1. 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 3 months ago 10,216 reads 41 comments

  2. 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 3 months ago 20,618 reads 22 comments

  3. 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 3 months ago 948 reads 2 comments

  4. 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 3 months ago 42,829 reads 268 comments

  5. 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 3 months ago 12,726 reads 8 comments

  6. 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 3 months ago 9,311 reads 49 comments

  7. 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 3 months ago 7,357 reads 3 comments

  8. 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 3 months ago 8,982 reads 10 comments

  9. 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 3 months ago 4,242 reads 15 comments

  10. 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 3 months ago 102,402 reads 177 comments

  11. 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 3 months ago 45,845 reads 139 comments

  12. 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 3 months ago 16,307 reads 90 comments

  13. 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 3 months ago 656 reads 0 comments

  14. 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 3 months ago 836 reads 0 comments

  15. 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 3 months ago 13,955 reads 18 comments

  16. 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 3 months ago 5,683 reads 9 comments

  17. 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 3 months ago 11,531 reads 74 comments

  18. 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 3 months ago 13,053 reads 37 comments

  19. 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 3 months ago 13,806 reads 43 comments

  20. 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 3 months ago 15,716 reads 10 comments

  21. 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 3 months ago 15,753 reads 25 comments

  22. 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 3 months ago 6,416 reads 13 comments

  23. 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 3 months ago 22,557 reads 51 comments

  24. 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 3 months ago 21,358 reads 56 comments

  25. 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 3 months ago 12,628 reads 87 comments