Six takeaways from this weekend’s MLB Championship Series action

The possibility of cursed franchises meeting for baseball’s ultimate prize got only slightly closer. Cleveland is halfway to the World Series after taking the first two games of the ALCS against the Toronto Blue Jays at Progressive Field. Chicago, however, wasn’t able to pull off the same result. The Cubs stirred the Wrigley Field faithful with […]

Biggest question for each remaining MLB playoff team

There isn’t much left on the long road to a World Series title. Each of the four teams remaining are fully capable of taking it the distance — some, perhaps, more so than others. And by the time both League Championship Series match-ups conclude, these critical questions will be answered. Cleveland Indians: Can their pitching suppress […]

Best, worst players during MLB playoffs so far

The postseason provides an opportunity for players to raise their stature in the MLB hierarchy. With the spotlight squarely on a select group, it’s also a time in which others becomes victims to playoff pressure. If ever there was a best to have a hot streak or worst time to have a slump, this would […]

Eight takeaways from first week of the MLB postseason

We’re ten games into the 2016 MLB playoffs (if you count the pair of Wild Card showdowns), and there’s already plenty to discuss — from bullpen management to unsung heroes to the benefits of home-field advantage. Out of the many conclusions one can take from this opening week of the postseason, here are the most noteworthy. 8. Corey Seager is […]

Ten storylines to watch during MLB playoffs

The arrival of the baseball postseason greatly lessens the amount of teams that can still dream of a World Series. In turn, the level of drama and second-guessing is ratcheted up (just look at Tuesday’s Orioles-Blue Jays game for proof). The number of narratives are also plentiful. Here are ten of the most significant as […]

Why the Chicago Cubs won’t win the World Series

This sentimental World Series favorite is also the logical one. When compared to the other postseason participants, the Chicago Cubs only come up short in weaknesses. The lineup features two MVP candidates and the rotation boasts four legitimate Cy Young contenders. As a team, the Cubs rank third in runs scored, second in on-base percentage, first in ERA, first in […]

Potential x-factor for each team in MLB playoffs

With the grand opportunity to participate in the MLB playoffs, star players often rise to the occasion and come up big in the clutch. But less likely heroes also emerge. Aside from the notable headliners among the ten teams left to chase for the World Series title, let’s look at a player on each club who are prime candidates to […]

Vin Scully’s most memorable broadcasting moments

Much has changed since April 1950. Color television was invented, the Berlin Wall went up and came down, and the United States has seen 12 different presidents. Vin Scully, however, remained a constant. But on Sunday, the ever-present and everlasting voice of the Dodgers will call it a career after 67 incredible seasons behind the mic. Scully has witnessed […]

Breaking down the contenders for MLB Rookie of the Year

Monday’s Presidential Debate may have set the political world abuzz, but the question over who should who should win the American League Rookie of the Year is also generating a fervent discussion. There’s no need to fact check the legitimacy of the Yankees’ Gary Sanchez or the Tigers’ Michael Fulmer. Their respective numbers clearly state strong […]

Breaking down the MLB Wild Card races

The respective battles for the final two MLB playoff spots in each league are living up to their descriptor. With roughly a week of regular-season play remaining, both the AL and NL races have the potential to go down to the wire and feature plenty of unpredictable moments–and we’ve seen a lot already. The Mets […]

Ranking the contenders of the Cy Young races

With summer drawing to a close and the weather beginning to get a bit cooler, we’re nearing the point of the MLB season where elite starting pitchers really show their worth. We took a look at the best in both the American and National Leagues, and ranked them by chance of winning the coveted Cy […]

Yankees’ recent success sparks hope for next season

By late July, all signs suggested a term that’s quite foreign to the regal Yankee franchise: rebuilding. But the evidence of such an act became quite clear as the trade deadline neared. Despite being around the .500 mark, the front office brass in the Bronx decided it was time to part ways with veteran players in lieu of prospects. […]

