1. 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 4 months ago 23,466 reads 17 comments

  2. 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 4 months ago 2,853 reads 2 comments

  3. 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 4 months ago 13,574 reads 14 comments

  4. 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 4 months ago 14,782 reads 56 comments

  5. 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 4 months ago 22,707 reads 66 comments

  6. 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 4 months ago 7,302 reads 15 comments

  7. 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 4 months ago 8,080 reads 19 comments

  8. 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 4 months ago 4,808 reads 4 comments

  9. MLB Team Needs 2014: Chicago Cubs

    Whenever a new baseball season arrives, there are only a couple teams you can look at and say, “Yeah, that’s not happening.” The Chicago Cubs are one of these teams heading into 2014...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 2,112 reads 4 comments

  10. What Makes an Opening Day Ace in Major League Baseball?

    Opening Day is exciting mainly because it's the return of baseball. And baseball, as we all know, is good. But here's another one for the pro-Opening Day pile: all those Opening Day aces...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 7,804 reads 5 comments

  11. Brian Wilson's Opening-Night Implosion Gives Dodgers Cause for Concern

    The Los Angeles Dodgers ' second game of 2014 season was marred by a late bullpen implosion. So was their third game of the season on Sunday night...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 13,187 reads 22 comments

  12. How MLB's Presidential First-Pitch Tradition Got Started and Evolved to Today

    If you ever need to convince a friend that baseball really is the national pastime among America's favorite sports, just ask how many times the President of the United States has ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 72,341 reads 96 comments

  13. Bleacher Report's Full 2014 MLB Season Preview and Predictions

    You can't predict baseball. You just can't, man. And yet we try. Especially this time of year. As you're all surely aware, the first non-Australian regular-season MLB game will be played Sunday evening...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 101,653 reads 461 comments

  14. Miguel Cabrera Is Doomed to Be the Next Alex Rodriguez or Albert Pujols

    When Miguel Cabrera signs on the dotted line of his new extension, he might as well sign " Alex Rodriguez " or "Albert Pujols." That's basically what the Detroit Tigers are signing up for, after all...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 56,352 reads 346 comments

  15. Complete Boston Red Sox 2014 Season Preview

    It feels like a lifetime ago when one of the big question marks of spring training was whether the Boston Red Sox had the goods to bounce back from a 93-loss campaign in 2012...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 6,464 reads 12 comments

  16. Spring Training Has Erased All Fears About Miguel Cabrera, Justin Verlander

    There were going to be ominous vibes hanging over the Detroit Tigers if they had to open 2014 without the same-old, same-old versions of Miguel Cabrera and Justin Verlander ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 4,508 reads 3 comments

  17. Is Top Pitching Prospect Archie Bradley Ready to Shoulder Patrick Corbin's Load?

    It was revealed last weekend that the Arizona Diamondbacks could soon be facing a worst-nightmare scenario. Now it's official: They are facing a worst-nightmare scenario...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 10,142 reads 8 comments

  18. MLB's Next Commissioner Must Consider Shortening Spring Training

    We don't know who'll be MLB 's next commissioner after Bud Selig just yet. We just know said commissioner will take office in January 2015, and that he or she will have a laundry list of priorities for action or consideration...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 16,867 reads 43 comments

  19. MLB Team Needs 2014: Baltimore Orioles

    Though it was fun to behold, the Baltimore Orioles ’ return to the postseason in 2012 had the look and feel of a season that was going to be awfully hard to repeat. And it was...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 1,150 reads 2 comments

  20. Does Kansas City Royals' Promising Spring Hint at Breakout Season in 2014?

    Take a look at their 11-13 record in spring training, and you might be convinced that the Kansas City Royals are due to disappoint in 2014 after a momentum-building 86-win campaign in 2013...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 28,382 reads 19 comments

  21. How Good Can Dodgers' Starting Pitching Be After Shutdown Australia Series?

    There are small sample sizes, and then there are two-game sample sizes. You can't prove anything in a two-game sample size. All you can do in a sample size like that is tease something...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 14,463 reads 63 comments

  22. Mark Trumbo's Role in Aiding Paul Goldschmidt's 2014 NL MVP Chase

    Whereas the 2014 American League MVP race will likely be between Mike Trout and Miguel Cabrera again, the NL MVP race should be more wide open again...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 3,752 reads 6 comments

  23. Are Opening MLB Series Abroad a Good Thing for Teams, Baseball?

    The Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks are kicking off the 2014 MLB season this weekend in Sydney, Australia...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 8,655 reads 40 comments

  24. Introducing MLB Fans to Yordano Ventura, Baseball's Next Pitching Phenom

    It's not a question of if there's going to be a young pitching phenom in 2014. After watching guys like Stephen Strasburg, Chris Sale, Yu Darvish, Shelby Miller, Matt Harvey and ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 48,749 reads 36 comments

  25. Michael Pineda's Dominant Spring Cements Key Role in Yankees 2014 Rotation

    Hey, remember when we were treating the idea of Michael Pineda recovering to become a key member of the New York Yankees rotation as some sort of crazypants fantasy? Well, suddenly it's not so crazy...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 4 months ago 13,569 reads 20 comments