1. Why MLB Should Embrace Trout-Cabrera as Next Sosa-McGwire Opportunity

    Whether it's over who's more valuable or who's baseball's best player, we sure do argue about Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera an awful lot...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 20,350 reads 105 comments

  2. Can Ike Davis Resurrect His Career in Time to Give the Pirates a Push in 2014?

    It wasn't really a matter of if the New York Mets were going to trade Ike Davis. It was really more a matter of when, and of which team would be willing to make an upside play on the lefty-swinging first baseman...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 6,161 reads 18 comments

  3. The Designated Hitter's Role in Creating Albatross MLB Contracts

    To create an albatross MLB contract, you'll need a team willing to live dangerously, a player with an amazing track record and around 30 years of age on him, and—of course—a huge bundle of cash...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 11,903 reads 10 comments

  4. Jon Lester Is Showing Red Sox Everything They Stand to Lose If He Leaves

    There's nothing like a good contract narrative, and here's a toast to how Jon Lester 's is suddenly a heck of a lot more interesting now than it was before. There just wasn't that much drama there for a while...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 3,276 reads 2 comments

  5. What's at the Core of Tigers' Miguel Cabrera's Slow Start?

    This sentence is not the official kickoff of the 2014 Miguel Cabrera Doom Watch. Nor this one. Or this one. Or thi ...all right, look. It's not happening right now...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 8,445 reads 22 comments

  6. How Epstein's Cubs Have Built a Brighter Future Than Cashman's Yankees

    Nobody will be surprised if the New York Yankees sweep their next two games against the Chicago Cubs. They're the better team right now, a fact so obviously true that no elaboration is needed...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 16,733 reads 232 comments

  7. Should Reds Be Feeling Buyer's Remorse on Homer Bailey's Mega-Extension?

    When the Cincinnati Reds signed Homer Bailey to a six-year, $106 million extension , they might as well have gotten him a T-shirt that said what they really thought of him: "One of the Best Pitchers in Baseball...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 7,344 reads 22 comments

  8. How Matt Moore's Season-Ending Injury Shakes Up the Tight AL East Race

    Compared to most clubs, the Tampa Bay Rays entered 2014 with a solid track record in regards to pitching injuries. So yeah, it's only natural that Rays pitchers are suddenly dropping like flies...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 14,271 reads 36 comments

  9. MLB Team Needs 2014: Chicago White Sox

    The Chicago White Sox could do little right in 2013, riding a roster that was short on high-upside talent to a 63-99 record and a last-place finish in the AL Central...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 1,537 reads 2 comments

  10. It's Not Too Early to View Streaking Brewers as NL Central Contenders

    We're still in the portion of the season when you have to be careful about taking anything at face value—especially with performances that seem out of character...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 7,918 reads 72 comments

  11. Why Bryce Harper's Season-Opening Slump Could Finally Be Behind Him

    It was rough for a while there, but it looks like our long Nationals nightmare may finally be over. Yes, Bryce Harper looks like he's back...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 7,064 reads 8 comments

  12. How Much Has Foreign Substance Helped Michael Pineda's Electric 2014 Start?

    On Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, the 2014 comeback story of New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda got a little dirty. Literally...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 16,243 reads 82 comments

  13. Breaking Down Paul Goldschmidt's Domination of Tim Lincecum

    As they, in all their they-fully wisdom, have been known to say: You win some and you lose some. Unless you're Tim Lincecum , and Paul Goldschmidt is at the plate...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 4,763 reads 5 comments

  14. New-Age MLB Athlete Is Shifting What Drives Star Power in Baseball

    It's said that one of the great things about baseball is that you don't need to be a physical specimen to excel at it. Jose Altuve's very existence sort of proves the point...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 53,733 reads 53 comments

  15. Prince Fielder's Early Struggles May Be a Sign of Things to Come for Rangers

    It's not often that you get a guy who's a massive free-agent bust and a massive trade bust. Guys tend to belong to one club or the other, not both. Which brings us to Prince Fielder ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 22,124 reads 61 comments

  16. Remembering the Day Hank Aaron Broke Babe Ruth's Home Run Record

    On April 8, 1974, more than 50,000 fans descended on Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Atlanta Braves. That's what the box score will tell you, anyway...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 10,842 reads 15 comments

  17. MLB Team Needs 2014: Miami Marlins

    Following a winter that saw them jettison a whole bunch of talent, the Miami Marlins lost 100 games in 2013. So far in 2014, however, things are a lot better. The Marlins are 5-2 out of the gate and have indeed looked the part of a quality ballclub..

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 870 reads 1 comments

  18. Grading Big-Money MLB Free Agents' 1st Impressions on Their New Teams

    We're still in the "WARNING: SMALL SAMPLE SIZES" portion of the MLB season. But after a full (business) week's worth of action, we can at least round up our first impressions...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 23,454 reads 17 comments

  19. Mike Trout, Josh Hamilton Help the Real Angels Offense Show Up in Blowout

    Sometimes, when you just can't buy any hits and you really feel the need to find yourself , the best thing to do is pay a visit to the Houston Astros . It worked for the Los Angeles Angels , anyway...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 2,825 reads 2 comments

  20. What We Learned from Tim Lincecum's 2014 Giants Debut

    It's time for everyone's favorite game show: Is Tim Lincecum His Old Self Yet Or, At Least, Something Reasonably Close to His Old Self? One start into the San Francisco Giants ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 13,520 reads 14 comments

  21. New York Yankees' Big Flaws Loom Large in Lifeless Start to 2014

    Maybe the New York Yankees are just trying to get all of the bad baseball out of their system now so they don't have to worry about it later...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 14,761 reads 56 comments

  22. Why to Believe in Early Power from Brandon Belt and Freddie Freeman

    What we're going to do right now is consider the possibility of Brandon Belt and Freddie Freeman following in Chris Davis' footsteps. There, that ought to get your attention...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 22,689 reads 66 comments

  23. Clayton Kershaw's Injury Gives NL West Teams Opening They Desperately Needed

    That creaking sound you hear coming from the general direction of the NL West is that of a door of opportunity opening up, and it has everything to do with an injured $215 million pitcher...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 7,266 reads 15 comments

  24. Felix Hernandez, Mariners Offense Tease Breakthrough 2014 Season in Opener

    New Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon might have had the following game plan in mind for his club's opener against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. A dominant performance by Felix Hernandez...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 8,038 reads 19 comments

  25. Liriano Dominance, Opening Day Walk-Off Hint Pirates' 2013 Season Was No Fluke

    The Pittsburgh Pirates are a fine example of how what happens on Opening Day isn't always indicative of what's going to happen in the 161 games to come...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 3 months ago 4,790 reads 4 comments