1. What's at the Core of Tigers' Miguel Cabrera's Slow Start?

    This sentence is not the official kickoff of the 2014 Miguel Cabrera Doom Watch. Nor this one. Or this one. Or thi ...all right, look. It's not happening right now...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 8,619 reads 22 comments

  2. How Epstein's Cubs Have Built a Brighter Future Than Cashman's Yankees

    Nobody will be surprised if the New York Yankees sweep their next two games against the Chicago Cubs. They're the better team right now, a fact so obviously true that no elaboration is needed...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 16,995 reads 159 comments

  3. Should Reds Be Feeling Buyer's Remorse on Homer Bailey's Mega-Extension?

    When the Cincinnati Reds signed Homer Bailey to a six-year, $106 million extension , they might as well have gotten him a T-shirt that said what they really thought of him: "One of the Best Pitchers in Baseball...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 7,511 reads 22 comments

  4. How Matt Moore's Season-Ending Injury Shakes Up the Tight AL East Race

    Compared to most clubs, the Tampa Bay Rays entered 2014 with a solid track record in regards to pitching injuries. So yeah, it's only natural that Rays pitchers are suddenly dropping like flies...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 7 months ago 14,385 reads 35 comments

  5. MLB Team Needs 2014: Chicago White Sox

    The Chicago White Sox could do little right in 2013, riding a roster that was short on high-upside talent to a 63-99 record and a last-place finish in the AL Central...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 1,711 reads 2 comments

  6. It's Not Too Early to View Streaking Brewers as NL Central Contenders

    We're still in the portion of the season when you have to be careful about taking anything at face value—especially with performances that seem out of character...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 8,061 reads 72 comments

  7. Why Bryce Harper's Season-Opening Slump Could Finally Be Behind Him

    It was rough for a while there, but it looks like our long Nationals nightmare may finally be over. Yes, Bryce Harper looks like he's back...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 7,208 reads 8 comments

  8. How Much Has Foreign Substance Helped Michael Pineda's Electric 2014 Start?

    On Thursday night at Yankee Stadium, the 2014 comeback story of New York Yankees right-hander Michael Pineda got a little dirty. Literally...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 16,453 reads 79 comments

  9. Breaking Down Paul Goldschmidt's Domination of Tim Lincecum

    As they, in all their they-fully wisdom, have been known to say: You win some and you lose some. Unless you're Tim Lincecum , and Paul Goldschmidt is at the plate...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 5,025 reads 5 comments

  10. New-Age MLB Athlete Is Shifting What Drives Star Power in Baseball

    It's said that one of the great things about baseball is that you don't need to be a physical specimen to excel at it. Jose Altuve's very existence sort of proves the point...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 53,850 reads 53 comments

  11. Prince Fielder's Early Struggles May Be a Sign of Things to Come for Rangers

    It's not often that you get a guy who's a massive free-agent bust and a massive trade bust. Guys tend to belong to one club or the other, not both. Which brings us to Prince Fielder ...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 22,353 reads 61 comments

  12. Remembering the Day Hank Aaron Broke Babe Ruth's Home Run Record

    On April 8, 1974, more than 50,000 fans descended on Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium to watch the Los Angeles Dodgers take on the Atlanta Braves. That's what the box score will tell you, anyway...

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 12,398 reads 14 comments

  13. MLB Team Needs 2014: Miami Marlins

    Following a winter that saw them jettison a whole bunch of talent, the Miami Marlins lost 100 games in 2013. So far in 2014, however, things are a lot better. The Marlins are 5-2 out of the gate and have indeed looked the part of a quality ballclub..

    Zachary D. Rymer Written by Zachary D. Rymer about 8 months ago 981 reads 1 comments

  14. 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 8 months ago 23,533 reads 16 comments

  15. 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 8 months ago 2,947 reads 2 comments

  16. 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 8 months ago 14,077 reads 14 comments

  17. 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 8 months ago 14,870 reads 55 comments

  18. 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 8 months ago 22,799 reads 66 comments

  19. 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 8 months ago 7,427 reads 15 comments

  20. 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 8 months ago 8,325 reads 19 comments

  21. 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 8 months ago 4,930 reads 4 comments

  22. 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 8 months ago 2,272 reads 3 comments

  23. 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 8 months ago 7,870 reads 5 comments

  24. 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 8 months ago 13,414 reads 22 comments

  25. 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 8 months ago 73,005 reads 95 comments