1. Dodgers Well Set Up to Endure an Early-Season Absence by Hyun-Jin Ryu

    Suddenly, a prominent Los Angeles Dodgers left-hander is dealing with a shoulder injury that won't be going away for a while. But don't worry. It's not that prominent Dodgers lefty...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 8,195 reads 7 comments

  2. MLB's Luckiest 2014 Players Who Could Struggle in 2015

    Earlier this week, we looked at poor souls who were victimized by bad luck during the 2014 Major League Baseball season and who are therefore due for good luck in 2015. 'Twas a happy discussion, as forecasting good luck is cheerful work...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 12,775 reads 33 comments

  3. Would a Cole Hamels Trade Be Enough to Save Rangers' 2015 Season?

    The Texas Rangers could have chosen to wave a white flag when they found out Yu Darvish had been lost for the 2015 season due to Tommy John surgery, but they're not...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 9,739 reads 23 comments

  4. MLB Players Suddenly Facing Skyrocketed Expectations in 2015

    Nobody needs to be told that guys like Mike Trout, Clayton Kershaw and Andrew McCutchen are facing high expectations heading into 2015. For players like them, high expectations come with the territory...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 8,281 reads 4 comments

  5. Mid-Spring Training Takeaways on MLB's New Pace of Play Changes

    Major League Baseball is taking its first steps into a strange new world this spring, one that features clocks and batters frequently standing at attention in the box. All in the name of speeding up the game...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 3,722 reads 9 comments

  6. MLB Spring Training 2015: Mid-Spring Breakdown of Every Key Position Battle

    We've reached more or less the middle of Major League Baseball's spring season, and that means the spring training position battles being waged are halfway over. And that means it's time to see who's still standing...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 26,604 reads 37 comments

  7. What Kris Bryant's Dominant Spring Roster Push Will Mean for Him, Cubs

    A couple weeks ago, you could look at Chicago Cubs superprospect Kris Bryant and ask two questions. First: Was he going to follow his explosive 2014 performance with a big ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 9,321 reads 29 comments

  8. CC Sabathia's Shaky Spring Debut Brings Back 2014 Questions

    And now for something we all ought to be used to by now: A discussion about whether veteran New York Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia is good at pitching baseballs anymore, which will inevitably skew toward an "I'm not so sure, man" conclusion...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 17,173 reads 52 comments

  9. Yu Darvish Injury Should Speed Up Power Phenom Joey Gallo's MLB Path

    Before we get to talking about Joey Gallo and the future of the Texas Rangers , let's talk about Yu Darvish and the present of the Texas Rangers. Which, yeah, is not a particularly pretty picture...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 12,544 reads 15 comments

  10. MLB's Unluckiest 2014 Players Who Could Turn Things Around in 2015

    When Yogi Berra said 90 percent of baseball is mental and that the other half is physical, he was only half-right. He forgot about luck, which is also some random-but-notable percentage of the game...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 26,708 reads 56 comments

  11. Just How Bad Will Atlanta Braves' Punchless Offense Be in 2015?

    The Atlanta Braves weren't very good at scoring runs in 2014. They averaged only 3.54 runs per game, which was the second-fewest in MLB and the organization's worst offensive showing since 1988...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 29,347 reads 101 comments

  12. Yu Darvish's Tommy John Surgery Puts Rangers in a Bind: Friday MLB Takeaways

    The Texas Rangers had more trouble with injuries than any other team in Major League Baseball last season, but at least they got to enjoy ace right-hander Yu Darvish for most of the year...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 20,889 reads 9 comments

  13. Patience or Panic on 10 Early Spring Training Concerns

    We remind ourselves every year not to worry about what happens during spring training. It's Major League Baseball's practice season, so it's typically a good idea to heed the wisdom of Allen Iverson ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 33,845 reads 44 comments

  14. Kris Bryant and Cubs Super Prospects Exceeding the Hype Early in Spring Training

    By all rights, the biggest star on the field during Thursday's exhibition between the Chicago Cubs and Los Angeles Angels should have been the guy who played Ron Burgundy, Ricky Bobby and Lord Business...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 28,398 reads 81 comments

  15. MLB Teams That Look Most Likely to Surprise for 2015 Playoff Spots

    In the last three years, we've seen the Baltimore Orioles and Pittsburgh Pirates snap long playoff droughts, and the Kansas City Royals come within one swing of winning the World Series...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 7,821 reads 10 comments

  16. With Derek Jeter Gone, Who Is the New King of New York Baseball?

    Can we all agree that we can stop asking who's going to replace Derek Jeter as the "Face of Baseball"? We should be able to. Depending on where you stand, that's either a question without an answer or a question with two reasonable answers...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 23,446 reads 59 comments

  17. Korean Star Jung Ho Kang May Be Much Better Than Advertised

    Be warned that we're about to drift into Spring Training Overreaction Territory. Because the spring exhibition season is hardly the most telling proving grounds, the nice things we're ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 28,226 reads 26 comments

  18. Marcus Stroman Injury Sends Blue Jays' 2015 A.L. East Hopes on Life Support

    The Toronto Blue Jays had every reason to be excited about not just what Marcus Stroman could do on the mound in 2015, but what he could do for their chances of winning their first division title since 1993...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 10,655 reads 62 comments

  19. Predictions for MLB's Top 10 Rookies in 2015

    There's nothing wrong with looking forward to watching the usual suspects in an upcoming baseball season. Indeed, why would there be anything wrong with champing at the bit for some ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 31,369 reads 55 comments

  20. 10 Breakout Stars from Spring Training's Opening Week of Games

    It's really not a good idea to get excited about the top spring training stars. It's an even worse idea to get excited about the top breakout stars, as the numbers they put up all too often lead to a whole lot of nothing...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 1 month ago 21,100 reads 19 comments

  21. Matt Harvey's Comeback Teases Return of Cy Young-Level Dominance

    It's going to be a while before we really know for sure. But for now, one thing at least appears to be true: Matt Harvey is back. The New York Mets ' fireballing right-hander didn't pitch at all in 2014, of course...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 15,347 reads 31 comments

  22. ETAs for Top Rebuilding MLB Teams to Become Playoff-Bound

    Thanks to an additional wild-card spot and the availability of lots and lots of spending money , it's really never been easier for Major League Baseball clubs to flip a switch and try to build a winner overnight...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 41,368 reads 161 comments

  23. What It Will Take for Nationals to Become True Historic 'Super Rotation'

    As soon as the world learned the Washington Nationals were adding Max Scherzer to an already awesome rotation, the word started to circulate: "Historic...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 3,601 reads 9 comments

  24. Should Matt Harvey Be Allowed to Go Full-Bore When 2015 Season Begins?

    Fellow fans of power pitching, rejoice! For Matt Harvey will be back in 2015. Sort of, anyway. Because the New York Mets don't want to push their luck in his first year back ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 3,538 reads 6 comments

  25. Alex Rodriguez's Return to Field Signals Time to Judge Ability, Not Past

    At long last, we have an excuse to stop talking about Alex Rodriguez the lightning rod and to start talking about Alex Rodriguez the baseball player. In our defense, there hasn't been much else to talk about in the last two years...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 2 months ago 7,403 reads 21 comments