Madison Bumgarner

Madison Bumgarner is almost single-handedly keeping the Giants afloat

August is just about in the books, and the Giants managed to survive a brutal schedule and keep themselves within striking distance of a playoff spot. And while we’re supposed to believe baseball is a team game, they basically have one person to thank for keeping them in contention: Madison Bumgarner. Bumgarner had one of […]

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 30:  Michael Cuddyer #23 of the New York Mets follows through on a seventh inning RBI base hit against the Boston Red Sox at Citi Field on August 30, 2015 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

Best hitters and pitchers: Week 20

Welcome to Week 20 in our ongoing series highlighting the best hitters and pitchers from the previous week. This week features two offensive performances by players that we’re almost certainly going to see in the playoffs. One of them you’d expect to see here. The other is something of a surprise. Our pitchers are also […]

ATLANTA, GA - AUGUST 28:  Brian McCann #34 of the New York Yankees reacts with Brett Gardner #11 after hitting a three-run homer in the eighth inning against the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on August 28, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

Weighing the scales of parity in the American and National Leagues

The current standings in baseball are weird. The second Wild Card was added to increase interest in the final month of the season by keeping more teams in the running and it is doing that, but only in the American League. Without it, the Yankees would be running away with the sole Wild Card, four […]

LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 30:  Jake Arrieta #49 of the Chicago Cubs throws a pitch against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Dodger Stadium on August 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Jake Arrieta no-hits the Dodgers

The Los Angeles Dodgers were no-hit for the second time in ten days on Sunday night. The culprit this time around? NL Cy Young candidate Jake Arrieta of the Chicago Cubs. In Chicago’s 2-0 victory, Arrieta struck out 12, walked one, and allowed one runner to reach on an error by second baseman Starlin Castro. […]

Cleveland Indians General Manager Mark Shapiro smiles during a news conference at Progressive Field on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2010,  in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cleveland Indians announced, effective at the conclusion of the 2010 season, that Shapiro will assume the role of club President. Coupled with Shapiro?s promotion to President, Chris Antonetti will be promoted to Executive Vice President, General Manager. (AP Photo/Jason Miller)

Mark Shapiro jumps to Toronto, ends near quarter century in Cleveland

The rumors first started about August 21st that Indians president Mark Shapiro could be headed to Toronto and now, it appears that it will in fact be the case. The Blue Jays’ current president Paul Beeston, who has been with the team in some capacity since 1976, was nearly forced out in the previous off-season, […]

ANAHEIM, CA - JUNE 15:  Addison Reed #43 of the Arizona Diamondbacks follows through on a pitch in the ninth inning on his way to picking up the save against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on June 15, 2015 in Anaheim, California.  The Diamondbacks won 7-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Mets acquire Addison Reed from Diamondbacks

THE METS. ARE. GOING. FOR IT! On Saturday, the NL East leaders acquired Addison Reed from the Arizona Diamondbacks, pending a physical. The 26-year old Reed has a 4.20 ERA in 40 2/3 innings this year, his second in Arozna, to go along with 34 strikeouts and 14 walks. However, Reed was banished to the […]

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, […]