homegrown Future

    There's not a lot of joy to be derived from the New York Yankees ' present. Their 58-56 record is far from an Atlanta Braves -level disaster, but it marks the fourth year in a row they've been mired in mediocrity...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 19 days ago 14,435 reads 45 comments

  11. In Smaller Spotlight, Carlos Correa Has Continued Superstar Rise

    Last year, Carlos Correa somehow lived up to the hype after beginning his major league career as baseball's best prospect. After that, it was only fair that there was a huge spotlight on him coming into 2016...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 19 days ago 8,506 reads 34 comments

  12. Predicting MLB's 10 Postseason Teams at the 3-Quarter Mark

    October will be here soon. Do you know where your playoff teams are? It's only August, so we don't either. All we know is which clubs we think are going to make it into the postseason, and we're more than glad to share...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 20 days ago 39,225 reads 145 comments

  13. Alex Rodriguez-Joe Girardi Drama Making Yankees 'Farewell Tour' a Rocky Affair

    Just when the New York Yankees allowed us to think we might be done forever with controversies centered around Alex Rodriguez , manager Joe Girardi pulled us back in...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 20 days ago 173,933 reads 78 comments

  14. Can Red Sox Rookie Andrew Benintendi Be Pennant Race Difference-Maker?

    Nothing fun lasts forever. Not even the Boston Red Sox 's lineup, which has gone from spectacular in the first half to slump-tacular in the second half. It needs a pick-me-up. Enter Andrew Benintendi ? Officially, the answer became yes a week ago...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 21 days ago 24,448 reads 29 comments

  15. Full MLB Award Predictions at the 3-Quarter Mark of the 2016 Season

    Roughly three-quarters of the way through the 2016 Major League Baseball season, plenty of things are coming into focus. That includes awards season, so let's take a fresh look at who's in line for hardware...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 22 days ago 27,930 reads 146 comments

  16. Dodgers' Hyped Rookie Corey Seager Is Even Better Than Advertised

    It can be dangerous to buy into the hype whenever a top baseball prospect begins his major league journey. There's a long list of examples to vouch for how potential doesn't always pan out...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 22 days ago 13,963 reads 38 comments

  17. Tim Lincecum's Latest Flop Is End of Once-Great Starting Career

    It's finally time to admit something that's been increasingly apparent for five seasons now: Tim Lincecum is done as a major league starting pitcher. For now, it sure seems like he's started his last game for the Los Angeles Angels ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 24 days ago 30,668 reads 30 comments

  18. Playing 'Contender or Pretender' for MLB Playoff Race with 2 Months Left

    Now that the trade deadline and its accompanying madness have come and gone, it's time for Major League Baseball's stretch run to whittle its playoff races down to 10 final teams. Time will be the final judge on that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 26 days ago 57,796 reads 177 comments

  19. Edwin Encarnacion Positioning Himself as the Prize Slugger of the MLB Offseason

    If you're a fan of star-studded Major League Baseball free-agent classes, I come bearing bad news. There's not going to be one this winter. Sorry. But hey, at least Edwin Encarnacion will be out there...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 26 days ago 17,629 reads 42 comments

  20. Time for Justin Turner to Be Taken Seriously as Dodgers Star

    It's not easy to take Justin Turner seriously as a star player. He used to be an anonymous New York Mets utility guy. He's now a Los Angeles Dodger not named Clayton Kershaw , Adrian Gonzalez or Corey Seager ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 27 days ago 33,603 reads 43 comments

  21. Red-Hot Tigers' Assault on the AL Central Is the Real Deal

    The AL Central race had been feeling like a foregone conclusion. The Cleveland Indians took hold of first place in early June and held a lead of at least five games every day between June 25 and July 26...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 27 days ago 18,956 reads 56 comments

  22. 1 Year Later, Pro Baseball's 1st Openly Gay Player Still Leads by Example

    Sean Conroy's trip to the National Baseball Hall of Fame last November wasn't his first. His hometown of Clifton Park is roughly 70 miles from Cooperstown, so he'd seen the exhibits about baseball's immortals...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 28 days ago 30,252 reads 33 comments

  23. Rangers Shake Up AL Pennant Chase with Carlos Beltran, Jonathan Lucroy Haul

    Major League Baseball's 2016 trade deadline passed with a veritable bang. Deals were being made left and right, and many included big names. In no place, however, was the noise louder than in Texas...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 29 days ago 35,581 reads 87 comments

  24. Jonathan Lucroy Would Give Indians a Major Piece of Championship-Caliber Team

    After more than half a century of nothing, the city of Cleveland is nearing a realistic chance of getting two championships in less than a year...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 34,378 reads 44 comments

  25. Jay Bruce's Big-Time Power Would Fill Missing Link in Dodgers Offense

    By the time you finish reading this sentence, Jay Bruce may have already become the newest member of the Los Angeles Dodgers ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 25,416 reads 46 comments