Ranking the contenders of the MLB MVP races

Nearly every MLB player enters a new season in hopes of winning a World Series ring. However, as far as individual achievements go, none are more revered than the coveted Most Valuable Player award. With less than one month of regular-season play remaining, here are the leading candidates that are vying for the popular vote in each league. National League […]

Dave Roberts’ first year as manager worthy of high praise

It’s not often that the field manager of a franchise with such deep pockets is credited for his resourcefulness. But that term applies to Dave Roberts, who — in his first year as the head man on the Dodgers’ bench — has them in position to win the NL West. Los Angeles went into this season […]

Eight MLB x-factors vital to their team’s postseason hopes

With roughly four weeks of MLB regular-season play remaining, playoff talk is heating up and the pretenders are finally beginning to distance themselves from the contenders. We’re also seeing a few underrated players stepping up for their respective teams, who will need contributions from these “x-factors,” especially in October. These eight players will likely play […]

Streaking, slumping MLB players after August

Over the course of the long year, a streak or a slump can arise at any time. But the occasion in which these events are magnified most — at least as far as the regular season is concerned — would have to be September. Thus, the players on this list should be exuding, or lacking, confidence entering this […]

Toronto Blue Jays building for World Series run

For whichever team comes out on top in the AL East, it will have earned the title. This race couldn’t be much tighter nearing the final month. Three teams are separated by only three games. The difference between first place and fourth place? Just 6.5 games. The trio at the head of the division share a common trait as the Baltimore Orioles, Boston Red […]

Royals’ resurgence sparks playoff hopes for defending champions

Anyone who has watched the Royals over the past three seasons knows it’s a colossal mistake to count them out. Consider yours truly one of those who committed that mistake. By winning nine in a row (a string that ended Wednesday afternoon at the hands of Jose Fernandez and the Miami Marlins) and having gone 17-5 since the […]

Ranking the MLB divisional races

In the long road that is the MLB regular season, there is more in the rear view mirror than what lies ahead. However, the most important games of the year have yet to occur. And considering how one week can alter the status of a pennant chase, the forecast for these divisional battles are certainly subject to […]

Should Mets manager Terry Collins be on the hot seat?

When asked what makes a good manager, the ever-quotable Yogi Berra responded: “good players.” In contrast, a manager is oftentimes the primary casualty for poor on-field performance. That’s been the woe of Terry Collins – the man who led the Mets to a World Series last October – and the man who could be out […]

Pretenders, contenders in MLB right now

With just over two-thirds of the 2016 MLB season in the books, we now have a better understanding of which teams will be in the playoff picture heading into September. However, some of these teams that appear to be legitimate contenders are simply illusions, with their glaring weaknesses likely to be exposed down the stretch. Here are the clubs that are for real, along with the ones that will soon fade away. Contenders Toronto […]

What’s wrong with the Kansas City Royals?

The latest victims of a World Series hangover, the Kansas City Royals are 55-59 — third place in the American League Central. The distance between themselves and the division-leading Cleveland Indians is 9.5 games, while four teams and 6.5 games separate K.C. from a Wild Card spot. To put it in a much clearer perspective, there […]

Alex Rodriguez’s eight most memorable MLB career moments

How do you describe Alex Rodriguez’s Yankees career in one word? Try “complicated.” Since being acquired by New York prior to 2004, Rodriguez slugged 351 home runs (bringing his career total to 696), tallied 1,579 hits (totaling 3,114), drove in more than 1,000 runs, and helped lead baseball’s most legendary franchise to its 27th World Series title in […]

Who are the overlooked MLB postseason contenders?

The front-runners of the 2016 MLB pennant chase have been established. It’s the Cubs, Nationals, Giants, and Dodgers in the National League. It’s the Orioles, Blue Jays, Red Sox, Indians and Rangers heading the American League. But it would be short-sided to simply pass over the teams that aren’t normally being discussed as World Series […]

Streaking, slumping MLB players after July

Now that August has rolled around, with just over two months of regular-season play remaining, a good number of MLB teams still find themselves in playoff contention. A few of them have improved by trading for a big-name player, while others have elected to stand idle, preferring to roll with their current roster. This is […]