1. Kyle Schwarber's Fluke ACL Tear an Early Test for Cubs' Sky-High Expectations

    Just like that, the Chicago Cubs have gone from being the darlings of Major League Baseball back to being a team that must prove it's not eternally cursed...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 23 days ago 30,077 reads 94 comments

  2. Will Kershaw, Greinke or Bumgarner Be NL West's Top Ace in 2016 Division War?

    It's high noon in the NL West. Into a deserted clearing step Clayton Kershaw , Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner . A breeze rolls tumbleweeds across the ground...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 24 days ago 12,492 reads 79 comments

  3. Locked-In Starlin Castro, Healthy Yankees Lineup Teasing Explosive Potential

    It appears that all the New York Yankees offense needed to get going this season was a one-game warm-up. Also, somebody other than Dallas Keuchel on the mound for the opposition...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 24 days ago 31,980 reads 80 comments

  4. David Price Gives Red Sox the Ace They Have Desperately Missed

    When you spend $217 million on a pitcher you expect to be an ace, you want him to at least make a strong first impression. And Tuesday, that's exactly what David Price gave the Boston Red Sox ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 26 days ago 16,401 reads 48 comments

  5. Jake Arrieta's Opening Day Gem Puts Any Anxiety to Rest over 2015 CY Winner

    This is a weird thing to say about a pitcher who dominated like a fiend en route to winning the National League Cy Young in 2015, but here goes: Jake Arrieta appears to be just fine, thank you very much...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 27 days ago 13,016 reads 35 comments

  6. Bryce Harper's Encore and Biggest Takeaways from 2016 MLB Opening Day

    Everyone, say hello to the 2016 Major League Baseball season. Following a practice run Sunday, Opening Day arrived for real Monday...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 27 days ago 72,546 reads 171 comments

  7. Royals Still Have All the Ingredients of Their Championship Formula in 2016

    In winning the American League pennant in 2014 and the World Series in 2015, the Kansas City Royals had a system. And on Opening Night of the 2016 season, they showed that the system still works...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 28 days ago 27,160 reads 85 comments

  8. Complete Preview, Predictions for Sunday's 2016 MLB Season Openers

    Who's ready for baseball that actually counts? Yes, it's finally here. Sunday is the day the 2016 Major League Baseball season begins, and not just with one game to whet everyone's appetite for Opening Day proper...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 29 days ago 58,466 reads 97 comments

  9. Pablo Sandoval Benching Is New Low in $95M Bust with Red Sox

    When the Boston Red Sox signed Pablo Sandoval in the winter of 2014, their hope was surely that he would take his game to new heights. Instead, Sandoval has gone down, down and down some more...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 213,984 reads 129 comments

  10. Bleacher Report's Full 2016 MLB Season Preview and Predictions

    The 2016 Major League Baseball season is nigh, so it's time to offer some predictions to the baseball gods...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 120,739 reads 503 comments

  11. Andrew McCutchen at Full Strength Paves Way for Monster Year in 2016

    There's just one way to explain Andrew McCutchen "only" finishing fifth in the National League MVP voting in 2015. The guy just had an off year. Sad, but true. But from the looks of things, 2015 is about to be ancient history...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 10,998 reads 21 comments

  12. Identifying the 'True Aces' of Major League Baseball Entering 2016

    If we were to pitch a show about Major League Baseball's best starting pitchers to HBO, it would obviously be called True Aces. That's the easy part. But we're here to consider what would be the hard part: casting it...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 92,243 reads 288 comments

  13. MLB Spring Training 2016: Ranking the Most Alarming Superstar Performances

    Spring training really shouldn't be freakout season. But then, what the heck else are we supposed to do? Not freak out? No way, man. It can't be done. Especially not when so many superstar players don't look the part...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 127,629 reads 127 comments

  14. Maikel Franco's Monstrous Spring Signals MLB's Next Big Hitting Star Has Arrived

    Maikel Franco has apparently decided on the Kris Bryant route to stardom: hit a whole bunch of dingers in spring training, and then keep right on slugging in the regular season...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 57,420 reads 51 comments

  15. Final Predictions for MLB's Most Hotly Contested 2016 Spring Position Battles

    With Opening Day creeping up on the calendar, teams across Major League Baseball are getting close to resolving one of very few things that matter in spring training: position battles...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 34,227 reads 31 comments

  16. 50 Reasons You Should Be Excited for the 2016 MLB Season

    With the start of the 2016 Major League Baseball season now fast approaching, there's only one thing to do: ACTIVATE THE HYPE MACHINE! This is just our biased opinion, but baseball ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 53,851 reads 152 comments

  17. SF Giants' Big-Name, Big-Money Rotation Suddenly Far from a Sure Thing

    The San Francisco Giants did what they needed to do with their starting rotation this winter, rebuilding it into a unit strong enough to put them back atop the NL West...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 36,586 reads 62 comments

  18. MLB Spring Training Flops It's Not Too Early to Be Concerned About

    Oh, we really shouldn't be wringing our hands over bad spring training performances. But sometimes, well, it's just too hard not to...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 34,163 reads 119 comments

  19. Dodgers Should Unleash Top Prospect Jose De Leon in Final 2016 Rotation Spot

    After they lost Zack Greinke to free agency, the Los Angeles Dodgers went after starting-pitching depth like they were doomsday preppers who could see a pitching apocalypse on the horizon...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 19,149 reads 20 comments

  20. MLB Spring Training 2016: Mid-Spring Breakdown of 10 Key Position Battles

    Spring training in Major League Baseball may be little more than a glorified practice session, but it does serve one practical purpose. Without it, teams would have a tough time resolving their position battles...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 36,525 reads 22 comments

  21. What Could Giancarlo Stanton Do in Full Season If Bad Injury Luck Finally Ends?

    In 2016, baseball fans can still think about Giancarlo Stanton the way basketball fans thought about Stephen Curry circa 2012: With talent like that, just imagine what he might do with good health...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 12,708 reads 16 comments

  22. Will Miguel Cabrera's 40-Home Run Power Return in 2016?

    Even if he doesn't change a thing from last season, Miguel Cabrera should be one of the best hitters in Major League Baseball in 2016. Given that he won his fourth batting title in five years in 2015, that just seems like a safe assessment...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 10,206 reads 35 comments

  23. Projecting MLB's Most Dominant Offenses in 2020

    The most dominant offense in Major League Baseball this season will probably belong to the Toronto Blue Jays. After what they did last year , call it a hunch. But in the year 2020? Now that's a good question...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 56,923 reads 143 comments

  24. Rocketing NY Stardom Putting Big Pressure on Yoenis Cespedes in 2016

    Yo definitely knows baseball. Through that and his larger-than-life personality, Yo has also come to know what it's like to be a superstar athlete in New York. But there's a dark side to that, you know...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 10,066 reads 97 comments

  25. ETAs for 8 Rebuilding MLB Teams to Become Playoff-Bound

    In this golden age of parity, most Major League Baseball teams look like contenders going into 2016. As for the rest, well, they're trying. They're really trying...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 29,327 reads 50 comments