1. Predicting Over/Under with Each 2016 MLB Contender's Win Total

    With spring training ramping up, teams across Major League Baseball are just about ready to start playing fake games. For the contenders, the idea will be to prepare to win as many real games as they can...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 58,192 reads 269 comments

  2. Cubs' Former Top Prospect Javier Baez Is One of MLB's Biggest Wild Cards of 2016

    Once an elite prospect destined to help the Chicago Cubs become relevant again, Javier Baez is now a former prospect hoping to latch onto a Cubs team that became relevant without him...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 31,099 reads 73 comments

  3. MLB Rookies Under the Most Pressure to Star in 2016 Spring Training

    The 2015 Major League Baseball rookie class was one of the best in recent memory. Good for them, but tough luck for the 2016 rookie class. Not an easy act to follow that...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 14,517 reads 21 comments

  4. Is Steven Matz Ready to Assert Himself as Yet Another Ace-Level Mets Arm?

    There's no doubting the top of the New York Mets ' starting rotation. Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey and Noah Syndergaard pack enough firepower to flash "No mas" on a radar gun, and some pretty good numbers, too...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 11,591 reads 45 comments

  5. What Hanley Ramirez, Pablo Sandoval Must Do to Erase 2015 Red Sox Nightmares

    Nobody can say the Boston Red Sox are lacking in stars heading into 2016. To rise from the depths of the AL East, all they need is for their stars to live up to their track records...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 7,499 reads 20 comments

  6. SF Giants Are Ready for More Even-Year Magic in 2016

    The look on Bruce Bochy 's face made it clear this wasn't the first time he was hearing the phrase "even-year magic...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 16,263 reads 104 comments

  7. Can Giants Breakout Star Matt Duffy Avoid the Dreaded Sophomore Slump?

    In real life, Matt Duffy came out of Long Beach, California. But in 2015, he might as well have come out of Nowhere, USA...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 6 months ago 10,280 reads 32 comments

  8. Bleacher Report's 2016 Spring Training Preview for Dummies

    So long, Super Bowl. Hello, spring training and the dawn of a new Major League Baseball season. Are you ready? No, you say? Oh. Well, then. We'd better get you up to speed. Don't worry...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 35,845 reads 48 comments

  9. Breaking Down MLB's Next Golden Era of Pitching Prospects

    Oh, to be young again. And, preferably, with an arm fit for the major leagues. This is a golden age for young pitchers, folks...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 32,012 reads 46 comments

  10. Rusney Castillo Has His Best Chance to Blossom into Red Sox Star in 2016

    About a year-and-a-half has passed since the Boston Red Sox gave Rusney Castillo a seven-year, $72.5 million contract, and he's still a riddle with mystery and enigma coverings...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 14,207 reads 20 comments

  11. Predicting Impact MLB Deals That Will Go Down During 2016 Spring Training

    With spring training drawing near, we're all mainly excited for the baseball. It's our dear friend, and it's been too long since we last hung out. But don't forget about the business, folks...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 43,485 reads 74 comments

  12. Predicting MLB Offseason's All-Bust Team for 2016

    This offseason, Major League Baseball clubs have spent roughly $2.5 billion on free agents and pulled off a handful of big-ticket trades on the side...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 87,666 reads 162 comments

  13. MLB Franchises on the Verge of Becoming Perennial Playoff Contenders

    There's no mistaking the powers that be in Major League Baseball. The Kansas City Royals, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and St...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 31,440 reads 91 comments

  14. The Alabama of College Baseball: How Vanderbilt Built an MLB Talent Factory

    On a sunny Monday afternoon in Champaign , Illinois, last June, the Vanderbilt Commodores collapsed into a dogpile after beating the Illinois Fighting Illini to punch their return ticket to the College World Series...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 32,494 reads 20 comments

  15. Who Would Have Early Edge in Potential Dream Cubs-Mets 2016 NLCS Rematch?

    It's only the second day of February, but we still feel compelled to ask: Are you ready for a rematch between the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets in the 2016 National League Championship Series? A bit soon? Obviously...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 21,306 reads 304 comments

  16. Greg Bird Loss Puts Huge Pressure on Aging Yankees to Stay Healthy

    The 2016 season hasn't even started yet, and the injury bug has already taken a bite out of the New York Yankees . And now, they really have to hope it doesn't come back for them again...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 10,575 reads 33 comments

  17. Dodgers Tighten Grip on NL West with Howie Kendrick Signing

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have won three straight National League West titles, and they really didn't need to do anything else this winter to have a good shot at making it four in a row in 2016...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 17,108 reads 100 comments

  18. 5 Key Moves MLB Teams Should Still Make Before Spring Training Begins

    Spring is approaching, people. We know this because with pitchers and catchers due to start reporting on February 18, spring training is now just a couple weeks away...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 27,175 reads 33 comments

  19. Paul Goldschmidt-A.J. Pollock Are MLB's Most Underrated Star Duo

    There's a new star duo in town in Arizona. Determined to upgrade their starting pitching, the Diamondbacks aggressively added ace right-handers Zack Greinke and Shelby Miller to their rotation earlier this winter...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 4,166 reads 16 comments

  20. Ranking MLB's Top 2016 World Series Contenders Heading into February

    Though the Major League Baseball offseason is nearing its end, it's only been three months since the completion of the 2015 World Series. There's a long way to go until the next one...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 70,694 reads 395 comments

  21. How NL Adding the DH Would Permanently Change Free Agency, Trades

    If the designated hitter comes to the National League, baseball and life as we know it will change forever. And not just on the field, either. First, let's catch up on why we're even having this discussion...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 78,426 reads 62 comments

  22. Jonathan Lucroy Could Provide Big Trade Impact as All-Star-Level Catcher

    Word is Jonathan Lucroy would welcome a trade to a team that has eyes on winning. All he needs now is a team that's willing to bet he can be a star catcher again, which is hardly the craziest notion...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 9,495 reads 27 comments

  23. 7 Key Takeaways from the Peak Months of MLB's 2015-16 Offseason Frenzy

    The 2015-2016 Major League Baseball offseason has kicked up quite a storm, but it's just about settled. With spring training on the horizon, the peak months of the Hot Stove season are nearly over...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 34,647 reads 60 comments

  24. Top Backup Plans for Each 2015-16 MLB Offseason Loser

    With the 2016 Major League Baseball season getting closer every day, it's a good time to talk about some offseason losers. Fortunately, not that many teams across the MLB landscape fit this particular bill...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 23,263 reads 69 comments

  25. The Road to MLB: Hard and Long for Players, Harder and Longer for Broadcasters

    For a week, play-by-play broadcaster Josh Maurer struggled to control his nerves. He hardly ate or slept...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 37,088 reads 26 comments