1. 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 month ago 8,951 reads 10 comments

  2. 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 month ago 4,130 reads 15 comments

  3. 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 month ago 102,327 reads 177 comments

  4. 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 month ago 45,762 reads 139 comments

  5. 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 month ago 16,244 reads 90 comments

  6. 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 month ago 586 reads 0 comments

  7. 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 month ago 788 reads 0 comments

  8. International Stars' Immediate MLB Stardom Signaling Less Risk Than Past

    This being the year 2014, it's not news that players born outside of the ol' U.S. of A. can find success in Major League Baseball. That's something we've been used to for a while...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 13,885 reads 18 comments

  9. Where Is MLB's Next 'Maverick' Owner, and Does It Need One?

    I'd like to begin the following baseball discussion by noting that Mark Cuban is in the news again. Cuban, owner of the Dallas Mavericks since 2000, said some controversial things ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 5,646 reads 9 comments

  10. Who Is the A.L.'s Top 2014 Contender, Blue Jays, Tigers or A's?

    We're nearing the end of May, and nobody's running away with the American League. Drat. I guess that means it's up to us to figure which team is the one to beat...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 11,493 reads 74 comments

  11. George Springer Forcing His Way into Hotly Contested A.L. ROY Race

    In 2012, the American League Rookie of the Year race was the Mike Trout show. In 2013, it was a race nobody wanted to lead until Wil Myers stood up and said, "Fine, I'll do it." Things look different this year...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 12,983 reads 37 comments

  12. What's Behind the American League's Power Outage in 2014?

    I'll tell ya, American League hitters just aren't what they used to be. Not this year, anyway. Very quietly, there's a pretty serious power outage going on in the Junior Circuit...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 13,773 reads 43 comments

  13. Tony La Russa's Hiring Could Be First Step of the Rise of the 'Baseball Czar'

    One hiring doesn't equal a trend. This is worth acknowledging, if for no other reason than it's true. But since one hiring can start a trend, let's venture to do a little bold ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 15,644 reads 10 comments

  14. Josh Beckett's No-Hitter Puts Spotlight on Impressive 2014 Comeback

    You can be forgiven if you wrote Josh Beckett off sometime in the last year or so. That's usually the right thing to do with older pitchers who see their ERAs balloon over 5...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 15,700 reads 25 comments

  15. Clayton Kershaw Puts Concerns to Rest with Dominant Bounceback Start

    In years past, we haven't gotten many excuses to ask what's wrong with Clayton Kershaw . That's a question that you ask when a pitcher is either hurt or ineffective, and Kershaw has rarely been either...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 6,369 reads 13 comments

  16. Cubs Are Set Up Perfectly to Grab Huge Jeff Samardzija Trade Bounty

    The Chicago Cubs don't have to trade Jeff Samardzija this summer. He's not a free agent until after 2015. And as a non-penniless organization, the Cubs still have a shot at extending him...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 22,496 reads 58 comments

  17. What Big Post-Suspension Numbers Say About MLB's PED Users

    The phrase "performance-enhancing drugs" ought to be self-explanatory. If you use them, your performance will be enhanced. If you don't, it won't. Out there right now, however, are a few ballplayers who are making things complicated...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 21,285 reads 56 comments

  18. What Is Behind Mike Trout's Ballooning Strikeout Rate in 2014?

    It's a heck of a thing to look up and see Mike Trout channeling Adam Dunn at the plate. You want to believe it's just a bad dream. You know, like the one with the cobras . But it's not...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 12,118 reads 87 comments

  19. How Sonny Gray Can Steal the 2014 AL Cy Young Award

    There's a Gray horse in the 2014 American League Cy Young race. Either that, or the dark horse in the race is Sonny. Whatever. You get it...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 19,298 reads 32 comments

  20. MLB Team Needs 2014: Toronto Blue Jays

    The Toronto Blue Jays entered 2014 as something of a forgotten team, their punishment for disappointing amid so much hype in 2013. Six weeks into the season, however, the Blue Jays are a team that deserves some attention...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 1,900 reads 7 comments

  21. Playing Fact or Fiction with MLB's Biggest First-Quarter Breakouts

    Before any MLB season starts, we pretend to know who the stars are going to be. Typically, the list includes players who are accustomed to being stars. Such is the way of things...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 30,526 reads 85 comments

  22. Max Scherzer Showing the Road to 2014 AL Cy Young Goes Through Him

    A quarter of the way through the season, the 2014 American League Cy Young race isn't lacking in participants. Masahiro Tanaka is one standout. So is Sonny Gray. And Mark Buehrle...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 14,493 reads 63 comments

  23. Is Hot-Hitting Miguel Cabrera Finally Back to Being Himself?

    For a while there, Miguel Cabrera wasn't hitting like Miguel Cabrera. For a while since, he has been hitting like Miguel Cabrera. Ergo, Miggy must be Miggy again...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 15,207 reads 45 comments

  24. Dodgers Right to Balk at Hanley Ramirez's $130 Million Asking Price

    Let's acknowledge that $130 million is nothing for the Los Angeles Dodgers . Knowing the spending habits of really rich people, they probably spend that much on monocles every year...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 10,357 reads 23 comments

  25. Comparing and Contrasting Dominance of Masahiro Tanaka and Yu Darvish

    To some extents, comparing Masahiro Tanaka and Yu Darvish is easy. They both throw right-handed. They're both from Japan...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 11,671 reads 29 comments