1. 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 2 months ago 29,845 reads 62 comments

  2. 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 2 months ago 24,995 reads 67 comments

  3. 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 2 months ago 15,717 reads 69 comments

  4. 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 2 months ago 42,920 reads 130 comments

  5. 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 2 months ago 13,909 reads 56 comments

  6. 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 2 months ago 34,736 reads 142 comments

  7. 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 2 months ago 9,805 reads 6 comments

  8. 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 2 months ago 15,333 reads 34 comments

  9. 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 2 months ago 37,244 reads 79 comments

  10. 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 2 months ago 17,750 reads 75 comments

  11. 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 2 months ago 22,232 reads 43 comments

  12. 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 2 months ago 69,400 reads 145 comments

  13. 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 2 months ago 49,911 reads 87 comments

  14. 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 2 months ago 14,089 reads 23 comments

  15. 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 2 months ago 109,633 reads 148 comments

  16. 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 2 months ago 58,497 reads 89 comments

  17. 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 2 months ago 19,727 reads 84 comments

  18. 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 2 months ago 11,946 reads 10 comments

  19. 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 3 months ago 15,200 reads 52 comments

  20. 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 3 months ago 23,991 reads 155 comments

  21. 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 3 months ago 4,985 reads 17 comments

  22. 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 3 months ago 7,042 reads 13 comments

  23. Healthy Miguel Cabrera Looking Like His Old Dominant Self Again

    Not too long ago, it wasn't beyond reason to think 2015 would be the year Miguel Cabrera finally slipped from the ranks of Major League Baseball's elite hitters. But now ? Yeah, now that notion comes off as crazy talk...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 16,053 reads 34 comments

  24. Padres' New Star-Studded Lineup Is Living Up to the Hype Early

    This past offseason saw the San Diego Padres take all their chips and put them on offense. That's where they rolled the dice for 2015, and certainly where they needed to be better than they were in 2014...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 23,278 reads 69 comments

  25. Biggest Takeaways from the First 2 Weeks of the MLB Season

    My, how quickly the 2015 Major League Baseball season is growing up. It's already two weeks old! However, we can't just stand idly by and watch the season mature. We need to study it and discuss what we've learned...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 38,138 reads 62 comments