COMMENTARY| The glaring weakness in the Cincinnati Reds' bullpen was never more obvious than during the team's loss on Sunday to the St. Louis Cardinals. With lefty Manny Parra in the bullpen and the Reds protecting a two-run lead in the seventh inning, right-handed reliever Sam LeCure was brought into the game and faced three left-handed hitters. In the 10th inning with the Reds down a run, righty J.J. Hoover remained in the game to face his third left-handed hitter of the inning -- the last one with two outs and the bases loaded. ... More »Cincinnati Reds Should Trade for Seattle Mariners' Lefty Oliver Perez, Slugger Michael Morse
COMMENTARY | The frustrating rookie season of Minnesota Twins outfielder Aaron Hicks took another blow on June 10 when he landed on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring. More »Which Minnesota Twin Will Be the Odd Man Out After Aaron Hicks' Injury?
COMMENTARY | The St. Louis Cardinals turned to Matt Carpenter during the offseason and asked him to spend time learning how to play second base. The goal was to get the young man's bat into the lineup every day. Shortly after the season started, coach Mike Matheny tasked Carpenter to apply his craft to the leadoff position in the batting order. Quietly, Carpenter has become one of the best in the National League at both in 2013. More »Matt Carpenter of the St. Louis Cardinals Is the All-Star No One Is Voting For
COMMENTARY | Ever since Ryan Braun made his debut for the Milwaukee Brewers back in 2007, the Brewers have been expected to be a winning team every year. Milwaukee has only won fewer than 80 games once since the perennial silver slugger joined the club. More »Breaking Down Why Milwaukee Brewers’ Ryan Braun is in Danger of Missing All-Star Game
COMMENTARY | Yasiel Puig is the talk of baseball right now. That's quite the statement considering he's playing for a last-place team in the Los Angeles Dodgers (27-35, 7 1/2 games back). More »Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers: Best Debut Week Ever?
COMMENTARY | After the disappointing start on June 8 against the San Diego Padres, Jeff Francis' future as a starter for the Colorado Rockies is under question. The 32-year-old was taken by the Rockies in the first round of the 2002 draft, but management has to be questioning whether there is any more potential for Francis as a starter. More »Jeff Francis Finished as Starter for Colorado Rockies
COMMENTARY | On Tuesday, June 11, the Pittsburgh Pirates' great hope in the rotation, Gerrit Cole, will make his major-league debut against the San Francisco Giants. More »Practice Patience Before Gerrit Cole's First MLB Start
COMMENTARY | For 20 years, the Atlanta Braves were able to use permanent ink to write Chipper Jones' name into the three-hole of the batting order. This season, there have been more eraser marks on the Atlanta lineup card than a "Hello My Name Is" sticker at a Schizophrenia convention. Justin Upton has managed to remain the Braves' No. 3 hitter for much of the season, but, his recent struggles suggest the team may be better off with manager Fredi Gonzalez writing him in somewhere else in the order -- preferably in pencil. More »Atlanta Braves: Justin Upton Should Not Be Hitting No. 3 in the Batting Order
COMMENTARY | Though just a third-round draft pick of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1988, Billy Ashley quickly became a "can't-miss" slugging prospect due to his prodigious power potential. Between 1990 and 1992, Ashley established himself as a big-time power threat in the minors by clubbing 68 homers. More »Billy Ashley: The Los Angeles Dodgers’ 'Can’t-Miss' Power Prospect Who Failed in Grand Fashion
COMMENTARY | The Texas Rangers rewarded 2-time All-Star shortstop Elvis Andrus with an 8-year, $118 million contract in the offseason. More »Will the Real Texas Rangers Shortstop Elvis Andrus Please Stand Up?
COMMENTARY | There is joy in the unknown, and that is why it is fun to watch Minnesota Twins righty Sam Deduno pitch. Not only do you have no idea where his pitches are going, but, most of the time, he also doesn't have a clue. More »The Joy of Watching Samuel Deduno of the Minnesota Twins Pitch
COMMENTARY | In January of 2011, the Chicago Cubs made a significant trade for Tampa Bay Rays' pitcher Matt Garza. The idea at the time was that Garza would come in and help anchor the Cubs' starting rotation. Garza's durability was questioned even as the trade was in the works, but the consensus was that he was recovered from his injuries and was ready to be the ace so many people presumed he could be. More »Chicago Cubs: Was the Trade for Matt Garza Worth It?
