KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 18:  Pitcher Yordano Ventura #30 of the Kansas City Royals is escorted off the field by umpire Greg Gibson #53 after hitting Brett Lawrie #15 of the Oakland Athletics with a pitch during the 4th inning of the game at Kauffman Stadium on April 18, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Yordano Ventura ejected for plunking Brett Lawrie

In case you were wondering whether or not Brett Lawrie’s hard slide into second base on Friday that injured Alcides Escobar would have repercussions, well, it did. On Saturday, Royals starter Yordano Ventura plunked Lawrie, leading to his immediate ejection from the game. There’s a lot not to like about Ventura throwing at Lawrie. For […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 29:  Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals gets a hits in the ninth inning against the San Francisco Giants during Game Seven of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium on October 29, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Home runs ruined our ability to appreciate production

We’re in a drought. No, not the literal kind (unless you live in California), I’m talking about the offensive kind. Still a little murky? Fine, we’re in a pitching heavy era of baseball. Does that clear it up? See, the steroid era that lasted for more than 20 years allowed us as fans to become […]

28 Feb 2002 : Drew Henson of the New York Yankees during the Spring Training game against the Cincinnati Reds at Ed Smith Stadium in Sarasota, Florida. DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Rick Stewart/Getty Images

When hype goes wrong: prospects who just couldn’t cut it

Everybody loves prospects, or at least the idea of prospects, to the point where the hype surrounding them can go off the charts. It reaches a point where every prospect is going to be great, every prospect is the next (great player X), and none of them will ever disappoint. That’s not to say that […]

TORONTO, CANADA - APRIL 14: Steven Souza Jr. #35 of the Tampa Bay Rays is congratulated by Logan Forsythe #11 after scoring the go-ahead run in the eighth inning during MLB game action as Miguel Castro #51 of the Toronto Blue Jays looks on on April 14, 2015 at Rogers Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

The longest home runs for the week ending April 16th

The balls aren’t starting to fly out of the park quite yet, but we still had some pretty majestic blasts over the second week of the 2015 MLB season, and our top five for the year was almost completely overhauled. 1. Steven Souza Jr. vs Daniel Norris, 463 feet (April 14th) This is just ridiculous. […]

Mets starter Zack Wheeler

The Mets are trying to overcome early season injuries

As the classic Queen song goes, “another one bites the dust.” This could also serve as the April refrain for the New York Mets. On Tuesday, third baseman David Wright was placed on the 15-day DL due to a strained hamstring. Wright joins the growing list of players for the Mets that are currently not contributing […]

MESA, AZ - FEBRUARY 27:  Kris Bryant #77 of the Chicago Cubs watches from the dugout during the spring training game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Cubs Park on February 27, 2014 in Mesa, Arizona  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Kris Bryant is getting called up by the Cubs on Friday

The time is now – the Chicago Cubs are calling up third baseman Kris Bryant for Friday’s game with the Padres. EVERYBODY FREAK OUT! Earlier today, we wondered whether or not a Bryant callup would be looming for the Cubs. Clearly, that callup was looming, and is indeed happening in the immediate future. Bryant spent […]

Jean Segura

Jean Segura’s hot start is encouraging

There’s not much going right for the Brewers in the young season and therefore not much for Brewers fans to celebrate. One bright spot, though, is the also young Jean Segura’s hot start. After experiencing the worst year of his personal and professional life Segura is storming back. Last year he hit .246/.289/.326. As of […]

Kris Bryant

Is a Kris Bryant callup looming for the Chicago Cubs?

One of the key storylines for the newly minted 2015 Major League Baseball season has been that of the imminent call up of top prospect Kris Bryant to the Chicago Cubs. A player that may have demonstrated his readiness to join the big league ranks by leading the league with nine spring training home runs, Bryant […]

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10 MLB players that need to step up in 2015

We’re nearly two weeks into the 2015 season, and are already getting some initial ideas of who the standout performers of the year could be. But of course, it’s early and more than 150 games remain on the schedule. That leaves an enormous amount of time for players to either maintain hot starts or break […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 6:   Alex Gordon #4 of the Kansas City Royals hits a two-run single in the seventh inning during a game against the Chicago White Sox on April 6, 2015 during opening day at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Were we all wrong about the Kansas City Royals?

Rushing to judgement about the success of a particular player or a specific team after only a week of the Major League Baseball season is always a rather questionable endeavor. This is particularly true in the event of declaring a team to be a contender or otherwise after such a limited sample size of games. […]

<>during the third inning at Fenway Park on April 13, 2015 in Boston, Massachusetts.

Mookie Betts has already become must-see television

Just over a week into the season, we’ve already seen plenty of intriguing storylines and overbearing narratives throughout Major League Baseball. However, there’s been a notable absence of the whole “baseball is dying” talk. Perhaps it’s because it’s still early in the season. Or that the pace of play changes are doing their job. Or […]


Rolling out the early-season MLB ‘Jump to Conclusions’ mat

Yes, it’s early. We’re just into the second week of the 2015 MLB season, and most teams have 155 games left to play. But after five months without meaningful baseball, it’s easy to react to what we’ve seen early on and form early impressions based on that. It takes a bit of time to reacquaint ourselves […]

at Nationals Park on April 8, 2015 in Washington, DC.

The Washington Nationals aren’t this bad, right?

Through seven games, the National League standings are a mess. The 6-1 Braves, roundly projected to finish fourth in the NL East, are doubling up their opposition on the season. The always erratic Colorado Rockies are 5-2 – and are 4-0 on the road, always a challenging task for them. After rolling through the bulk […]


Bold Orioles fan turns back on A-Rod, is fine with other PED users

I don’t necessarily think that a jackass like this needs much attention, but check out Orioles fan Tolbert Rowe. During Monday’s Yankees-Orioles game at Oriole Park at Camden Yards, Rowe brought attention to himself by standing and turning his back during Alex Rodriguez’s plate appearances. How bold, good sir! Rowe’s logic is also impeccable, according […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - APRIL 08:  Adrian Gonzalez #23 of the Los Angeles Dodgers hits a solo home run in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Dodger Stadium on April 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The best hitters and pitchers: Week 1

Welcome to the first in what will be a season long series highlighting the best hitters and pitchers of the previous week. Every Monday we’ll pick one hitter and one pitcher for top honors. We’re going to keep a running tally as well to see who comes out on top at the end of the […]