1. 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 5 months ago 14,486 reads 63 comments

  2. 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 5 months ago 3,796 reads 6 comments

  3. 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 5 months ago 8,722 reads 40 comments

  4. 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 5 months ago 48,902 reads 36 comments

  5. 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 5 months ago 13,610 reads 19 comments

  6. MLB Team Needs 2014: Pittsburgh Pirates

    Between 1992 and 2012, the Pittsburgh Pirates didn't make the postseason once and racked up something like 10,000 losses — or so it seemed. Last year was different...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 1,855 reads 4 comments

  7. Selecting a March Madness Bracket of MLB's 64 Best Players

    Selection Sunday was this weekend, and it had absolutely nothing to do with Major League Baseball. It's really more of a college basketball thing...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 36,736 reads 147 comments

  8. Updated Masahiro Tanaka Scouting Report After Latest Spring Outing

    Make that three spring appearances for Masahiro Tanaka , as well as some more material for the scouting notebook...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 5 months ago 19,707 reads 26 comments

  9. Updating Who Leads Each of MLB's Most Important Spring Position Battles

    Spring training is now closer to its end than to its beginning, and that means two things. One: Opening Day will be here soon. Huzzah...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 10,889 reads 9 comments

  10. Boston Red Sox's Quiet Spring Training a Reason for Optimism Heading into 2014

    We're used to the Boston Red Sox being noisy. Shoot, between their collapse at the end of 2011, the Bobby Valentine Experience, their roster overhaul and their redemptive World ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 4,649 reads 7 comments

  11. Will Mike Trout Ride White-Hot Spring to MLB's Fifth-Ever 40-40 Season in 2014?

    When Mike Trout exploded onto the scene with 30 homers and 49 stolen bases in only 139 games in 2012, him joining the 40-40 Club in 2013 looked like a likelihood. Maybe even a foregone conclusion...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 10,432 reads 53 comments

  12. Is Red-Hot Speedster Billy Hamilton Primed to Become 2014 Game-Changer?

    The worst part about spring training stats is that we all know they mean bupkis . Always have. Likely always will. Darn...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 6,359 reads 7 comments

  13. Can Bryce Harper Put Up Elite Power Numbers Without Piling Up Strikeouts?

    When Bryce Harper was a prospect, we heard all about how he might one day blossom into one of the elite power hitters in baseball, if not the elite power hitter in baseball. That hasn't happened yet...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 4,331 reads 6 comments

  14. Should the Yankees Start Panicking About C.C. Sabathia's High-80s Fastball?

    Here's guessing that the New York Yankees were hoping CC Sabathia would flash better velocity in his second spring start than he did in his first spring start. He didn't. And that's bad...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 26,308 reads 56 comments

  15. Spring Tests Proving Expanded Replay Won't Doom MLB to Even Slower Play

    So, one week into MLB 's trial run with expanded replay in spring training, there's good news and bad news. Bad news first: As noted by Anthony Rieber of Newsday , there have been some complications...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 3,930 reads 5 comments

  16. MLB Team Needs 2014: Los Angeles Angels

    Because the Los Angeles Angels have baseball’s best player in Mike Trout and one of the largest payrolls in the league, you’d think they’d be a powerhouse. But they’re not...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 837 reads 0 comments

  17. What We Learned from Michael Pineda's Long-Anticipated Yankees Return

    There was no television or radio coverage, but we know for certain that New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda made his 2014 debut on Friday night against the Detroit Tigers ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 26,757 reads 49 comments

  18. Albert Pujols Is Wrong to View Mike Trout Comparison as an Insult

    Somebody recently asked Albert Pujols if he was motivated to put up numbers like those of fellow Los Angeles Angels superstar Mike Trout. Pujols didn't take kindly to that and was still stewing about it in a more recent interview this week...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 12,772 reads 34 comments

  19. In Search of the Hardest Thing to Do in Baseball

    Allow me to open with a moderately amusing anecdote. Last month, I was sitting in a room with Oakland A's pitchers Jim Johnson and Sonny Gray and maybe a dozen baseball bloggers ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 25,024 reads 21 comments

  20. Breaking Down San Francisco Giants' Key Position Battles

    Some managers will have to make some really tough decisions with really important roster spots this spring. 'Tis a beast, and this is its nature. San Francisco Giants skipper Bruce Bochy , however, shouldn't be one of them...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 4,309 reads 3 comments

  21. Indians Would Be Foolish to Spurn Justin Masterson's Modest Contract Proposal

    Judging from the latest reports, Justin Masterson either has no idea what he's worth or is really intent on doing the Cleveland Indians a kindness. Either way, indications are that the Indians are in a classic Godfather situation right now...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 4,498 reads 12 comments

  22. Why Are MLB Teams so Wary of Top Free-Agent Pitcher Ervin Santana?

    Ervin Santana 's situation isn't unique. He's a big-name free agent who's still looking for work, but he's not the only one. Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales are in the same boat...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 8,222 reads 16 comments

  23. Will Ian Kinsler's Anger over Rangers Trade Fuel Him into Big 2014 with Tigers?

    I've been referring to the blockbuster that the Detroit Tigers and Texas Rangers pulled off in November as "the Prince Fielder trade." Beyond having a nice ring to it, it's struck me as appropriate to name the deal after its principal component...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 4,895 reads 10 comments

  24. Top Moments, What We Learned in Expanded MLB Replay's Spring Training Debut

    If you missed it, Major League Baseball took its first step into a brave new world on Monday. Nearly two months after the league announced that expanded replay would be implemented ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 13,371 reads 5 comments

  25. MLB Team Needs 2014: Philadelphia Phillies

    You can take a look at every team in Major League Baseball right now and say, “Well, if A, B and C go right, they’re going to have a shot...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 2,590 reads 4 comments