COMMENTARY | The list of Washington Nationals first-round busts isn't especially long, in part because they've only been drafting for nine years but also because they've been unusually successful in the draft. More »The Washington Nationals' Top Five First-Round Busts
COMMENTARY | Roy Oswalt is loosening up for a return to the major leagues in the coming weeks. More »Can Roy Oswalt Make the Colorado Rockies Legitimate Contenders in NL West?
COMMENTARY | I know, I know, worrying about Starlin Castro at this point is the equivalent of parachuting out of a plane because of a little bit of turbulence. It's too early, it's too quick, and it's an overreaction. But what if Starlin Castro isn't the future superstar we all thought he was? More »What If the Chicago Cubs' Starlin Castro Isn't the Superstar We All Thought He Was?
COMMENTARY | It is perhaps the most anticipated arrival for any Pittsburgh Pirate in recent memory. The news broke over the weekend that Gerrit Cole, the overall No. 1 pick in the 2011 draft, will make his Major League debut Tuesday against the San Francisco Giants at PNC Park. It didn't take long for the comparisons and hype to start rolling in. More »What Are the Pittsburgh Pirates Getting with Gerrit Cole?
COMMENTARY | Michael Pineda threw actual pitches in an actual baseball game on Sunday, June 9. More »Michael Pineda Sighting Exciting News for New York Yankees
COMMENTARY | Shhh! Don't make any sudden movements. Jason Heyward has actually been spotted hitting some of the baseballs that are thrown in his general direction. You have to be very quiet and make sure you don't startle him, and…oh great, look what you did; you just had to get up to get a drink, didn't you? You scared him off. Now there is no telling when he may surface again. More »Jason Heyward Finally Batting .200: Are the Atlanta Braves Now the Team to Beat in the NL?
COMMENTARY | The Minnesota Twins announced on Sunday, June 9, that one of the top prospects in baseball, Miguel Sano, has been promoted from Class A Ft. Myers (Fla.) to Class AA New Britain (Conn.). Sano is now just two steps from the major leagues, but the Twins have shown that they are willing to have players skip Class AAA. More »Minnesota Twins: Could Promotion of Miguel Sano Mean a 2014 Call-up?
COMMENTARY | Before Byron Buxton dominated the lower levels of the Minnesota Twins' organization, the key focus was on a 20-year-old third baseman named Miguel Sano. More »How Close is Miguel Sano to Making His Major League Debut for the Minnesota Twins?
COMMENTARY | It's really no coincidence that the Milwaukee Brewers won back-to-back games in which their bullpen started. For those who have played close attention to Milwaukee's agonizing 2013 season, it shouldn't come as much of a surprise, either. More »Milwaukee Brewers’ Top Trade Targets Should All Come from the Minor League Level
COMMENTARY | While the Chicago White Sox are quickly sinking into Chicago Cubs-like obscurity, the Chicago Blackhawks are on top of the world. While the Blackhawks look for their second Stanley Cup in four years, the White Sox's 2005 World Series title feels like it is in the distant past. What can the White Sox learn from the President's Trophy winning Blackhawks? More »What the Chicago White Sox Can Learn from the Chicago Blackhawks
COMMENTARY | On June 8 the Texas Rangers played an 18-inning game for the 5th time in their history, tying the team record for the longest game in terms of number of innings. More »What Do Most 18-Inning Games Played by the Texas Rangers Have in Common?
COMMENTARY | Before we get too excited about the Major League Baseball draft, let's remember that, for the most part, we haven't seen these guys play. We're putting a whole lot of trust in statistics, scouts, and media reports, and probably relying a bit too much on our own perceptions. More »New York Mets Look to the Future with a Name from the Past
COMMENTARY| June 11th marks the 75th anniversary of the first no-hitter legendary Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Vander Meer threw in 1938. His second no-hitter just four days later marked the only time that a major league pitcher has dealt back-to-back no-hitters in consecutive starts. The feat will likely never be matched and is virtually impossible to top, but as a can't-miss prospect during his era, Vander Meer almost failed to realize his potential and make history. More »Johnny Vander Meer was Cincinnati Reds' Can't-Miss Prospect Who Nearly Failed