CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 26: Travis Shaw #47 of the Boston Red Sox (R) celebrates with Xander Bogaerts #2 (L) after hitting a two-run home run against the Chicago White Sox during the eighth inning at U.S. Cellular Field on August 26, 2015 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Finding signs of life for the Boston Red Sox

Are the Boston Red Sox contenders this year? (waiting for you to stop laughing) Okay, now that you’ve gotten that out of your system: have you noticed that the Red Sox haven’t been terrible lately? And that as things stand currently, they’re only 7.5 games out of a Wild Card spot? Could they actually make […]

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 24:  Paul Goldschmidt #44 of the Arizona Diamondbacks follows through on a swing during the fifth inning against the St Louis Cardinals at Chase Field on August 24, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The longest home runs for the week ending August 27th

For the first time since June, we have a change in the list of the longest homers of the year. Yes, even though Giancarlo still isn’t back, he’s been bumped from one of his spots on the list…thanks to Paul Goldschmidt. 1. Paul Goldschmidt vs John Lackey, 482 feet (August 26th) Insane Chase Field homers […]

PHOENIX, AZ - AUGUST 12:  Ryan Howard #6 of the Philadelphia Phillies in the dugout during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on August 12, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Phillies defeated the Diamondbacks 7-6.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Phillies have finally escaped from payroll hell

By the time the 2015 season has concluded, the Philadelphia Phillies will have spent over $1.1 billion on their payroll from 2009 (the year after their 2008 World Championship) through 2015. The only teams to spend more over the same time period are the Yankees, Red Sox, and thanks to a surge over the last three […]

NL East doormat Miami Marlins

Exactly how bad is the NL East?

As of this writing, the Mets have a 6.5 game lead over the Nationals in the National League East. There is nothing noteworthy about that fact, aside from the Nationals continuing to struggle. However, as you move down the standings within the division, that’s when eyebrows will be raised. The third place Atlanta Braves sit at […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - MAY 08:  Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates slides in safe against Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals on a force out at second in the sixth inning during the game at PNC Park on May 8, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)

Cardinals remain division favorites, but Pirates aren’t far behind

The Cardinals have long been the favorites to win the NL Central. They entered the season as the presumed favorites and certainly haven’t disappointed. Even now, they possess a healthy 4.5 game lead on the second place Pirates. But healthy isn’t the same as insurmountable, and if any team has a chance of knocking down […]

CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 25:  Jay Bruce #32 of the Cincinnati Reds flips his bat in the air after striking out with bases loaded to end the eighth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Great American Ball Park on August 25, 2015 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Los Angeles defeated Cincinnati 5-1.  (Photo by Jamie Sabau/Getty Images)

The Cincinnati youth movement that isn’t happening

The Cincinnati Reds are a mess. The sit 27.5 games back in the NL Central, 21 back in the Wild Card race, and are further hampered by the fact that the three best teams in the National League currently reside within their division. While they had initially expected to compete for the division this year, […]

OAKLAND, CA - AUGUST 18:  Clayton Kershaw #22 of the Los Angeles Dodgers reacts after the Dodgers got the last out of the seventh inning of their game against the Oakland Athletics at Coliseum on August 18, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Does anyone want to win the NL West?

The National League West had a legitmate claim to the toughest division in baseball when the season began. You had the defending world champion Giants and the defending division champion Dodgers, both reloaded and looking like contenders. The Padres had made a ton of moves over the winter and boasted a dangerous lineup on paper. […]

Freddie Freeman of the Braves offense

The Braves offense is still bad – but in a different way

In 2014, the Atlanta Braves offense was a horror show. For the year, they hit just .241/.305/.360. The club’s .296 wOBA was fourth-worst in baseball (ahead of just the Phillies, Reds, and Padres), and their 87 wRC+ was fifth-worst (ahead of those three aforementioned teams and the Arizona Diamondbacks). They scored just 573 runs, the […]

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 8: Josh Donaldson #20 of the Toronto Blue Jays hits a solo home run in the first inning during MLB game action against the Boston Red Sox on May 8, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Josh Donaldson

Best hitters and pitchers: Week 19

Welcome to Week 19 in our ongoing series highlighting the best hitters and pitchers from the previous week. This week an MVP candidate helps propel his team into first place. A bench player gets more playing time and almost wins the top offensive slot. We also dissect a pair to fantastic pitching performances and ask […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - JULY 28: Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers sticks out his tongue as he reacts to fouling a ball off his foot in the fourth inning against the Oakland Athletics at Dodger Stadium on July 28, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Joc Pederson has lost his starting job with the Los Angeles Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers have struggled in the second half this season, scuffling their way to a 16-17 record after the All-Star Break. Rookie center fielder Joc Pederson has also struggled since a breath-taking performance in the Home Run Derby, hitting just .163/.333/.293 with only three homers in 30 second-half games. Manager Don Mattingly isn’t exactly […]

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 22: Fernando Rodney #56 of the Seattle Mariners celebrates his save after getting the final out of the ninth inning during MLB game action against the Toronto Blue Jays on May 22, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

The Mariners have finally ended the Fernando Rodney era

The Seattle Mariners finally put their foot down and said “enough”. After Saturday’s ten inning loss to the Chicago White Sox, Seattle DFAed closer Fernando Rodney six weeks before the end of his two-year, $14 million deal signed prior to the 2014 season. Rodney was great last year for the Mariners, striking out 76 and […]

HOUSTON, TX - AUGUST 21:  Mike Fiers #54 of the Houston Astros throws a pitch in the second inning during their game against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Minute Maid Park on August 21, 2015 in Houston, Texas.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Mike Fiers no-hits the Dodgers

On Friday night, Houston Astros starter Mike Fiers threw the fifth no-hitter of the 2015 season, blanking the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-0. Fiers struck out ten, walked three, and threw 134 pitches during the no-hitter. This is Houston’s first since a combined no-hitter at Yankee Stadium in 2003 and the first by a single pitcher […]