1. 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 3 months ago 19,386 reads 32 comments

  2. 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 3 months ago 1,956 reads 7 comments

  3. 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 3 months ago 30,514 reads 85 comments

  4. 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 3 months ago 14,556 reads 63 comments

  5. 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 3 months ago 15,273 reads 45 comments

  6. 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 3 months ago 10,406 reads 22 comments

  7. 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 3 months ago 11,814 reads 29 comments

  8. MLB Team Needs 2014: Milwaukee Brewers

    The NL Central hosted three 90-win teams in 2013. The Milwaukee Brewers weren’t one of them, so all can be forgiven for not having them on the radar heading into 2014...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 1,211 reads 1 comments

  9. MLB's Biggest Winners and Losers at the 2014 Quarter Mark

    We're at the point of the 2014 MLB season when teams have played roughly 40 games out of a possible 162. In other words, welcome to the quarter pole...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 19,109 reads 46 comments

  10. Yankees Placing Trust in Injury Risks Is Blowing Up in Their Faces

    We can either feel sorry for the New York Yankees , or we can look them in the eye and be honest with them. You should have been able to see this coming, guys. For what's happening right now in The Bronx is indeed not the least bit surprising...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 4,128 reads 13 comments

  11. Is the National League vs. American League Pitching Gap Expanding?

    The "Year of the Pitcher" in 2010 turned out to be the start of the "Age of the Pitcher." Good pitching has become easy to find in the last five seasons. And with the league's ERA starting the week at 3...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 8,856 reads 19 comments

  12. Year-Ending Surgery for Jose Fernandez Would Be Brutal Blow for Marlins, MLB

    It's already been a bad year for elbows. The Tommy John surgeries have been plentiful, and all have been painful to some degree or another. But none quite so much as the Tommy John operation that Jose Fernandez might be headed for...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 20,141 reads 37 comments

  13. 1 Lucky Break Each 2014 Playoff Contender Needs to Get to October

    October baseball is still a long way off from even being on the horizon. But with a little over a month of games in the books, we at least have some idea which teams might be in the postseason...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 21,467 reads 49 comments

  14. Yu Darvish's Near-Miss Just the Latest Tease of No-Hitter to Come

    Nobody in baseball today knows the agony of just missing a no-hitter quite like Yu Darvish. But here's something you can count on: It won't be that way forever...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 6,746 reads 20 comments

  15. Can Red-Hot Rockies Actually Steal NL West from Dodgers, Giants?

    The NL West party is being crashed before our very eyes. Only the Los Angeles Dodgers and San Francisco Giants were invited but, darn it, the Colorado Rockies have shown up...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 4,775 reads 39 comments

  16. Why the Recent Influx of Cuban Stars Is Great for Baseball

    There was a time in the 1950s and early 1960s when Major League Baseball had a good thing going with Cuban talent...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 6,372 reads 16 comments

  17. Washington D.C. Appears to Be Forgetting What It Has in Bryce Harper

    Stories, comments and whatever else meant to knock young Washington Nationals slugger Bryce Harper down a peg are nothing new. The stream of 'em has been steady ever since his grand introduction via Sports Illustrated in 2009...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 11,451 reads 71 comments

  18. Will Obsession with Preserving Pitchers Soon Lead to 6-Man MLB Rotations?

    The most sensible solution to Major League Baseball's pitcher injury problem is to just equip all hurlers with bionic elbows and shoulders. Make 'em into Termipitchers . Sadly, that's not a practical solution just yet...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 14,677 reads 50 comments

  19. Clayton Kershaw's Return Everything Dodgers Could Have Hoped For

    Allow me to tell you how Clayton Kershaw 's return to action Tuesday night went. Pretty much exactly how the Los Angeles Dodgers drew it up. There was no rusty stuff. There was no rusty command...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 6,507 reads 9 comments

  20. Remembering the Epic 1975 Red Sox vs. 'Big Red Machine' World Series

    The two-game set on tap for the Cincinnati Reds and Boston Red Sox likely won't be must-see TV, but it does have one redeeming quality: It's an excuse for us to talk about that one time the Reds and Red Sox met in the 1975 World Series...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 3,938 reads 4 comments

  21. MLB Teams That Need a Complete Rebranding

    Tradition dies hard when it comes to Major League Baseball clubs. They're not afraid to make little changes, but it's not especially often that a franchise says "Screw it!" and goes for a completely new look...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 38,905 reads 257 comments

  22. Mike Minor's Tough-Luck 2014 Debut Highlights Braves' Offensive Woes

    In his first start for the 2014 Atlanta Braves on Friday night, young lefty Mike Minor was confronted with the reality of the 2014 Atlanta Braves...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 3,352 reads 4 comments

  23. Red-Hot Yasiel Puig Looking Even Better in Sophomore Season

    For as good as Yasiel Puig was in his rookie season, his generally wild style of play made it easy to wonder how effective he might be when (or if) he fined-tuned his raw talent...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 17,884 reads 60 comments

  24. Miguel Cabrera's Bad April Finally Reopens AL MVP Door

    No, Miguel Cabrera 's poor April didn't kill his hopes of winning a third straight American League MVP. It just hurt them. Bad news for him. Good news for everyone else with eyes on winning the award...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 13,481 reads 41 comments

  25. Max Scherzer Has Finally Passed Up Justin Verlander as True Tigers Ace

    It was easy to argue the point in 2013, and you can't deny it in 2014. That point: Max Scherzer, not that Justin Verlander guy, is the Detroit Tigers ' true ace...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 13,922 reads 23 comments