Clayton Kershaw

Clayton Kershaw may be having his best year yet

So, remember earlier in the year when Clayton Kershaw was done, or whatever the hell the narrative was? Over his first nine starts this year, Kershaw had an unacceptable (for him, at least) 4.32 ERA with 73 strikeouts and 16 walks in 58 1/3 innings. The good news for Dodgers fans is that the struggles were […]

ARLINGTON, TX - AUGUST 30:  Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers celebrates after scoring against the Baltimore Orioles on an RBI single hit by Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers in the bottom of the third inning at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 30, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)

Stepping up for the AL Wild Card

As mentioned earlier this week and fairly consistently throughout the season, the American League Wild Card race remains the most competitive in all of baseball. Since August 17th, the Yankees, Rangers, Blue Jays, Twins, Orioles, and Angels have all held one spot or the other and while Toronto and New York have played well enough […]

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 05:  Matt Williams #9 of the Washington Nationals yells towards the first base umpire during the sixth inning of the game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Nationals Park on August 5, 2015 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

Matt Williams is still hopelessly married to the idea of the closer’s role

When the Washington Nationals acquired Jonathan Papelbon before the trade deadline in July, it was expected that Matt Williams could be creative with another solid reliever in his bullpen. Of course, that hasn’t happened at all. Washington has played in 33 games since acquiring Papelbon on July 28th. He’s pitched in just 11 of them, including […]

Cy Young favorite Dallas Keuchel

Both the NL and AL Cy Young awards are still up for grabs

As we enter September, most of the races across baseball have been decided, or at least narrowed down. Josh Donaldson and Mike Trout are poised to battle for the AL MVP award. Bryce Harper seems destined to win the NL MVP, barring a massive collapse and a huge surge from Andrew McCutchen or Anthony Rizzo. […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - MAY 1:  Kelvin Herrera #40 of the Kansas City Royals throws in the eighth inning against the Detroit Tigers on May 1, 2015 at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

Two Royals players sidelined due to chickenpox outbreak

As we enter the last month of the regular season, many teams are worn down from injuries which happen throughout the grind of a long schedule. These traumas often have a big impacts on playoff bound teams whether its quad strains, shoulder soreness, or other common injuries. The Kansas City Royals are going to be […]

SEATTLE - JULY 09:  Executive Vice President & GM Jack Zduriencik of the Seattle Mariners speaks to the media at a press conference announcing a trade of starting pitcher Cliff Lee in exchange for first baseman Justin Smoak, pitcher Blake Beavan, Double-A Frisco reliever Josh Lueke and second baseman Matt Lawson of the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field on July 9, 2010 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

How the Mariners’ new GM can start cleaning up Jack Zduriencik’s mess

The next general manager of the Seattle Mariners has a considerable job ahead of him. Jack Zduriencik created quite a mess to clean up, constructing a roster of parts that didn’t fit together cohesively, nor provide the necessary offense for the Mariners to compete in the AL West. That exacerbated the problem of top prospects who never developed […]

at Globe Life Park in Arlington on August 25, 2015 in Arlington, Texas.

The best and worst MLB players of August 2015

As we move along into September, it’s time to look back at a wild August that saw the Blue Jays take hold of the AL East, the Mets take hold of the NL East, and the Angels and Nationals begin to completely fall apart. Let’s reflect on the best and worst players of August. AL […]

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, […]