1. 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 4 months ago 13,935 reads 56 comments

  2. 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 4 months ago 34,748 reads 142 comments

  3. 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 4 months ago 10,018 reads 6 comments

  4. 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 4 months ago 15,358 reads 34 comments

  5. 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 4 months ago 37,278 reads 79 comments

  6. 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 4 months ago 17,758 reads 75 comments

  7. 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 4 months ago 22,237 reads 43 comments

  8. 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 4 months ago 69,423 reads 145 comments

  9. 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 4 months ago 50,014 reads 87 comments

  10. 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 4 months ago 14,101 reads 23 comments

  11. 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 4 months ago 109,831 reads 148 comments

  12. 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 4 months ago 58,546 reads 89 comments

  13. 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 4 months ago 19,759 reads 84 comments

  14. 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 4 months ago 11,954 reads 10 comments

  15. 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 4 months ago 15,215 reads 52 comments

  16. 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 4 months ago 24,010 reads 155 comments

  17. 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 4 months ago 5,003 reads 17 comments

  18. 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 4 months ago 7,043 reads 13 comments

  19. 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 5 months ago 16,064 reads 34 comments

  20. 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 5 months ago 23,293 reads 69 comments

  21. 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 5 months ago 38,145 reads 62 comments

  22. Alex Rodriguez Proving to Be No Easy out as He Carries Yankees Early

    We all knew the script. In his return from a season-long suspension, Alex Rodriguez was supposed to be over-the-hill dead weight in the middle of the New York Yankees ' lineup in 2015...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 32,962 reads 86 comments

  23. Mid-April Report Card Grades for All 30 MLB Teams

    The 2015 Major League Baseball season has reached the midpoint of its first month and, with it, the deadline for all 30 teams to hand in their first tests. Time to see how they did...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 114,450 reads 191 comments

  24. Red Sox's Rotation Belongs on Short Leash After Recent Struggles

    Let's face it: There always was going to be a point in the 2015 season when we gathered to freak out about the Boston Red Sox 's starting rotation. Well, get your freak-out hats on...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 13,515 reads 24 comments

  25. Could the Dodgers' Much-Maligned Bullpen Be Better Than Advertised in 2015?

    Let's acknowledge two things that are undeniably true about the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen. One is that it was the club's Achilles' heel in 2014, as it posted a pedestrian 3...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 13,876 reads 10 comments