1. 9 Major Early Themes of the 2016 MLB Season

    The 2016 Major League Baseball season has only been around long enough to make a first impression. It'll be a while before we really know what it's all about. But for now, some things regarding the 2016 campaign stand out...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 52,479 reads 68 comments

  2. Lance McCullers Must Create Deadly 1-2 Punch with Keuchel to Drive Astros

    The Houston Astros are missing something, but it's hard to put a finger on it... Wait, no. There it is. Clearly, what they need is a healthy Lance McCullers ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 3,945 reads 1 comments

  3. Jordan Zimmermann Proving to Be a $110 Million Godsend for Tigers Rotation

    The Detroit Tigers ' response to a last-place finish in the AL Central last year was to cast a wide net in the offseason. A few trades and $270 million in free-agent contracts later, it brought back many new toys...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 6,272 reads 18 comments

  4. Early Signs Signal Yasiel Puig Is Headed for the Year We've Been Waiting For

    Yasiel Puig ignited millions of imaginations when he first broke into the majors in 2013. With all his speed, power and energy, surely there would come a season when he would do it all...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 19,714 reads 27 comments

  5. Bryce Harper Becoming Even Better Hitter in 2016 Than Historic MVP Season

    Anyone who came into the season thinking Bryce Harper couldn't possibly improve on his superstar-making 2015 season should know this: Harper's 2016 self is making his 2015 self look like a chump...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 40,188 reads 75 comments

  6. Rangers Star Rookie Nomar Mazara Looks Ready to Live Up to All the Hype

    It's not a set-in-stone rule or anything, but it sure seems like a Major League Baseball season can't qualify as modern unless at least one top-ranked hitting prospect takes the league by storm...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 13,638 reads 17 comments

  7. How Far Can Rockies Sensation Trevor Story Take His Historic Home Run Binge?

    Since they've all been heard by now, let's skip the puns and grant that Trevor Story and his many dingers have been one of the best parts of the first couple of weeks of the 2016 season...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 12,901 reads 13 comments

  8. Adam Wainwright's Early Struggles Should Have the Cardinals on Edge

    And now for a question that's simultaneously the last thing the St. Louis Cardinals want to ask, and also the first thing they currently can't ignore: What if Adam Wainwright ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 9,594 reads 18 comments

  9. Examining the Loud Return of Robinson Cano's Big Home Run Power

    You know what they say about $240 million contracts. It's amazing how quickly they can go from looking like money well spent to money wasted and back to money well spent again...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 5,645 reads 5 comments

  10. Vince Velasquez's 16-K Shutout Has Phillies Celebrating Ken Giles Trade Steal

    Per the early results, the recent trade between the Houston Astros and Philadelphia Phillies should be referred to not as "the Ken Giles trade," but as "the Vince Velasquez trade...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 21,694 reads 28 comments

  11. Is 50-Homer Korean Slugger Byung Ho Park Cut Out for MLB Stardom?

    Byung Ho Park was basically the Bryce Harper of the Korea Baseball Organization. In his last four seasons, in particular, many baseballs were obliterated by his bat...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 35,401 reads 12 comments

  12. Carlos Rodon Flashing His Potential as Next White Sox Ace

    It's clear the Chicago White Sox mean for Carlos Rodon to be another ace left-hander alongside Chris Sale. He was their No. 3 pick in the 2014 draft, and they called him to The Show after only nine appearances in the minors...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 6,182 reads 16 comments

  13. Noah Syndergaard Is Quickly Transforming into MLB's Most Electric Ace

    Officially, Noah Syndergaard is nicknamed Thor after the comic book superhero. But right now, you'd swear the comic book hero is actually named after him...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 19,678 reads 83 comments

  14. Introducing the Next Wave of Future MLB Superstars Currently in MiLB

    Major League Baseball isn't hurting for young stars these days. It has enough. More than enough, even. But since more are on the way, you might as well get to know them ahead of time...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 34,783 reads 36 comments

  15. Daniel Murphy Showing Signs His Epic 2015 Postseason Was No Mirage

    Daniel Murphy was the most powerful hitter on the planet for a couple of weeks last October. But once he cooled down in the World Series, it sure seemed like that was that. Or maybe not, as it turns out...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 13,477 reads 46 comments

  16. How Worried Should Diamondbacks Be About $206.5 Million Man Zack Greinke?

    Somewhere in the executive offices of Chase Field, there may be a finger moving closer to the button marked "PANIC...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 54,171 reads 71 comments

  17. Winners and Losers from the First Week of the 2016 MLB Season

    After slogging through a long, cold winter and going through the motions in spring training, Major League Baseball has a full business week of 2016 regular-season action under its belt...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 66,389 reads 121 comments

  18. Kyle Schwarber's Fluke ACL Tear an Early Test for Cubs' Sky-High Expectations

    Just like that, the Chicago Cubs have gone from being the darlings of Major League Baseball back to being a team that must prove it's not eternally cursed...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 30,348 reads 94 comments

  19. Will Kershaw, Greinke or Bumgarner Be NL West's Top Ace in 2016 Division War?

    It's high noon in the NL West. Into a deserted clearing step Clayton Kershaw , Zack Greinke and Madison Bumgarner . A breeze rolls tumbleweeds across the ground...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 12,754 reads 79 comments

  20. Locked-In Starlin Castro, Healthy Yankees Lineup Teasing Explosive Potential

    It appears that all the New York Yankees offense needed to get going this season was a one-game warm-up. Also, somebody other than Dallas Keuchel on the mound for the opposition...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 32,069 reads 80 comments

  21. David Price Gives Red Sox the Ace They Have Desperately Missed

    When you spend $217 million on a pitcher you expect to be an ace, you want him to at least make a strong first impression. And Tuesday, that's exactly what David Price gave the Boston Red Sox ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 16,655 reads 48 comments

  22. Jake Arrieta's Opening Day Gem Puts Any Anxiety to Rest over 2015 CY Winner

    This is a weird thing to say about a pitcher who dominated like a fiend en route to winning the National League Cy Young in 2015, but here goes: Jake Arrieta appears to be just fine, thank you very much...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 13,041 reads 34 comments

  23. Bryce Harper's Encore and Biggest Takeaways from 2016 MLB Opening Day

    Everyone, say hello to the 2016 Major League Baseball season. Following a practice run Sunday, Opening Day arrived for real Monday...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 72,712 reads 171 comments

  24. Royals Still Have All the Ingredients of Their Championship Formula in 2016

    In winning the American League pennant in 2014 and the World Series in 2015, the Kansas City Royals had a system. And on Opening Night of the 2016 season, they showed that the system still works...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 27,205 reads 85 comments

  25. Complete Preview, Predictions for Sunday's 2016 MLB Season Openers

    Who's ready for baseball that actually counts? Yes, it's finally here. Sunday is the day the 2016 Major League Baseball season begins, and not just with one game to whet everyone's appetite for Opening Day proper...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 58,582 reads 96 comments