1. Why Top Mets Prospect Noah Syndergaard Is Hyped as a Future MLB Ace

    On the mound for the New York Mets on this particular day will be an intimidating right-hander with an electric arm and all the talent he needs to be one of baseball's best pitchers...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 17 days ago 15,280 reads 29 comments

  2. Facing an Opt-out Year, Zack Greinke Is Exploring New Pitching Heights

    If he's so inclined, Zack Greinke can end his six-year contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers after only three seasons at the end of 2015. He just better make sure he has a really good season first...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 18 days ago 16,814 reads 21 comments

  3. Another Ace Bites the Dust as Tommy John Halts Alex Cobb's Great Young Career

    As if anyone needed further confirmation that no pitcher is safe from Tommy John surgery in today's MLB , another ace has bitten the dust. This time, it's Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Alex Cobb ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 21 days ago 8,285 reads 14 comments

  4. Playing Slump or Bust with MLB's Most Shocking Ice-Cold Starts

    You never know what kind of weirdness will happen in the first month of the Major League Baseball season. Up can turn into down. Left can become right. Dogs move in with cats, and vice versa...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 21 days ago 29,808 reads 62 comments

  5. Dodgers Rookie Joc Pederson's Instant Superstardom Is No Joke

    If you really strain your brain, you might be able to remember a time when rookie center fielder Joc Pederson was one of the big unknowns on the veteran-laden Los Angeles Dodgers ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 23 days ago 24,767 reads 67 comments

  6. At Just 22, Bryce Harper's Light-Tower Power Ready to Join MLB's Best

    It's time to switch up the narrative on Bryce Harper . Instead of talking about what he might be, let's start talking about what he's becoming. Here's the short version: He's becoming one of the very best power hitters in Major League Baseball...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 23 days ago 15,650 reads 69 comments

  7. Ranking MLB's 25 Most Important Players in 2015

    There are 750 players in the majors at any given moment, and all of them are important in their own way. Yes, even the backup catchers and the LOOGYs . They're people too. But we're not here to hand out participation medals...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 23 days ago 42,872 reads 130 comments

  8. Pitchers Who Have Officially Graduated to Front-Line MLB Starters

    It's not easy to gain entry into the MLB Brotherhood of Aces. You have to pay your dues, and then there's a rigorous inspection to pass before graduation...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 26 days ago 13,879 reads 56 comments

  9. Willie Mays' Immortal Legacy Goes Untouched After A-Rod Hits No. 660

    It's official now. Alex Rodriguez owns 660 career home runs, tying him with Willie Mays for fourth on the all-time list. From here, he has only Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron and Barry Bonds to catch...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 28 days ago 34,692 reads 142 comments

  10. Reds' Decision to Spend Big on Homer Bailey Backfires in More Ways Than One

    The $105 million contract the Cincinnati Reds gave Homer Bailey before the 2014 season has turned into a $105 million gut punch, and the team may be reeling from it for a while...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 28 days ago 9,762 reads 6 comments

  11. Better-Than-Ever Bryce Harper at the Core of Nationals' Offensive Surge

    Had you bothered to Google "Washington Nationals offense" earlier this week, you would have come across two headlines that said it all...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 29 days ago 15,281 reads 34 comments

  12. Can Soler-Rizzo-Bryant-Russell Quartet Become Future Murderers' Row for Cubs?

    There are some pieces of baseball history that a responsible baseball writer needs to think twice about invoking. Then there are the "Murderers' Row" New York Yankees lineups of the 1920s, which require at least 1...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 29 days ago 37,056 reads 79 comments

  13. MLB's Biggest Winners and Losers for the Month of April

    We've reached the final day of the 2015 MLB season's first month. For some, it's been a good month. For others, it's been a not-so-good month. And you know what that means: It's time to sort them out...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 29 days ago 17,738 reads 75 comments

  14. Hanley Ramirez's Elite Power Defining His Boston Red Sox Homecoming

    Ask Hanley Ramirez , and he might tell you that not only is it possible to go home again, but that it's possible to go home again and hit all the dingers. And he would know...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 30 days ago 22,224 reads 43 comments

  15. MLB's Major Awards Leaders Heading into May Baseball

    Don't hold your breath waiting for the winners of Major League Baseball's big awards to be announced. Not unless you can hold it for six months, anyway, because that's how long the wait is...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 69,378 reads 145 comments

  16. Mike Trout's New Aggressive Approach Is Making Baseball's Best Even Better

    There's a new Mike Trout roaming the baseball landscape early in 2015. And so far, he looks suspiciously like the old Mike Trout, who most everyone knew and loved as the game's best player...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 49,817 reads 87 comments

  17. Cole Hamels Struts His Stuff as List of Suitors Grows

    Every start Cole Hamels makes is an audition. And with each performance, his audience appears to be growing. If that is indeed the case, they must be liking what they're seeing...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 14,058 reads 23 comments

  18. MLB's All-Underrated Team After 2015's Opening Month

    We're close to being a full month into the 2015 Major League Baseball season. So by now, you should have already noticed who the big stars are. But enough about them. Let's focus on the lesser-known stars instead...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 109,480 reads 148 comments

  19. 10 MLB Players Who Were Hyped Too Early for 2015

    If baseball is America's favorite pastime, our second -favorite pastime might be predicting which players are going to be breakout stars in a new season. Sometimes, we're right on the money with our predictions...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 58,447 reads 89 comments

  20. Yankees-Mets Subway Series Begins New-Age Battle for NY Baseball Throne

    The Yankees and Mets may share the landscape, but it's right there on Page 1 of "New York for Dummies" that the Big Apple is a Yankees town by default. Only in times of great upheaval does the city change its pinstripes...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 19,720 reads 84 comments

  21. Joe Nathan Surgery Leaves His Career, Tigers Bullpen in Flux

    If you haven't heard the latest on Joe Nathan , it's not good. As the Detroit Tigers announced Thursday morning , the veteran closer is done for the year. Be prepared to say goodbye to Nathan's career...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 11,943 reads 10 comments

  22. Clayton Kershaw, Madison Bumgarner Duel Puts Ace Lefties Back on Track

    Everyone, open your arms and give a kind "Welcome back" to Clayton Kershaw and Madison Bumgarner. They're back, all right. We can tell from how the two of them pitched in their showdown at AT&T Park on Tuesday night...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 15,187 reads 52 comments

  23. MLB Has to Do More to Control Its Bad Blood, Self-Policing Culture

    Rob Manfred has enough on his plate. Major League Baseball's new commissioner has pace of play, dwindling offense and assorted business matters to worry about. That's plenty...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 23,977 reads 155 comments

  24. Adam Jones Stepping Up as MVP Candidate When O's Need Him Most

    It's too early to get heavily into MVP talk. If you came in here hoping for a full breakdown of the early MVP picture in the American League , too bad...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 4,976 reads 17 comments

  25. Marlins Watching Another High-Expectation Season Go Up in Flames in April

    You could practically see the Miami Marlins beaming as they came into the 2015 season. It did indeed figure to be a good one after a winter of big moves and big talk, and they've kicked things off by going...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 7,040 reads 13 comments