SEATTLE, WA - JULY 06:  Starting pitcher Alfredo Simon #31 of the Detroit Tigers pauses on the mound after giving up an RBI double to Brad Miller of the Seattle Mariners in the fourth inning at Safeco Field on July 6, 2015 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Tigers should accept reality and become trade deadline sellers

Please indulge me as I begin this post with a qualifier: As someone who’s covered the Detroit Tigers and grew up rooting for them, I understand how this team has operated under Mike Ilitch’s ownership and Dave Dombrowski’s tenure as president and general manager. I realize that most of the following column will be hypothetical. […]

CHICAGO, IL - MAY 24: Jose Quintana #62 of the Chicago White Sox pitches against the Minnesota Twins during the first inning on May 24, 2015 at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jon Durr/Getty Images)

Checking in on my dark horse Cy Young candidates

Before the season started, I chose five pitchers who I thought had a small, but legitimate shot at garnering at least a few Cy Young votes. Now, with the season just over halfway complete, it’s time to check in on how my dark horses are performing. Jose Quintana – Chicago White Sox Through 16 starts, […]

BALTIMORE, MD - JUNE 26:  Corey Kluber #28 of the Cleveland Indians pitches in the first inning during a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 26, 2015 in Baltimore, Maryland.  (Photo by Mitchell Layton/Getty Images)

Your 2015 All-Star snubs

This, as in every year, there are players left out of the All-Star game who are seemingly deserving, but things aren’t as bad as they could have been. Jose Altuve made a miraculous comeback in the fan voting at the last moment to save one wasted roster spot that had been slated for Omar Infante, […]

PITTSBURGH, PA - JUNE 14: Jonathan Papelbon #58 of the Philadelphia Phillies pitches against the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th inning during the game at PNC Park on June 14, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Jonathan Papelbon still wants out of Philly

I feel like I’ve written a version of this headline about five times over the past year, but it’s really only been four. My apologies. Anyway, as we roll along towards the All-Star Break and the trade deadline, lone Philadelphia Phillies All-Star Jonathan Papelbon is reiterating his desire to be traded to a contender before […]

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 21: Andrew McCutchen #22 of the Pittsburgh Pirates in action against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on June 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Here are your 2015 All-Star reserves and pitchers

The All-Star Selection Show continued into its second day on ESPN Monday night, and the reserves and pitchers for the American and National Leagues were revealed. The starters were announced before Sunday Night Baseball on ESPN. Andrew McCutchen will be starting in the outfield to replace Giancarlo Stanton for the National League, and Kris Bryant […]

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 03:  Chris Johnson #23 of the Atlanta Braves strikes out against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the MLB game at Chase Field on June 3, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Braves will be most interesting team to watch at trade deadline

We’re three and a half weeks away from the 2015 trade deadline, and the buyers and sellers are crammed pretty tightly together. Hell, the only two teams we *know* will be selling are the Brewers and Phillies, and the extent of their selling is still unknown. But one team that could conceivably both buy and […]

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - SEPTEMBER 16: J.D. Martinez #28 of the Detroit Tigers hits a three-run home run against the Minnesota Twins during the ninth inning of the game on September 16, 2014 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Twins defeated the Tigers 4-3. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Best hitters and pitchers: Week 13

Welcome the thirteenth week of our ongoing series highlighting the previous weeks best hitting and pitching performances. This week we feature 3 hitters: One a player passed up by 29 clubs when cheaply available, one a superstar who isn’t close to hitting his prime, and an aged veteran in his last season. We also highlight […]

OAKLAND, CA - MAY 31:  Stephen Vogt #21 of the Oakland Athletics is congratulated by teammates after they beat the New York Yankees at Coliseum on May 31, 2015 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

The 2015 first half all-surprise team

The first half is officially in the books for most teams in the league, as all but four teams across the league have played 81 games. Since we’ve reached this threshold, we thought it would be interesting to take a look at the biggest (positive) surprises of the first half and create a team based […]

Cameron Maybin

Braves aren’t keen on trading Cameron Maybin

Cameron Maybin has been one of this year’s biggest surprises for the Atlanta Braves, but could the Braves sell high on him this summer? According to ESPN’s Buster Olney, it doesn’t look like it. Through 73 games this season, Maybin has hit .294/.363/.416 with seven homers and 15 steals, a far cry from the .222/.280/.615 […]

KANSAS CITY, MO - JULY 07:  Manager Ned Yost #3 of the Kansas City Royals sits between All-Stars Alex Gordon #4 and Salvador Perez #13 during a press conference announcing their selection to the 2013 All-Star game prior to the game against the Oakland Athletics at Kauffman Stadium on July 7, 2013 in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

2015 All-Star starters announced, featuring four Royals

Well, the all-Royals lineup never happened, but the 2015 All-Star lineup still features a ridiculous about of Royal blue. Four members of the reigning AL champions were announced as All-Star starters on Sunday – Salvador Perez, Alcides Escobar, Lorenzo Cain, and Alex Gordon. But the leading vote getter in all of baseball wasn’t a Royal, […]

:HOUSTON, TX - JULY 01: George Springer #4 of the Houston Astros gets hit by a pitch in the fifth inning during their game against the Kansas City Royals at Minute Maid Park on July 1, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

Astros’ first base-DH surplus now helps cover George Springer injury

The Houston Astros have been the surprise of the 2015 season, building the best record in the AL and a five-game lead in their division. As we approach the All-Star break, the big question hovering over this team is whether or not they’re “for real,” can maintain this level of performance and get to their […]

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 09:  Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim owner Arte Moreno (R) talks with manager Mike Scioscia prior to the start of the home opener against the Oakland Athletics at Angel Stadium of Anaheim on April 9, 2013 in Anaheim, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball?

Are the Angels now the worst organization in baseball? It seems almost impossible that any franchise could ever step to the Marlins and dare displace them atop the dysfunction power rankings. Yet somehow in the last six months and culminating in the resignation of Jerry Dipoto, Arte Moreno and company have shown the world that […]

TORONTO, CANADA - MAY 8: Aaron Sanchez #41 of the Toronto Blue Jays delivers a pitch in the third 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)

Blue Jays need continued production from rookies to succeed in 2015

The Toronto Blue Jays (42-39, 1 GB in the AL East) entered this season in a full-blown youth movement. Yes, the team still had important veteran players, but the club opened with six rookies on its 25-man-roster. Three of those rookies didn’t make it very long. Miguel Castro, pegged as the closer early in the season, started […]

PHOENIX, AZ - JUNE 29:  Joc Pederson #31 of the Los Angeles Dodgers follows through on a swing after hitting a fourth inning home run against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 29, 2015 in Phoenix, Arizona.  (Photo by Norm Hall/Getty Images)

The longest home runs for the week ending July 2nd

Let’s all take a moment of silence to reflect on Giancarlo Stanton’s dominance of THE LIST, which may be coming to an end after he fractured his hamate bone. …… OK, now let’s get on with it. Joc Pederson is once again at the top of this week’s list, and he may be the man […]